I'm a woman with Aspergers Syndrome. Of course, I'm sure I've made a post similar to this before, but I haven't been on hear for quite a while so I just feel like I need to recap. I was diagnosed at about 6/7 years old, and have known for a long that there was something remarkably different about me. But to be honest, I'm quite glad I am. It makes feel like I don't have try to please or impress everyone. All in all, I think I'm quite proud of who I am. I mean, yes of course I know certain quirks, flaws and maybe one or two habits I need to break, but all in all, I'm pretty ok.
My situation isn't perfect though. Far from it in fact. I graduated from university back in July, and I'm still not any closer to finding a job on a permanent or long-term basis. All I'm doing right now is volunteering at my local theatre, and that's only once a week. I know it's good experience for me; it's something to put on my CV and I can gain another reference, but it would be really useful if I got some work that will help me progress both professionally and personally. You see, I graduated with a music degree, and I definitely want to put it to use. Ideally, I would to go into music education, either as a music teacher or a music therapist. I would also like to fit in performing somewhere along the line as well. But, if I'm perfectly honest, I'm not sure where to start with in terms of my musical abilities. Let me tell you, I'm no virtuoso, that's for sure. I definitely like I've let them slip for quite a while, even when I was at university. I play the piano, clarinet and voice. I definitely improve my abilities on all three of these and maybe also take up another instrument sometime in the future, preferably the saxophone. I had to play it for a module during a BTEC Music course 5 years ago. I've got no clue though how to set up a practice routine for all these instruments. If anyone has any ideas, please feel free to comment below. I'm still a pretty decent musician though; I'm good at musical improvisation and have the gift of perfect pitch. It's come in very handy with other skills such as aural listening and transposing.
Are there any other musicians on here? Please comment below about any musical experiences you've had and what special abilities you have, I'd love to hear them.
I've dabbled a bit, sometimes I feel quite creative and I learned piano to grade 5 as an adult. Also learned the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata so that I could play it and concentrate on the expression without the pain of having to look at (and physically handle! i.e. page turns etc.) the sheet music. But once I'd achieved that lifetime goal, I ran out of impetus to do more. I've looked at Clare de Lune many times but once the ridiculously fast arpeggios start I stop.
I used to play recorder as a child and once collected most of the variants from soprano to tenor (bass?). Every now and then I get into transposing, arranging etc but haven't for years. I have sometimes been fascinated by music theory as it can be slightly esoteric. I always wanted perfect pitch and used to try to train myself, but I just don't have it :-).
I learned to play synth - I can't play piano or any real instrument - but using a computer and a few synths I can create electro music. I know 'technically' what to do - I just can't actually do it - so the computer means I can download my brain and create and assemble music in step-time, one note or chord at a time - it's slow & laborious but that pleases me - think early Depeche Mode, Numan or Ultravox - big sounds in big soundscapes. I 'see' music in 3d - all the individual tracks next to each other and the wiggly path the notes take form worm-like repeating strands.
nice to see a music thread. i'm at work though, so can't jump right in today.
I play piano , flute, guitar and drums and i can't read music but i play by ear. I self taught from the age of 4. I see music in 3 d shapes (like Mr Plastic ) , it's a kind of geometry with keys and chords, whereas melody lines are like graphlines.
My fingers can't do as skillfully what my brain wants them to do but given i work a lot, I can't complain. My skill recovers quickly when i start playing again.
I have been really obsessed with music at times, and I've chosen not to work in music because (a) i can't teach anyone to play like i do and (b) i would probably have a really unhealthy lifestyle where the day and night never end but just blur into one another.
I don't particularly like other people listening to me but i have performed in a band . i like to jam, providing others can play by ear or have their own chords / whatever
I'm really tired these days as we have a huge pressure at work, so i'm quite depressed due to having to stay away from my love of music for some time . When i do jump in, i immerse myself and don't come out for ages. it swallows me whole. I miss having any friends to jam.
People often try to get me to read music but i can't. I see the music, so i can't both see the sound and the notes, they would get in the way of one another. I tell people I'm musically dyslexic.
I wonder.....is playing by ear an ASD thing? I used to play my recorders by ear and could do so easily. Sight reading is my bete noir and that frustrated me so I forced myself to learn piano "properly" and had enough success to satisfy me. I always fancied playing sax as I'm damn sure I could ad lib & jam - maybe I will take it up :-)
I don't know, but in my family the ones with the most autistic traits are the most musical. I took some music exams as a child and got high marks on my pieces but failed to score the minimum 10 points on any sight reading to get the actual exam certificate.
I learnt my recorders by ear as a child. I can read music but playing my ear is so much better for me!
I should really tell people I'm musically dyspraxic. I can't seem to process mental inputs and outputs rapidly enough to even begin to look slightly competent. (Yet another Cubs badge that never happened!) And yet I'm fascinated by most things avant-garde or experimental.
Another musician here! Ive been obsessed with music from a young age, through school i would try any instrument i could get my hands on, and age 9-17 played trumpet to a good level, but then i quit music after a bad experience.
5 years ago age 27 i took up learning the violin and have been obsessed from day 1. I practice for hours every day and am working towards doing grade 8 exam at the min (maybe next summer). I find it helps me to have something to focus on other than work, and i like a challenge!
I hate playing in front of other people though, including my teacher, i still struggle to play on my own to him even after 5 years of lessons, usually he has to start by playing along with me the first few times to build up my confidence a bit
I dont know if my obsession with music is linked to autism as im not diagnosed yet and have only recently been referred for assessment
Congrats on working towards grade 8! What kind of music do you like to play?
Thank you, i mainly play classical but also have an electric violin and dabble in Jazz/fusion