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#1
Bit of an odd one so i'll make a hypothetical scenario to help.

Say you follow two people in a normal day, one of them is a master musician and one of them doesn't play. Do you think you could tell which one was which without watching them play? Do you think that there is any way of telling if someone is a proficient musician just by the way they act?

Is there anything in particular that you're looking out for?
are there any character traits that you'd assume would make you a musician..

Is there anything about being a musician that changes your day to day life is what I'm asking i guess

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#2
A musician will have a larger ego, dick, and IQ than a mere mortal.
#3
I would say the only real tell is appearance, I would be more likely to believe someone with long hair, sunglasses and a band shirt was a musician than someone in more plain/formal clothes, and of course the obvious stuff like if they carry a guitar with them or talk about music a lot.
#4
Some of the greatest blues artists of all time looked like your normal everyday people, acted like it too. Most skilled musicians that aren't super famous would be very hard to pick out. Hell, in Austin, everyone and their grandma is a skilled musician.
#5



I think it's pretty obvious.

...It's insanely hard to find a picture of an "average person" on the Internet. Drew Carey was the best I could do, okay?


On topic, I'm a musician, and I don't think you could tell from looking at me, especially since I cut my hair. I'm a pretty average looking guy. The only telltale sign is I still wear band T-shirts a lot, but it's not like you have to be a musician to wear a band T-shirt.

Besides, I play guitar, that's like one of the most common instruments to play. Since high school, I don't even blink when someone tells me they play guitar.
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I think it's pretty obvious.

...It's insanely hard to find a picture of an "average person" on the Internet. Drew Carey was the best I could do, okay?


drew carey is a musician. he can play instruments...
#12
The real musican would probably sling his dick around in helicopter fashion at traffic, but ONLY if it's a Tuesday.

The non musician would probably plaster his bum with a broomstick.


I really don't think I could tell
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#13
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If they tap their foot or keep time to any sound around them.


I do this so much, and it gets on a lot of people's nerves. I find my self tapping to an oscillating fan, or dripping water. Pretty much any repetitive sound I hear gets converted into a beat. I even find that I'll do things to whatever song is floating through my head. And of course, people always give me the stink eye because I'm disrupting them from studying or something. BITCH IF YOU'RE TRYING TO STUDY, GO TO ONE OF THE DOZEN LIBRARIES ON CAMPUS.

/rant
#14
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If they play guitar, they aren't a master musician. Or so a lot of wind players tell me.

Bleh, wind players are full of hot air.


*badum, tsh!*
#15
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Check if the suspect is air-drumming or air-bassing.

That would make every black dude pounding his fist to a rap beat a musician. Which I guess is technically true...
#16
Ask them there name, whoever has the crazier name is obviously the musician.
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#17
I'm glad someone else pointed out that Drew Carey is a musician. He's jammed with members of the Eagles. What have YOU done?
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#20
My guitar teacher in high school could hear literally any noise and tell you what note it was. He once told us that the lawn mowers at school made a G flat.
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#21
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I would say the only real tell is appearance, I would be more likely to believe someone with long hair, sunglasses and a band shirt was a musician than someone in more plain/formal clothes, and of course the obvious stuff like if they carry a guitar with them or talk about music a lot.



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#22
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If they play guitar, they aren't a master musician. Or so a lot of wind players tell me.
Tell those wind players that they're idiots.

Although, if your name is Herman Li, you're not a master musician.

OT: I usually expect a musician to have some sort of eccentric behavior.
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#23
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That would make every black dude pounding his fist to a rap beat a musician. Which I guess is technically true...




Also, to StewieSwan, I was obviously generalising, of course there are exceptions
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#24
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I do this so much, and it gets on a lot of people's nerves. I find my self tapping to an oscillating fan, or dripping water. Pretty much any repetitive sound I hear gets converted into a beat. I even find that I'll do things to whatever song is floating through my head. And of course, people always give me the stink eye because I'm disrupting them from studying or something. BITCH IF YOU'RE TRYING TO STUDY, GO TO ONE OF THE DOZEN LIBRARIES ON CAMPUS.

/rant


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#25
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My guitar teacher in high school could hear literally any noise and tell you what note it was. He once told us that the lawn mowers at school made a G flat.


My radio professor taught us that the buzz fluorescent lights make is almost a perfect B flat, and when you ask an American (I think it has to do with using AC as opposed to DC) to hum, they will hum a near perfect B flat
#26
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I read this in Dave Chapelle's voice.


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#27
They have callouses, for a guitar/bass player. They have a beat in their step, drummer. They sing at random times, singer. They are pretentious pricks, most everything else.

So, no, I probably couldn't.
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#28
Violinists get hickeys on their neck a lot.

Brass players (dunno about woodwinds) have stronger and more prominent cheek muscles.

Trained singers have a certain sing-songy quality to their voices when they talk.
#30
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Bleh, wind players are full of hot air.


*badum, tsh!*

We can also use our lips and tounges better than guitar players can.
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#31
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Also, to StewieSwan, I was obviously generalising, of course there are exceptions

What? I'm not a troll. I was being serious. I mean, if they're making a beat, then it's technically playing music... but the point is, I never troll.

Seriously, I've been posting regularly here for well over a year, you'd think people would start to recognize me.
#32
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My radio professor taught us that the buzz fluorescent lights make is almost a perfect B flat, and when you ask an American (I think it has to do with using AC as opposed to DC) to hum, they will hum a near perfect B flat


this is actually really interesting. i will try this when i have my chromatic tuner
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#33
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Violinists get hickeys on their neck a lot.

Brass players (dunno about woodwinds) have stronger and more prominent cheek muscles.

Trained singers have a certain sing-songy quality to their voices when they talk.

Guitarists have very strong hands.
Drummers have very synchronized hands and feet.
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#34
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My radio professor taught us that the buzz fluorescent lights make is almost a perfect B flat, and when you ask an American (I think it has to do with using AC as opposed to DC) to hum, they will hum a near perfect B flat

I hummed a near-perfect A.

What do I win?
#36
I finger play bass alot. I also conduct different songs seeing as how I'm the Drum Major, and I finger along to my trumpet, mellophone, flugelhorn, french horn and saxophones solos for all-state and all district. My hands are always moving.
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#37
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What? I'm not a troll. I was being serious. I mean, if they're making a beat, then it's technically playing music... but the point is, I never troll.

Seriously, I've been posting regularly here for well over a year, you'd think people would start to recognize me.


I recognize you, CapitalD. I haven't looked at your user name in months, I know you by your avatar.
#38
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I hummed a near-perfect A.

What do I win?


Same with me. Prize plz.
#39
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I hummed a near-perfect A.

What do I win?


A truck load of STFU
#40
Quote by CaptDin
What? I'm not a troll. I was being serious. I mean, if they're making a beat, then it's technically playing music... but the point is, I never troll.

Seriously, I've been posting regularly here for well over a year, you'd think people would start to recognize me.


Oh, alrite then, sorry mate. Guess I was expecting something like this: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1328384&highlight=hip+hop+popular
where someone makes a comment about hip hop and the "OMG Rap is so real music" brigade comes out and creates a 10 page shitstorm, probably one of the most quietly effective forms of trolling I've seen. Glad to see my troll detector was off on this one

I'll recognise you from now on
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