Catholic2006 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 357 posts, RR: 2 Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2067 times:
Out of curiosity, how many musicians do we have here at the forums??
Why do I ask? Becuz I am one myself, and I hope one day to be a professional. I want to play in a few professional symphony orchestras. My ultimate music goal is to be in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: world's best in my opinion.
Musicians are all around. Whether you're a professional or not, you are still a musician if you play an instrument or sing.
here's what you do, just follow the following format and edit it according to your musical background.
Instrument(s): Oboe, piano, voice
Years of study or play: Oboe (15 months), Piano (9 years but i suck), voice (goes way back)
Private lessons: Oboe (yes), piano (yes), voice (no)
Ensembles: 10th Grade Band, 10th Grade Choir, High School Symphony Orchestra, Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra, Thompson Woods Chamber Winds
Favorite Instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, (basically all orchestra woodwinds), and French horn, baritone saxophone
Least favorite instruments: trumpet (not too fond of the brasswind family), and saxophone (soprano, alto, and tenor)
Favorite Composer: Mozart
Favorite works: Overture to Don Giovanni (Mozart), Symphony No. 5 (Beethoven), Symphony No. 2 (Brahms), Concerto for Violin and Oboe (Bach)
Other info: Love the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods and just have an undying love and passion for orchestral (symphony orchestra, philharmonic orchestra, symphonic band, concert band, wind ensemble) and chamber music. Hope to be a pro one day, Wish me luck!!
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VSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1900 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2028 times:
Instrument(s): cello, bass, piano
Years of study or play: cello (20 years), bass (14 years), piano (10 years)
Private lessons: cello (yes), bass (yes), piano (yes)
Favorite Instruments: cello
Least favorite instruments: trumpet and trombone
Favorite Composer: Mozart
Favorite works: Don Giovanni (Mozart), Symphony No. 7 (Beethoven), Symphony No. 1 (Brahms), Triple Concerto (Beethoven), Piano Concerto No. 1 (Brahms)
Other info: I have a passion for orchestral/symphonic works, and only recently began expanding into opera as well. Considered attending a conservatory instead of college, but better judgement took hold. Started playing when I was 4.
B747Skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2008 times:
Amateur musician here.
Mother wanted me to be to be a concert pianist.
Suffered 12 years of musical education, age 6 through 18...
I became an airline pilot instead. Easier.
OK. I play piano and guitar. Quite good, both.
Piano: classical mostly. Guitar: Spanish, South American folk music.
Favorite piano composer - Franz Liszt. Super star in his days.
Went to bed with more princesses and royals admiring him. Eat your heart out, Mick Jagger!
Frederic Chopin (Fred) even said of him "Franz Liszt plays my music better than me!".
Favorite guitar music - Guarani music (Paraguay - Argentina) + Spanish...
Because of wife (tango pro dancer/teacher) I play a lot of tango music.
Love Carlos Gardel music and lyrics... Music of Buenos Aires.
Own 2 pianos at home, old full concert grand Bösendorfer.
And modern Yamaha baby grand. Both in same room...
Own 4 guitars, 2 made in Spain, 2 made in Argentina...
I have a Guarani Indian Harp at home from Paraguay, but cannot play it.
Electric guitars...? - what's THAT...?
Electric coffee makers, OK. - Electric guitars...? - Stuff your 220 volts.
I work with airplanes, but at home, it is all music.
SSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1991 times:
Least favorite instruments: trumpet (not too fond of the brasswind family)
-Trumpet, 10 years, jazz/classical player with secure altissimo register AND uses large equipment
-Voice, some time now, sing low bass in one choir and bass/baritone in another
-Trumpet, yes but not as of current
-Trumpet, whoever hires me, Lewis University Jazz Ensemble
-Voice, parish cantor, parish choir, Lewis University choir (one of the best in Illinois)
Favorite Instrument (other than trumpet):
-Don't really hate any instrument
Favorite Jazz Ensembles:
-Louis Bellson orchestra
-Duke Ellington orchestra (Love the Cat Anderson book)
-Count Basie orchestra
-Big Bop Noveau
-Stan Kenton orchestra
-Tower of Power horn section
-Jack Daugherty orchestra
-James Last orchestra
-whole slew of others deserving of this list
-CSO under Fitz Ryner
-many other deserve this list but aren't clicking in my head
Favorite Composers (Jazz):
-ton of other greats
Favorite Composers (Classical):
-Sergei Rachmaninov (<--sp?)
-Mike McFerron (yup, biased here [and no I'm not him])
-ton of other greats
-Can sing low Bb below the staff fairly loud
-Uses a Bach Strad LR180 w/ 72 bell & 25 leadpipe & ML bore
-Uses Bach 7C rim & cup with Warburton star-series backbores
-Can play high G (four ledgerlines above staff) and above
-Fairly dexterous improviser
-don't know what else
Captaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1982 times:
I also suffered through about 10 years of piano lessons. I always did well for the practical exams, but I hated it so much, that once my piano lessons ended, I pretty much never touched another piano again. Maybe one day I'll show some interest and build on what I have learned, but it will not be easy. Playing the piano is not like riding a bicycle.
I also played the bass for one year in "strings" class in high school. My favourite song to play on the bass was Stand By Me.
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
IL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 45
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1979 times:
I play guitar and drums...
4 years ago I played bass for a short while in a friends punkrock band. Back then they were signed by Columbia (Sony) records. Unfortunately music business is tough and they were dumped a year later. I filled in when their bassplayer left from one day to the other. http://www.beyond93.com
Right now make music with a friend, and we both play either guitars, bass or drums. As our main instruments are guitar (me) and bass (my friend) we actually need a decent drummer still... So if any Dutch drummer reads this, reply!
CannibalZ3 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1961 times:
hey Il76, if you pay my way out there you'll have an indentured drummer for life.
-I'm a drummer, 4 years and running. Because I live in a college dorm I have to use this crappy little pad, which I guess is ok cause I can build on my rudiments but I miss my full set.
-I am left handed, so my drumset is set up BACKWARDS
-I usually play all accross the rock spectrum, from The Beatles to Cannibal Corpse to Cream to Tool, but I also like to play latin and blues and punk and reggae, and very very occasionally, country.
-Because I travel as often as possible, I'm not as good as I should be by this point. But I'm workin' on it.
-My current setup is a 5-piece Tama Rockstar and some Sabian B8 HHs, crash and ride. In retrospect I would have chosen better gear, but hey we're all young and stupid at some point. Besides it's not so bad as people tend to think.
-I would kill a man for a full set of Paiste Signature cymbals. And one of those Zildjian K dark crashes, oh god.
-Additionally, I would sell my soul for a second bass drum and one of those huge semi-xylaphones that Neil Peart has on his kit.
-My favorite composers for the instrument include Neil Peart (Rush), Danney Carey (Tool), Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band), Ginger Baker (Cream), and many, many others. Pretty standard stuff really, any drummer knows those names.
-I think Dave Grohl (Nirvana) and that dude from Primus are underrated.
-Let's face it people
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 41
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1961 times:
Instrument(s): Piano, Voice, Flute, Baroque Recorder/Flute, Trombone, English Handbells
Years of study or play: Piano (24 yrs. self-taught), Voice (29 yrs. mostly self-taught), Flute (11 yrs.), Baroque Recorder (15 yrs.), Trombone (2 yrs.)
Private lessons: Piano (2 semesters group study w/individual tutoring), Voice (1 semester study w/ 1 classmate), Flute (8 yrs.), Baroque Recorder (1 semester quartet study), Trombone (1 semester group study w/individual tutoring)
Oxford Elementary School Band (4th-5th grades) (Flute)
Monticello Middle School 6th Grade Band (Flute)
Anne M. Dorner Middle School Concert Band (7th-8th grades) (Flute) Asst. Principal, 8.
Ossining High School Concert Band (8th-12th grades) (Flute) Principal 11, Flute soloist substitute for Oboe 12. Trombonist, 1993 graduation.
Aaron Copland Music and Arts Program Symphonic Band (2 summers)
University of Delaware Symphonic Band (4 semesters) (Flute) Second Asst. Principal, 3rd & 4th Semesters
University Heights (OH) Concert Band (1 summer) (Flute)
Ossining H.S. School Marching Band (8th-12th grades) (Flute) Asst. Squad Leader, 10. Squad Leader 11-12.
University of Delaware Pride Marching Band (2 seasons) (Flute)
University of New Mexico Spirit Marching Band (1 season) (Flute)
University of Delaware Pep Band (1 season) (Flute)
Other Instrumental Ensembles:
Epworth-Euclid U.M.C. Inspiringers (English Handbells, various positions in 3-5 octave choirs)
First Presbyterian Church of Ossining (NY) Handbell Choir (Principal ringer)
First Presbyterian Church of Newark (DE) Handbell Choir (Alto ringer)
Univ. of Delaware Collegium Musicum Baroque Ensemble (1 semester) (Alto/Soprano Recorder, co-soloist)
Oxford Elementary School Choir (1st-5th grade) (Alto soloist, 5)
Ossining H.S. A'Capella Choir (12th grade) (Alto/Tenor)
First Presbyterian Church of Ossining Church Choir (10th-12th grades)
Professional: Rated 90/100, NYSSMA Level 4, 1989; Rated 90/100 (Gold Award) NYSSMA Level 5, 1991. In college, learned almost all band and orchestra instruments to a Grade 4 level. B.A. in Music, but no active career
Favorite Instruments: Voice, Piano, Viola and Cello, Bass Clarinet, French Horn
Least favorite instruments: Clarinet (too piercing, too easy to sQUEEEEK!), Oboe (too difficult for me to play the actual instrument, too easy to sQUEEEEK!)
Favorite Composer: Holst (his works for Military Band are great!)
Other info: I majored in music after a couple of teachers in high school told me I was wasting my mind on the arts. I figured if I was that smart, then I could be good at anything I wanted to do. After two years of intensive study towards a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at University of Delaware, I found myself bored and disgusted with the easy A's (no offense, it was easy for me at least) and the lack of response by faculty and administration to glaring omissions and abuses within the department. I also found myself drawn to study the sciences with whatever credits I had left, and the stringent requirements of the B.M.M.E. program would not allow for such study. I spent a semester away at The University of New Mexico and came back to change my major and take a double minor in Biological Sciences and Religious Studies. By the middle of my senior year I knew I wanted to get into a health career, but personal issues required me to decline admission to a major medical school's Master of Public Health program.
I still play the piano regularly and I gave an informal 50-minute recital in the summer of 2002. Since I am back in college for Nursing, I haven't pursued any further study or performance opportunities in music.
NormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1952 times:
Actually, I fancy myself a bit of a bluegrass guitarist. I'll be the first to admit that I have a lot to learn, but I've got a few chops... I've even been known to sing here and there.
Instrument(s): Guitar, and hopefully someday mandolin Years of study or play: 5 years Private lessons: No, I am completely self taught Ensembles: Impromptu guitar group entitled "The Chaperones." Professional: Freak no! Favorite Instruments: Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle (NOT the violin), upright acoustic bass. Gotta love the electric guitar in the right hands. Favorite Composer: Jimmy Page Favorite works: Led Zeppelin I, II, III, IV, Houses of the Holy, Physical Graffiti, Presence, Coda, In Through the Out Door; Nickel Creek, Self-titled, This Side; Train, Self-titled, Drops of Jupiter, My Private Nation.
N766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8593 posts, RR: 23
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1952 times:
Instrument(s): Piano, Trumpet, Saxophone, Guitar
Years of study or play: Piano (7 years), Trumpet (2 years), Sax (4 years), Guitar: (just started recently.)
Private lessons: Piano (yes), Trumpet (yes), Sax (yes), Guitar (teaching myself.)
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22392 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1931 times:
Instrument(s): voice, used to play piano, oboe and cello
Years of study or play: Voice (nine years about), oboe (a year before I had to give it up because of time), cello (four years before I gave it up because I hated it - the only reason I played was because my school made me), piano (about six years, now long gone)
Private lessons: Oboe (yes), piano (yes), cello (yes), voice (no)
Ensembles: Metropolitain Opera Children's Chorus, Rudolf Steiner School Orchestra, Stuyvesant High School Beginner Band, Stuyvesant High School Concert Chorus, Stuyvesant High School Chamber Choir
Professional: You could count the Met as professional, but other than that no
Favorite Instruments: oboe, voice, piano
Least favorite instruments: double bass, tuba (anything really low)
Favorite Composer: Puccini
Favorite works: Tosca, Turandot, Mefistofele
Other info: As you may be able to tell, I like opera. A lot. My second career aspiration (after being a pilot) is to be an opera singer.
7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
Go4EVA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1932 times:
Instrument(s): B A S S ! ! !
Years of study or play: A few
Private lessons: Yes... Still ongoing.
Professional: Ummmm.... No
Favorite Instruments: B A S S ! ! !
Favorite Composer: Le Rush
Favorite works: Ye Olde Flyeth by Nighteth
Vikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 11233 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1926 times:
Instrument(s): Drums/Perc, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Trumpet, Piano, Vocal (somewhat)
Years of study or play: Drums-7, Guitar-5, Bass-2, Trumpet-played for 9, Piano-played for 7
Private lessons: Drums-yes, Guitar-no, Bass-no, Trumpet-yes, Piano-yes
Ensembles: various throughout high school/college, currently play bass in a rock band
Favorite Instruments: love playing bass more than any other instrument i've played, love the sound of an oboe, bluesy clarinet, timpani
Least favorite instruments: ummm....harpsichord maybe
Favorite Composer: hmmm....Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Holst
Favorite works: Emperor Concerto (Beethoven), Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (Vaughan Williams), Mars (Holst), Piano Concerto in G Mvmt. I (Ravel, I forget which concerto), Bolero (Ravel), New World Symphony (Dvorjak), bunch of other stuff
Other info: More passionate about various forms of rock music, such as Rush, Metallica, Guns n Roses, Aerosmith, Dream Theater, Pantera, AC/DC, etc etc etc....hope that my band can make it in the LA music scene - we're doing pretty well currently
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