Blues, Classical, Experimental, Heavy Metal, Jazz, Latin, Musical Theater, Opera, Rock, Sacred, Traditional, World
I am interested in:
Composing / Arranging, Music History, Music Theory, Performing, Songwriting / Writing Lyrics
My musical instrument(s):
My favorite artists, influences, and inspirations are:
Rock: Queen, David Bowie, Rainbow, Jimi Hendrix etc...
(Mostly 70s and 80s when it comes to Rock and Metal)
Grunge (yes I think of it as a complete genre outside of Rock)
Blues: B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson, Joe Bonamassa
Jazz: Hank Garland, Django Reinhart, Stanley Jordan, Emily Remler, Dhafer Youssef
Classical: J.S. Bach, L.W. Beethoven, Fredric Chopin, Rachminoff, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Henry Purcell, Alexander Scriabin etc...
More about me:
Even Though I'm a Singer and an Amateur Guitarist, these were never the first instruments that caught my eye. It all started when I was around 10 to 12 I was playing an RPG videogame called Chrono Cross and for a videogame, it had the most beautiful soundtrack I've ever heard, it was then (thanks to the game's opening) I wanted to play the flute, but when I asked a friend of mine how much would one cost it was around 900 Egyptian Pounds cheapest which were pretty much a lot for me back then, so I started to sing for pleasure.
And so as the days passed I started developing interest in playing the cello which was also too expensive for me and thus I never played it too.
but everything started to change when I was 15, then I discovered Rock and Heavy Metal and so I started listening to every single song I could find anywhere and when I was 17 I discovered virtuoso electric guitarists, then I could not bare it any longer.
That summer I bought a cheap classical guitar and started to practice mindlessly till I got my first Electric Guitar at 18.
and at the same year I took vocal lessons from a friend (which were the first time I took music lessons) and as time went by I practice both voice and guitar but ended up being a better singer than guitarist.
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hi muhammad! glad you are part of 'voices around the world'. i see from the comment thread that you are interested in composing, and working with harmony. i'm going to be continually posting videos in our group to start discussions about different ways people sing around the world, and perhaps this can give you some seeds of inspiration for composing your own music. is there a way i could hear your music?
Hey Mohamed. So you want jazz recommendations for music along the lines of Django Reinhardt and Hank Garland, but you want a different feel? So here's what I listened to for Django:
And here's what I found for Hank:
So for those guys, I'd go back to classic jazz from the 20s, through the 40s swing! Maybe start with Count Basie, Nat "King" Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, the Mills Brothers, Ragtime, and the New Orleans school. Also check out Honky Tonk/Rockabilly/Rock 'N Roll. And here's a list of Swing Guitarists in particular.
Want to hear someone live these days? Check out Max Raabe and Palast Orchester. And the composers Yann Tiersen and Michael Nyman might appeal to you (think the "Amelie" soundtrack). Singers Madeline Peyroux, Diana Krall, and Regina Spektor are fantastic too; all have that playful, light sound, but typically more somber and bluesy.
Hey Mohamed. Thanks for sharing your video in the chat. Is that your band performing? If so, it would be great if you could upload the video to the community so that everyone can easily access it. To do that, just go the Video page, click the +Add button, and it will take you here. Thanks.