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Beethoven Syndrome!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Gabu, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. Yes, I would continue to play.

  2. No, I would not play if I couldn't hear the music.

  1. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Here is something I thought of today, and I am curious how people will respond to it... If you woke up deaf tomorrow, but still able to play... would you?
  2. I voted no. I dont think i would play bass anymore if i couldn't hear. To me, bass is mostly about grooving and meshing with others. Something that would put a lot of burden on others if I couldn't hear. The first thing I would do is learn how to read lips well (i would probably cry first, but yeah). Then I would probably start piano again, and maybe take up classical guitar. I would probably be too scared to play anything original, at least for a while, and there's no shortage of other people's music to play, so that's probably what I would do.
  3. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    I think I would.

    My theory is, while I would be deaf, other senses would be enhanced.
    Possibly feel the difference in vibrations of various notes and be able to play by that.
  4. I would die trying to play! If you knew the songs already it would be eaisier, all you would need is a set list, then watch the drummers hats for the quarters, then wait for the evil eyes when you screw something up :D
  5. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    i have no idea. I hope I never find out.
  6. Tom Crofts

    Tom Crofts

    Mar 15, 2001
    That's a grim, grim thought.

    I put no, otherwise I might be tempting fate...
  7. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    I decided no also... I hate to be so selfish, but I wouldn't bake pies just to watch other people to eat them, either.

    I guess I am in the music biz to entertain myself. ;)
  8. Perfect-Tommy


    Mar 28, 2004
    I voted yes because it's my living. If I could get disability, maybe I would quit.
  9. I voted no. I started playing because I wanted to have fun, and without being able to hear what I'm playing, where's the fun?
  10. I think I could, but it would be different. I'd keep playing for the sake of feeling the bass and what it does for me, but playing with a band would take a much more theoretical perspective. It would heavily depend on theory and less on hearing.
  11. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    GAH!! I just had a dream about this very thing this morning! :bag:

    I would definitely give up music. No point in playing if you can't hear yourself. I would sell off all my gear, and travel the world like David Carradine in Kung Fu.
  12. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    I had a discussion in one of My speech Path. classes a few weeks ago as to whether we would rather be deaf or blind. The majority of the class said they would rather be deaf than blind, but If I actually had to choose one, i would rather be blind. Without hearing, I would loose everything i've worked for these past years.

    If I were deaf though, I think I would stop playing bass, i doubt I would get enjoyment out of it...
  13. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Sure, I'd join k0rN !
  14. Yes! Give me a lead sheet, let me have eye contact with the band, (and I already feel my bass as much as I hear it), maybe a little known fact: Pete Townshend was near-total deafness years ago, he was equipped with very expensive in-ear monitors to aid him a bit, and he went right on jamming!
    I guess I play bass, cause it's what I do, Im not much good, nor interested in doing anything else....so Id have to go on playing. :D
  15. andrewd


    Sep 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    well id probably have to invest in a subcontrabass and some kickin subwoofers so i could feel it better ;)

    then i'd sign up for experimental procedures for getting deaf people to hear again. they're getting better at stuff like that. :)
  16. maybe i'd start drumming. seams most drummers are deaf anyway.