Musical instruments

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Which musical instrument do you play?

None, I am a musical layman
19
11%
Singing
23
13%
Woodwind (flute, saxophone, bagpipes, recorder, etc)
11
6%
Brasswind (trumpet, horn, etc)
9
5%
Bowed Strings (violin, cello, contrabass, etc)
9
5%
Plucked Strings (Guitar, banjo, etc)
37
21%
Keyboard instruments (Piano, organ, etc)
37
21%
Reed instruments (Accordeon, harmonica, etc)
3
2%
Percussion
17
10%
Something weird (tell us!)
8
5%
 
Total votes : 173

Re: Musical instruments

Postby Scytale » Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:10 am

Now that's what it means to be able to play a musical instrument. Bravo!
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Re: Musical instruments

Postby Linialomdil » Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:46 pm

Wow, this poll and the discussion makes me wish I frequented this forum more often than I do :lol:.

Anyway, in order of proficiency:
clarinet > piano > tenor saxophone >>> bugle/trumpet/mellophone

I plan to major in clarinet performance in college (along with CS), so I'd like to think that I'm pretty good at it. I'll try to post some recordings at some point in the appropriate E&A thread. In the meantime though, here's a link to some of my piano playing from earlier this year (keep in mind that these recordings are before I considered them performance-ready — also, sorry for the bad mike).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfPekDuwLew&list=PLQHHLVmKTPxW5wfcyE2j4zQGR1ooaM2YF


Alphastorm wrote:I am a cellist. I just had a competition last week, and by chance I had my Dad record it. You can see it here if you're interested: http://youtu.be/k7qM4BjLG90


Just saw this, and am listening to it now. Other than the occasional tuning issue (which I understand must be ridiculous to deal with on technical pieces on a stringed instrument), it sounds fantastic :thumbup: . How'd you do in the competition, because it sounds like an honorable mention at the very, very least :D

Also, what piece is it that you're playing? It sounds like it's either classical or early romantic, but I can't pin down the composer.
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Re: Musical instruments

Postby Alphastorm » Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:22 pm

I didn't win this competition unfortunately :( . The winner gets to play their concerto accompanied the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and this year the winner was a Tuba. Anyways, the piece is the 3rd movement of the Haydn Cello Concerto in D major. It is definitely a classical piece.

To all the other musicians of this community, we can do more than just form a virtual band. We can write our own music incorporating all the instruments, woodwinds, brass, strings, piano, percussion, and whatever else people in these forums play! Together we can create the ultimate Unofficial Limit Theory Soundtrack! Now that would be badass! 8-)
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Re: Musical instruments

Postby Linialomdil » Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:54 pm

Alphastorm wrote:I didn't win this competition unfortunately :( . The winner gets to play their concerto accompanied the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and this year the winner was a Tuba. Anyways, the piece is the 3rd movement of the Haydn Cello Concerto in D major. It is definitely a classical piece.

Sorry to hear that, but know that you really did play really well. Yeah though, Haydn is definitely classical XD

Alphastorm wrote:To all the other musicians of this community, we can do more than just form a virtual band. We can write our own music incorporating all the instruments, woodwinds, brass, strings, piano, percussion, and whatever else people in these forums play! Together we can create the ultimate Unofficial Limit Theory Soundtrack! Now that would be badass! 8-)

This sounds like fun
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Re: Musical instruments

Postby felldiddy » Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:45 pm

Alphastorm wrote:I didn't win this competition unfortunately :( . The winner gets to play their concerto accompanied the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and this year the winner was a Tuba. Anyways, the piece is the 3rd movement of the Haydn Cello Concerto in D major. It is definitely a classical piece.


Ah! I worked with a Cellist on the first movement of this concerto last year, it's a lot of fun. Man, what is it with Tubas! We had a Tuba player at my school that won a concerto competition I played in. No offense to Tubas, but to be honest I didn't realize they had that much in the way of concerto material. I must be missing out.

Anyways, great job! I hope you keep up your great work.
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Re: Musical instruments

Postby Scytale » Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:29 am

I was gonna say! If that'd been romantic, it would have had to have been really early. But the performance was so virtuosic it sounded like it could... Just... Be... :P

Then again, it's the sort of virtuosity one sees in baroque and classical music, not that showmanship of those filthy romantics I kid I kid
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Re: Musical instruments

Postby TheJuggler » Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:20 am

Alphastorm wrote:To all the other musicians of this community, we can do more than just form a virtual band. We can write our own music incorporating all the instruments, woodwinds, brass, strings, piano, percussion, and whatever else people in these forums play! Together we can create the ultimate Unofficial Limit Theory Soundtrack! Now that would be badass! 8-)


I'm imagining something like the Doctor Who Fan Orchestra :D
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Re: Musical instruments

Postby Charley_Deallus » Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:10 pm

Played the trumpet in grade school but I have sang on and off for a long time. I got my dad's voice. He has been in choirs or other charity things since he was in grade school. I, however, prefer to never sing seriously and always butcher songs for some reason. My crazy sense of humor probably. Makes people laugh though. :D
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Re: Musical instruments

Postby JoshParnell » Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:53 pm

Woah, whole lot of talent here, well done LT friends :D

Alphastorm wrote:I am a cellist. I just had a competition last week, and by chance I had my Dad record it. You can see it here if you're interested: http://youtu.be/k7qM4BjLG90


Wow, stunning, thanks for sharing :clap: :clap: By far my favorite instrument, just can't get enough of those sweet tones. I am determined to get one and see where it goes post-LT-release. Your performance has re-excited me. You really seem to enjoy it!

As for me, drums and piano, in that order. Been told too many times that I look like a monkey when I play the former. Hey, monkeys enjoy themselves, right :monkey: :oops:
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Re: Musical instruments

Postby MWJ » Fri Dec 12, 2014 12:43 am

Started playing piano and singing in grade school, with extensive vocal training ever since. (Arrived at a point where I got lead/title-roles in productions of "Hair" and "Joseph")

A few years ago I started composing mainly out of improvisation, right now I'm pushing towards premiering my first big contract work in February. :)
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Re: Musical instruments

Postby Vartul » Fri Dec 12, 2014 3:04 am

I play the flute. Which makes me hate winters. Have a bad cold and can't play. :(
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Re: Musical instruments

Postby DigitalDuck » Fri Dec 12, 2014 5:47 am

Vartul wrote:I play the flute. Which makes me hate winters. Have a bad cold and can't play. :(


Winter's bad for pianists too. Your fingers freeze up so you can't move them well.
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Re: Musical instruments

Postby HappyGhecko » Fri Dec 12, 2014 5:55 am

well i played flute in elementary, then i learned a bit of swordfighting and completly lost any interest in playing musical instruments :?
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Re: Musical instruments

Postby Cornflakes_91 » Fri Dec 12, 2014 12:22 pm

HappyGhecko wrote:well i played flute in elementary, then i learned a bit of swordfighting and completly lost any interest in playing musical instruments :?



My cousin had a bit of a problem once with swordfighting.

She didnt find any club or similar to do it, so she just gathered a few friends and gone into a park in vienna.

15 minutes later they were surrounded by swat-equivalents and discussed swordfighting with them as it became clear that she and her friends dont run amok XD
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Re: Musical instruments

Postby Flatfingers » Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:01 pm

Speaking of musical instruments and weapons....

When I was living near Washington, D.C., I had a couple of friends who were bagpipers.

One of them told the story of being part of a group of pipers who were going to the Mall to play for the President. As they were setting up, they were approached by a Secret Service agent who told them, with not a trace of humor, "When you're playing, do not aim your pipes at the President; you will be tackled and taken for questioning."

Bagpipes: the world's most dangerous musical instrument.
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