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30+ years away from music -- I'm back!

ZarnonZarnon Posts: 42.0 PRO
Hello! I'm so psyched to be here! (Portland, Oregon)

I'm 57 and just got back into music a few months ago.

I used to play piano and sing in high school and a little bit with a band in college. I became focused on work and unfortunately some bad habits and let it all drift away except the rare karaoke.

In a month I'll have given up alcohol for a year. About 4 months I was thinking about playing piano again. So many doubts but I pushed the "buy" button and I had an 88 key Roland I was now committed to use. I relearning everything I knew and hoping to go further.

When I used to drink and sing karaoke, my voice was relaxed and I felt my singing was better. The first time I sang sober it came out like a squawk and I felt instantly uncomfortable in a way I hadn't before. I've been self-conscious about it since.

I hired a local voice coach recommended off Yelp. She gave me some exercises and an 18th century ballad I hated. After 3 lessons I felt as lost as I'd begun and began looking online.

That's where I ran into this course. The very YouTube video I found, Ken was talking about relaxing and opening the back of the throat like going to the doctor. As a physician I could totally relate to that! My voice connected with my diaphragm so much better! I felt I learned more in that video than I'd learned so far. That's when I bought the course.

So, I'm learning piano and singing at the same time. Learning songs I've wanted to play for years. I'm learning to mix/record as well on Abelton and building a modest home studio to work in. It's a fun, healthy hobby and sure beats golf!

I'm wrapping up a version of "Easy" by Lionel Ritchie and next up "China Grove". I hire musicians off Yelp for the parts and we put them together. Really fun stuff!

I'm diving into the course today. I've been listening to some of y'all the forum. Very glad to be here.


  • cwcwcwcw Posts: 2752.0 PRO
    Welcome from Cincinnati, Ohio. I've been here for 7 months (age 50). Good on you for getting off alcohol!

    As a physician, you know what hard work is like. KTVA is no different. Putting in meaningful practice time will get you where you want to be.

    Another doctor here is @doc_ramadani . He and many others are very helpful.

    Good singing to you!

  • HuduVuduHuduVudu Posts: 1,465Administrator, Moderator, Premium, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
    edited July 7
    Welcome from Texas Zarnon. :)

    Bill W. is a good guy to know and yah alcohol is anesthetic so you don't feel the pain/damage that you are causing to your voice.
  • maximgottmermaximgottmer Posts: 1602.0 PRO
    Welcome from Holland! greetings Maxim
  • doc_ramadanidoc_ramadani Posts: 2,284Administrator, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
    Hi @Zarnon,

    a warm Welcome from Germany, colleague. You will love this course and the nice people here. Your medical knowledge will also help you with a lot of things. Good to have you here.

  • ZarnonZarnon Posts: 42.0 PRO
    Thank you for the awesome welcome. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow!
  • WendyJaneWendyJane Posts: 532.0 PRO
    Hi @Zarnon welcome from the UK, great to have you here. I'm 50 and been doing the course for nearly 2 months and enjoying every minute. It can be very challenging at times but oh so worth it, I have learnt so much already. This is a really great place to learn amongst incredibly friendly and knowledgeable people. Great to be sharing the journey with you. :)
  • bentkbentk Posts: 1,116Pro, 2.0 PRO
    Welcome! Lots to learn at KTVA! :)

    All the best,

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