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Making original music

How do you know that the music you are making hasn't already been written? I have a decent level of proficiency with one instrument and recently branched out and have started learning the basics of a few others. I have never made original music and recently have started tooling around and playing my "own" songs on a combination of a few instruments. It seems unlikely that I am playing anything unique which leads me to wonder how does one know when they are? Thanks.
posted by mrdrummed on Jun 2, 2014 - 9 answers

How can I let myself be vulnerable in my new relationship?

I think I have some messed up ideas about relationships, that are going to get in the way of me finding true intimacy and being a really good partner to someone. I want to get over these ideas but am terrified that acting in a more authentic and loving way will backfire. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2014 - 8 answers

What is this card? What does it mean?

This past December, I went to Union Square in Manhattan, where there is a regular farmers' market and a seasonal Christmas market, the latter of which attracted a lot more people than usual, so there was a teaming mass of humanity to contend with as well. On the pavement, one of them left behind what I first thought, from its larger-than-average-playing card size, and diagonal pattern on the back, to have been a tarot card. However, when I turned it over, it was like no other tarot card I had seen. (I wish I could upload a picture, I scanned it and save it as a .jpg.) It did have a color illustration of a torso of a man who looked like a somewhat gaudy version of Shakespeare but carried a lute. It was not a full-card illustration like the average tarot card but a double-ended one like the court cards in regular playing cards. Instead of any of the well-known regular playing card symbols or the specific tarot card symbolism, this card design has a small black eight-pointed star in each corner. I'm curious about what it is and what it means or if it has some kind of specialized usage/significance. It was in a clear plastic sleeve so I thought it was some sort of collectible item or a sample/display item from one of the merchants, but they weren't selling any other similar cards.
posted by bunky on Jan 24, 2014 - 7 answers

If you're playing in my D&D campaign, please don't read this

I will be DMing a D&D campaign for the first time ever and I'm looking for some help/guidance on making this as enjoyable as possible for my players, mostly in terms of creating scenarios and encounters that are best resolved without combat. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jan 7, 2014 - 40 answers

Kids! How do they work?

Help! My new job involves making sure that little kids are entertained. [more inside]
posted by The River Ivel on Oct 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Tips and Tricks for playing concerts?

I have a big important concert that I'm playing coming up sort of soon. I'm not even sure what to ask... but here goes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2013 - 15 answers

It's like cake on a fork!

Hivemind, please help me come up with weird sayings for the RPG I'm in. [more inside]
posted by mon-ma-tron on Oct 5, 2012 - 31 answers

Reflections and the single-minded kitten

How do I distract my kitten when she refuses to stop trying to catch the reflections of light off of computer screens and ipads? [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Oct 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me play with my balls.

So I need to move some balls [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on May 10, 2011 - 3 answers

How to make your own Bank Note?

What are those cool swirly whirly patterns called on the back of playing cards and on Bank Notes? I want to create some, how do I go about finding how these are made? Is there source materials/tutorials for vector programs to get started? [more inside]
posted by flexiverse on Aug 18, 2010 - 11 answers

He just wants to play. All the damn time.

How do I convince my puppy to stop trying to play with the cats? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Jan 24, 2010 - 31 answers

What outdoor toys do your kids like?

Scooters, skateboards, tricycles... what else could we be playing with? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jan 13, 2010 - 18 answers

Game on!

Does anyone know where in the UK I can buy sheets of blank (on both sides) printable playing cards, similar to the ones from the US site 'www.plaincards.com'? I want to print out a home-designed card wargame and perforated card sheets would make life so much easier! Thanks in advance...
posted by timpollard on Dec 3, 2009 - 10 answers

3 guys, one chick.

How does one ethically play the field? I need advice on dating and being intimate with more than one person. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2009 - 14 answers

Lord of the Rings Playing Card Game

We're trying to find the rules for a Lord of the Rings themed playing card game, and we can remember about 90% of the rules. [more inside]
posted by spiderskull on Jul 20, 2009 - 2 answers

I can haz amateur historiez writingz?

I'm interested in writing one history book in my life, over a long period of time. I'm not, and most likely will not be getting, any sort of degree in history. I'm currently pursuing another career, and would like to research this over a long period, on the side. What would I be doing now to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on May 3, 2009 - 19 answers

Beautiful guitar pieces

Help me identify some beautiful ear-pleasing guitar pieces to learn and play at random. [more inside]
posted by gwpcasey on Mar 24, 2009 - 35 answers

Help Me Play the Piano

Can anyone help me navigate this web site? I am looking for piano pieces that a beginning to intermediate pianist can play. [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Jan 17, 2009 - 4 answers

Online guitar instruction?

Is there a great, free website where a child with no prior experience can learn to tune and play her new guitar? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jan 13, 2009 - 2 answers

investing on losers

Investing/Day Trading -Why is it bad to pick stocks off the losers of the day assuming they will rebound? [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Oct 27, 2008 - 29 answers

Not so Easy as Pie Reich

Inspired by this question: I have the sheet music to Steve Reich's MUSIC FOR 18 INSTRUMENTS. I bought it to understand the piece better. But, the individual parts played by themselves sound nothing like the actual piece. I am not a good enough pianist to create a full piano transcription of the piece. Does anyone have any advice as to how to play excerpts from this score but still have it sound like Reich? ( Maybe someone who knows the piece better than I do.)
posted by wittgenstein on Aug 6, 2008 - 5 answers

role playing as sexy sheriff

I am dressing up as a sexy sheriff to role play with my husband and I would like to get suggestions on what naughty things to say as a sheriff or something a sheriff would say to someone he pulled over for speeding?
posted by turkishLola on Oct 29, 2007 - 25 answers

Ripping and listening to my CD collection

I'd like to rip my CD collection and be able to listen to them when I'm not at my computer. I want to be able to listen to them in the living room or kitchen. I've got several hundred CDs. And I don't want to spend a ton of money. [more inside]
posted by GernBlandston on May 23, 2007 - 22 answers

Man can't get a few dimes?

I was just musically abused without my consent. Can you identify the perpetrator? [more inside]
posted by koshka on May 10, 2007 - 13 answers

recording/playing a tv show

Is it possible to record a tv show on to a pc and then later replay the recorded show on to my regular tv set, not my computer monitor but my actual tv. I know its possible to record a tv show on to a pc hard drive but I don't know for sure if its possible to replay that same show with out making a dvd.
posted by Noodles on Mar 9, 2007 - 17 answers

Stop my kitten or my cat will have no ears

How do I get my cat to stop biting my other cat's ears? [more inside]
posted by scazza on May 1, 2006 - 5 answers

impressive-sounding piano songs

Impressing people with piano music. [more inside]
posted by chronic sublime on Mar 26, 2006 - 26 answers

Boys will be boys.....

Does anyone have any advice for calming squabbling infants? [more inside]
posted by davehat on Feb 17, 2005 - 15 answers

DVD burner issues

I have a Pioneer DVD-ROM drive and it was quite good at playing DVDs. I didn't use it for playing movies for a long while and eventually installed a DVD-burner (Pioneer too, actually). Now I can't play movies on my original DVD-ROM drive. It just spits them back out with an unceremonious "No Disc Detected". Data discs, even burned DVD-Rs work fine, as I use the drive for my main drive. Playing them on the burner works fine. Is this copy protection at work or just a strange coincidence? [MI] [more inside]
posted by ontic on Jan 29, 2005 - 10 answers

Why does my wrist get tired from barre chords?

I've played the regularly guitar for eight years now and find that bar chords tire my hand/wrist/forearm *very* quickly. If the ratio between them and other chords is more than 50%, I just can't get through a whole song. This isn't terribly limiting overall, but it does make certain styles inaccessible. So I need some help. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by weston on Dec 27, 2003 - 17 answers

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