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  1. 1. Instruments!

    • Trumpet
      7
    • Trombone
      3
    • Piano/Harpsicord/Organ
      34
    • Flute
      2
    • Cello/Bass
      4
    • Guitar/Electric Guitar
      10
    • Clarinet
      5
    • Alto Saxaphone
      2
    • Other Saxaphone (Please Specify)
      3
    • Viola
      1
    • Drumset
      6
    • Xylophone/Bells
      2
    • Oboe
      2
    • Tuba
      1
    • Violin
      5
    • Harp
      0
    • French Horn
      5
    • Other Wind Instruments (Please Specify)
      4
    • Other String Instruments (Please Specify)
      1
    • Other Percussion (Please Specify)
      4


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I'm pretty sure we had this thread about a year ago, but it's all good.

I play violin, viola, piano, voice (it's an instrument!), a little cello, and a little guitar. Nothing that you have to blow (yet).

I chose violin from your list, as I could only pick one.

Strictly speaking shouldn't guitar and electric guitar be the same? Surely anyone who can play classical guitar can bash out some chords on the electric?

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French horn is an "Other Wind Instrument?" Seriously?

Whoa, that's pretty freaky.

I read Henry's post, put Electric Guitar and Guitar together, and added French Horn. Then I completed the edit, and read your post.

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Trumpet and piano. Although I don't play either nearly as much as I should.

As another point for this discussion, what do you actually play in or for?

I play in my church's brass ensemble when I am not at college.

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One thing I hate about trombone is the music books they put out. There are so few! I mean, there isn't even an arrangment of the Jaws Theme for just trombone!

These are the solo books I have so far. Some are pretty easy, but it's worth slight boredom to hear myself play those marvelous tunes:

1. My Heart Will Go On...And Other Movie Hits

2. Pirates of the Caribbean (First two films)

3. Fauvorite Movie Themes

4. Movie and TV Themes

5. The Very Best of John Williams

6. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

7. Star Wars (Original Trilogy)

8. Star Wars (Prequels)

9. Easy Disney Favorites

10. Disney Movie Magic

11. James Bond (all films except Casino Royale)

12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Any other good solo trombone books with soundtracks?

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Speaking of trombones, I just LOVE the trombone solo from Sabrina's Party Sequence song "When Joanna Loved Me." One of my favorite songs . . . though not by Williams, certainly arranged and conducted by him.

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trombone in my youth and piano. Wish I could afford a real one (piano) but I'm enjoying the Pianoteq modelled virtual piano along with my Fatar StudioLogic Sl990XP. I've got my eye on a Kawai baby grand though.

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French horn and drums ( metal influenced, mostly prog stuff ala Portnoy ;) )

Wish I could play the piano, I'd love to be able to play some Chopin or Liszt concerto..those you need like 15 years to master.. :)

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Piano, drums and percussion; in addition to xylophone and bells, which are mentioned in the poll, I also play all other concert percussion, needed in both concert and symphony orchestras I'm a member of; in last years I'm mostly a timpanist (such a magnificent instrument :)), but I usually switch to drums if we have any jazz stuff to play with either orchestra or on jam sessions in a jazz club.

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Trumpet and piano. Although I don't play either nearly as much as I should.

As another point for this discussion, what do you actually play in or for?

I play in my church's brass ensemble when I am not at college.

I play in a public band. Sometimes the cues we play are a bit easy, but fun nonetheless. In the past, we've played cues such as:

Highlights from "The Incredibles"

Highlights from "The Music Man"

Medly of JW Music

The Phantom of the Opera

and more

Speaking of trombones, I just LOVE the trombone solo from Sabrina's Party Sequence song "When Joanna Loved Me." One of my favorite songs . . . though not by Williams, certainly arranged and conducted by him.

:)

Do you have an excact time for that?

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Clarinet, Trumpet and Piano for me.

Viola, the poor man's violin.

lol!

Every viola player I know thinks that way.

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Well everyone else does; we're just agreeing with them. Viola players are a self-deprecating lot.

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Well everyone else does; we're just agreeing with them. Viola players are a self-deprecating lot.

True.

Beats the hell out of the egotism of some violin players though....yeesh, you guys counter their superiority complexes. :)

In my High School and University wind nsemble/marching band, it was always a Trumpet vs. French Horn thing.

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It's the first song!!! Trombone solos by Dick Nash.

Ok, after a bit of researching, I discovered what happneed. When my computer copied the cues onto my iTunes library, it put track ten as "The Party Sequence," and track 11 as "When Joanna Loved Me/The Shadow of Your Smile/Call Me Irresponsible," when track 11 is really "Sabrina and Linus Date." So I was listening to "Sabrina and Linus Date," wondering where the hell the trombone solo was! :)

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Beats the hell out of the egotism of some violin players though....yeesh, you guys counter their superiority complexes. :)

Yes. The funny thing is that at least in my orchestra, the violas most of the time perform better than the violins. Go figure.

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Been trying to learn some guitar for a while, and just finally got an E-piano (I've been wanting one for ages, but since all I had earlier were crappy keyboards, I only had brief, mostly worthless keyboard lessons over 10 years ago). And I think singing in a choir should count as well.

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Piano and electric guitar.

Also Vocals, I can shout, I can scream, I can roar! (in tune)

And a bit of clarinet

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I play the piano and clarinet...and the recorder once when I was very young

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Unfortunately, I do not play any instrument. I started learning how to play the piano early last semester, but could not continue, because I have a torn ligament and some messed up nerves in my left hand. I could play, but my left hand could not keep up with my right. There was absolutely no comparing the dexterity in my two different hands. That really saddened me. I am going to have to look for a different type of instrument to play.

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Unfortunately, I do not play any instrument. I started learning how to play the piano early last semester, but could not continue, because I have a torn ligament and some messed up nerves in my left hand. I could play, but my left hand could not keep up with my right. There was absolutely no comparing the dexterity in my two different hands. That really saddened me. I am going to have to look for a different type of instrument to play.

Why not try a brass instrument?

The left hand is used to essentially stabalize and hold an instrument, while all the playing and dexterity is done with the right hand.

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Unfortunately, I do not play any instrument. I started learning how to play the piano early last semester, but could not continue, because I have a torn ligament and some messed up nerves in my left hand. I could play, but my left hand could not keep up with my right. There was absolutely no comparing the dexterity in my two different hands. That really saddened me. I am going to have to look for a different type of instrument to play.

Why not try a brass instrument?

The left hand is used to essentially stabalize and hold an instrument, while all the playing and dexterity is done with the right hand.

Except on horn, your left hand plays the keys on it.

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Violin and piano.

My soul mate! :(

As for the viola comments, yes there are some pathetic violists out there. Unfortunately it seems to be a fact of life that the self-depreciating ones out there would rather play viola so they can get away with being almost inaudible in the youth orchestra, and people won't expect as much of them. Luckily there are some genuinely brilliant violists out there too. Many of them have a good business head on their shoulders, too. There is a far greater demand for good (loud!) violists than for violinists in many orchestras/quartets etc. Amongst the thousands of pathetic violists out there, there are always one or two genuinely dynamic players who will have it made when it comes time to find a job! Good violists, your orchestra needs you! :blink:

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Unfortunately, I do not play any instrument. I started learning how to play the piano early last semester, but could not continue, because I have a torn ligament and some messed up nerves in my left hand. I could play, but my left hand could not keep up with my right. There was absolutely no comparing the dexterity in my two different hands. That really saddened me. I am going to have to look for a different type of instrument to play.

You should learn conducting. That way you get to "play" the entire orchestra. Plus you get paid about 20 times what the other players get. Go for it, maestro!

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You should learn conducting. That way you get to "play" the entire orchestra. Plus you get paid about 20 times what the other players get. Go for it, maestro!

Ironically, I thought about that. Going to definitely look into it more.

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French horn is an "Other Wind Instrument?" Seriously?

Whoa, that's pretty freaky.

I read Henry's post, put Electric Guitar and Guitar together, and added French Horn. Then I completed the edit, and read your post.

Ah, well then add another vote for horn! I played trumpet throughout middle and high school, but switched to horn in college and am much better at that. Now I'm playing in a community band, which is fun because there's not much pressure and everything's fairly laidback. We just got music for our spring concert, and to my absolute delight we're playing an arrangement called "Soaring with John Williams," which features Superman, "Cadillac of the Skies" and Star Wars. It has some awesome, soaring horn parts.

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Unfortunately, I do not play any instrument. I started learning how to play the piano early last semester, but could not continue, because I have a torn ligament and some messed up nerves in my left hand. I could play, but my left hand could not keep up with my right. There was absolutely no comparing the dexterity in my two different hands. That really saddened me. I am going to have to look for a different type of instrument to play.

Why not try a brass instrument?

The left hand is used to essentially stabalize and hold an instrument, while all the playing and dexterity is done with the right hand.

Yeah, especially for the trombone. You hold it with your left hand, move the slide with your right.

French horn is an "Other Wind Instrument?" Seriously?

Whoa, that's pretty freaky.

I read Henry's post, put Electric Guitar and Guitar together, and added French Horn. Then I completed the edit, and read your post.

Ah, well then add another vote for horn!

:blink: Wait....can I do that?

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Unfortunately, I do not play any instrument. I started learning how to play the piano early last semester, but could not continue, because I have a torn ligament and some messed up nerves in my left hand. I could play, but my left hand could not keep up with my right. There was absolutely no comparing the dexterity in my two different hands. That really saddened me. I am going to have to look for a different type of instrument to play.

Why not try a brass instrument?

The left hand is used to essentially stabalize and hold an instrument, while all the playing and dexterity is done with the right hand.

Yeah, especially for the trombone. You hold it with your left hand, move the slide with your right.

Although on some trombones, the thumb of player's right hand is also used to manipulate the special valve that's located there (it can be seen on this photo right next to the mouthpiece - though it's of course not really there, it's just the perspective from which the photo was taken). :blink:

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Unfortunately, I do not play any instrument. I started learning how to play the piano early last semester, but could not continue, because I have a torn ligament and some messed up nerves in my left hand. I could play, but my left hand could not keep up with my right. There was absolutely no comparing the dexterity in my two different hands. That really saddened me. I am going to have to look for a different type of instrument to play.

You might take inspiration from Jonathan Lipton, one of the London Symphony Orchestra's horn players and one of their longest serving members. As a youngster growing up in New York, he played trumpet but was also a useful (American) football player. A football injury damaged his right hand / wrist seriously enough to prevent him playing the trumpet to the level he wanted, so his band teacher suggested he take up the horn, as the keys are operated with the left hand.

The trumpet or trombone might be an option for you, as others have suggested.

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What's the purpose of the trigger valve? Does it allow for lower notes?

Exactly. Wikipedia has a nice explanation here.

indy4, tenor trombones also have this valve, so I guess they're almost as common as those without it. :blink: Maybe it depends on the level of proficiency on the instrument; when I think of it, two older and more experienced trombonists in our orchestra both have the trombone with this valve and one younger, who's still more of a beginner, doesn't.

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Unfortunately, I do not play any instrument. I started learning how to play the piano early last semester, but could not continue, because I have a torn ligament and some messed up nerves in my left hand. I could play, but my left hand could not keep up with my right. There was absolutely no comparing the dexterity in my two different hands. That really saddened me. I am going to have to look for a different type of instrument to play.

Why not try a brass instrument?

The left hand is used to essentially stabalize and hold an instrument, while all the playing and dexterity is done with the right hand.

Yeah, especially for the trombone. You hold it with your left hand, move the slide with your right.

French horn is an "Other Wind Instrument?" Seriously?

Whoa, that's pretty freaky.

I read Henry's post, put Electric Guitar and Guitar together, and added French Horn. Then I completed the edit, and read your post.

Ah, well then add another vote for horn!

:) Wait....can I do that?

I don't think so; I meant figuratively.

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What's the purpose of the trigger valve? Does it allow for lower notes?

Exactly. Wikipedia has a nice explanation here.

indy4, tenor trombones also have this valve, so I guess they're almost as common as those without it. ;) Maybe it depends on the level of proficiency on the instrument; when I think of it, two older and more experienced trombonists in our orchestra both have the trombone with this valve and one younger, who's still more of a beginner, doesn't.

Oh, that would make sense.

:) Wait....can I do that?

I don't think so; I meant figuratively.

Right, I knew that.

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