Introduction – Sawyer Neely

Hi everyone. I’m Sawyer and I am a current freshman here at Cornell, currently majoring in biology but still pretty much undecided. I’ve been playing music for as long as I can remember. I started Cello when I was four years old but fell out of it around the start of high school. I have also played trumpet since fourth grade and played it in my school’s wind ensemble and jazz band. I’d have to say my favorite instrument though is the piano despite only starting it freshman year of high school. I was trained classically but after hearing a piano tuner play our upright at home, I started to try and emulate his style which I assumed to be ¬†simple improvisation. I really like how with the piano, I’m able to play accompaniment for myself and play full chords as opposed to my previous instruments where I could only play a single line of notes.

For a while, I’ve been interested in recording my piano to make a loop so I could just focus on working each hand individually and I never really did that but I did get Logic this past summer and have experimented with that. I discovered a little about midi and found that I could edit them which I found to be pretty fun. So, when I saw this class, I knew I had to take it. I hope to be able to learn how to utilize a DAW to its potential and create a finished project. I like almost every genre of music and if anyone would like to collaborate, I’d love to do it.

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