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Hello from Vermont!
Just stumbled across this site while looking for acoustic versions of "Love Don't Die" to play in our small duo, and watched Gabriella's version. Followed the links and found the forum, so I decided to join and read some posts. Looks very interesting and informative.
I'm "middle aged", did not sing or play anything for many, many years, and got back into it via Karaoke about 10 years ago, and have been hosting Karaoke nights once a month since then. About 3 years ago, I got into singing at open mics and began learning to play drums and sing. I saw a duo called "SIRSY", where the singer, a young lady named Melanie (who is now a friend), plays drums standing up while singing. She's very good, and I love going to their gigs. I began playing and singing standing up, and have been doing that for about 2 1/2 years now. I'm taking vocal lessons from her, too, and did purchase the Singing Success video package a few years ago. I got a little out of it, but not a ton, in my opinion. I've gotten more from Melanie's lessons than from the SS vids. We've hit a few "aha moments" over the past few months, and I'm beginning to see some changes, and having people "notice"... which is great fun.
I've recorded many Karaoke covers, and some tunes with several musicians (all amateurs, including me), and play or sing out about 3-4 times a month now, between hosting Karaoke, playing in the Due, and occasional Trio and open mics.
Look forward to reading, learning, and maybe one day purchasing some lessons here, when I have $$ available for it. For now, I'll continue what I'm doing, and see what happens!
I see that there are some members that seem to be very forthcoming with help and posts... that looks great!