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belva
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posted 30 September 2005 12:24 PM      Profile for belva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Curious---how many here play an instrument for your pleasure or your own amazement?

Like Sherlock Holmes, I play the violin for myself, especially when I'm trying to work through a problem.

Any one else? Can we make up an orchestra? String section? Brass section? Woodwinds? Who's out there?


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posted 30 September 2005 01:22 PM      Profile for Albireo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was a bad trombonist in high school, and then a bad bassoonist. So if you're looking to put together a bad band, keep me in mind.
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posted 30 September 2005 02:07 PM      Profile for belva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ok, you're in! We have a violin & a bassoon. Can we at least make up a quartet? Anyone else? Don't be shy . . . it's for fun, not profession!
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posted 30 September 2005 02:11 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I can play "Blue Moon" on the piano. Badly. I might be able to summon up the theme from Exodus, which I did with great flair when I was about sixteen, which would be, oh, a lot of years ago.

You know what I would really like us to work up together, though? I've had this earworm for the last week or so, can't get rid of it, don't know why ... But it is Teresa Brewer, singing "Put another nickel in, In the nickelodeon, ..." etc. I could bang away at something like that, especially if we have a player piano with roll already loaded.


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posted 30 September 2005 02:12 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I used to be a half-decent trombone player. I'd be pretty rusty now, though, since it's been about 14 years.

(Oh my god, it's been 14 years. In a couple of months I'll have been a grown-up for 15 years. Dude.)


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belva
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posted 30 September 2005 02:16 PM      Profile for belva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A piano!

A trombone!

Progress!


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posted 30 September 2005 02:18 PM      Profile for paxamillion   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I played clarinet and bass clarinet, plus alto, entor and baritone sax. But that was a *very* long time ago. I can handle a guitar a bit as well.

Now, mrs. pax has her Conservatory papers in piano, and teaches it.


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posted 30 September 2005 02:20 PM      Profile for Erstwhile     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Flute and saxophone, here. I can muddle through on a clarinet too, if I have to.

'Course I only played the flute until those mean ol' trombonists in school band said that meant I must be gay. So I switched to the saxophone in grade 8 to prove I was straighter'n...something or other.

Stupid trombonists. There'd better not be any trombonists in the Big Bad Babble Band!


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belva
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posted 30 September 2005 02:24 PM      Profile for belva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Erstwhile:
Flute and saxophone, here. I can muddle through on a clarinet too, if I have to.

Stupid trombonists. There'd better not be any trombonists in the Big Bad Babble Band!



We have Michelle on trombone but I'm sure she will not pester you in any way! Welcome!


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posted 30 September 2005 04:43 PM      Profile for Raos     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I dare say I can handle myself quite well with the flute and the piccolo. Speaking of which, I actually have an orchestra rehearsal in 2 hours. I really should get some work done before I have to leave for it...
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posted 30 September 2005 05:07 PM      Profile for Erstwhile     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Raos:
I dare say I can handle myself quite well with the flute and the piccolo. ...

Oh, I'm sure you can. "Handle", eh? Wink wink, nudge nudge, "this one time at band camp", eh?


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posted 30 September 2005 05:16 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is so elitist! If I want to play I have to have some kind of "orchestra" instrument? Is that it? Some eurocentric brass monstrosity that costs $3000 and needs a case with wheels on it?

I'm going to go play a few choruses of "babble orchestra sucks" on my kazoo.

"BzzBzzBZZBZZBZZBzzbzzbzzbzzBZZ!"

Take that, snobs.


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posted 30 September 2005 05:18 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Booo.
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posted 30 September 2005 05:19 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ladies and gentlemen, a big hand for ronb on the Ghostaphonium.
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posted 30 September 2005 05:22 PM      Profile for maestro     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, I didn't take the name Maestro for nuthin'.

I can sing, play guitar, teach guitar players how to get along with other musicians (this is a very difficult task, play percussion, arrange, compose, orchestrate, make up fake sheets, write lyrics, jam with any number of other musicians of varying abilities, etc...

Now, I should admit that I do most of these things for little or no money, so I guess my abilities are still in the 'developmental' stage.

However, I would be happy to be in the Babble orchestra in any capacity, trombones or no.


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belva
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posted 30 September 2005 05:56 PM      Profile for belva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My dear Magoo, this group is for sheer enjoyment & assuredly is NOT snobbish--you are most welcome with your kazoo or penny whistle or whatever! We would be pleased to have you take the first kazoo chair!

Maestro, my friend, you are welcome with all your multiple talents. Remember we play for our own amazement, not for unrighteous mammon!

*deep bow from first violin chair*

[ 30 September 2005: Message edited by: belva ]


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posted 30 September 2005 06:02 PM      Profile for Yukoner   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by maestro:
Well, I didn't take the name Maestro for nuthin'.

I can sing, play guitar, teach guitar players how to get along with other musicians (this is a very difficult task, play percussion, arrange, compose, orchestrate, make up fake sheets, write lyrics, jam with any number of other musicians of varying abilities, etc...


Are you a robot?


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posted 30 September 2005 06:05 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
My dear Magoo, this group is for sheer enjoyment & assuredly is NOT snobbish

Don't mind me. I'm just embittered because I can't even play the air guitar well.

I'll just drain spitvalves and hand out programmes.


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posted 30 September 2005 06:08 PM      Profile for anne cameron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I play at the violin and I can pick "Never on Sunday" out on a guitar. I'm at least as good on the kazoo as Magoo...

do we have the start of a song here

Me and Magoo were playin' the kazoo
Three years after two thousand and two


Well, no, actually, Magoo plays a better kazoo than I do, I was just bragging about being at least as good as he is... well,not really bragging, more like fibbing...or downright lying if you want to get stern about things...


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posted 30 September 2005 06:12 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Mandolin here. Same fingering as the violin but easier as there is no bow.
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posted 30 September 2005 07:03 PM      Profile for ShyViolet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
clarinet!!!! the BEST instrument!!!!!
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Piano, trumpet (very badly), french horn, percussion; definitely out of practice though, without any access to instruments at the moment.
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posted 01 October 2005 06:52 AM      Profile for maestro     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Yukoner:

Are you a robot?



I don't do all those things at once...


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posted 01 October 2005 09:06 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Erstwhile:
Stupid trombonists. There'd better not be any trombonists in the Big Bad Babble Band!

Well, if it makes you feel any better, I remember getting a few snarky comments because I chose the trombone instead of doing the girly thing and choosing the flute or clarinet like almost every other girl in the class.

I remember one conversation that went:

Dork: "The trombone? That's a boy instrument!"
Me: (turning trombone over a couple of times and looking at it) "How can you tell?"


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skdadl
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posted 01 October 2005 09:15 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey, Michelle: what about your accordion?

Heh heh heh -- I think it's time for me to put out a call for someone to play the bagpipes, special for Michelle.


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posted 01 October 2005 09:17 AM      Profile for Suzette     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I relate to your story, Michelle, but from another angle; I played flute at school but was a bit embarrassed by how "girly" it was. I looked at the trombones and saxs with envy. I picked up bass guitar later, though, and so saved a small scrap of credibility.

Last year a music teacher friend was kind enough to lend me a flugelhorn (sp?) and sax and give me lessons. It made me very happy, in stark contrast to the response of the neighbours.

I'll stop now. I've had too much to drink tonight. Or maybe just enough.


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posted 01 October 2005 09:24 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by skdadl:
Hey, Michelle: what about your accordion?

You know, I never learned to play the accordion. I don't have one - not sure what happened to Opa's - maybe my uncle has it. I should see if I can borrow it and try to learn to get around it a bit. Opa knew tons of polkas.

That reminds me - last weekend we took a drive in the country to go to fruit and veggie stands in Prince Edward County. We stopped at this one place that used to be good, but which has now become a commercial tourist trap venture that is all shopfront and not much produce.

Anyhow, they had hired an accordion player to play at the picnic tables where people could buy some food from a buffet table. And such a wave of nostalgia hit me! He played more Italian or French sounding music, whereas my Opa played German and Austrian polkas, but still. It was really something.

Anyhow, if I ever do get around to trying to procure an accordion, I'm going to practice at skdadl's house.

Hee, Suzette, I didn't have a problem with girls picking the girly instruments. Some of them were quite good at it, although there were some of them who simply chose them because that was the thing to choose if you were a girl.

What bugged me is the kind of weird looks you'd get if you crossed the gender boundaries. The trombone actually wasn't all THAT bad. The drums or tuba or euphonium would have been worse. But I wasn't the first girl to cross the boundary. There just weren't many of us, that's all.

And it honestly didn't even occur to me that there WAS a boundary until the class started. The summer before grade seven (which was when we started instrumental music) I had seen the local high school jazz band playing at the mall, and I think two of the trombone players were girls. (I only remember that in retrospect because I learned later who was in the jazz band that year from past pictures.) I remember looking at the instruments themselves and thinking they were just the coolest looking (and sounding) things.

I had tried flute lessons before grade seven, and didn't like the flute at all. I couldn't get a decent sound out if it (although I was able to later, but never learned the fingerings) and I just didn't like it.

One interesting thing - it was a lot more acceptable for girls to cross the gender boundary in instrumental music than it was for boys. So you'd occasionally see girls choose lower brass and drums without too much hassle, but the social sanction was just too great for boys to choose flute and clarinet in grade 7, so almost no boys did.

[ 01 October 2005: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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posted 01 October 2005 09:29 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Waaaah!

Actually, we could have a play-off. Michelle would squeeze out a number on the accordion; then my piper would squeeze out my favourite ("Black Bear") on the pipes, and then the neighbours could vote. Vote me right off the street, most likely.

Suzette, is the flugelhorn the one that rests on the ground? Or is that the alpenhorn ...


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Ooh, I went to see accordion goddess Sharon Shannon play last year, and it was just fabulous! She played traditional Irish music and really had the audience going -- get an accordion, Michelle!
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quote:
Originally posted by skdadl:

Suzette, is the flugelhorn the one that rests on the ground? Or is that the alpenhorn ...

A flugelhorn could be easily mistaken for a trumpet, which is what I originally thought this one was. It's just slightly bigger.


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I can polka.

You can see why the polka was invented, can't you. I mean, when someone's playing an accordion, you're probably going to be up and flinging yourself about the room in frustration anyway.


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posted 01 October 2005 09:39 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
If I do anything, it will be to get a full-sized keyboard piano and start up with that again. I listen to classical piano music and my fingers itch, wishing I could play it. I should have worked harder at it when I was a teenager, but at the time, the piano was a means to an end, of getting the minimum requirement for taking music in university (which I ended up not doing). (Trombone and voice were love affairs, though.) I was working on gr. 8 conservatory when I quit. (You need gr. 6 to get into university.) Now, I don't even know if I'd be at a grade 3 or 4 level. Can't afford lessons, though.

Skdadl, the solution is obvious. Just have an accordion, and no pipes, and your neighbours should be fine.


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Holy orchestra, batwoman! What diversity, what skills!!! We're going to have to start thinking about rehersal space & time. Is that an offer for your house, skdadl?

Our premiere should be that babble gathering where everyone wears clothing representing nation(s) of family origins.

Let's see: German, Swiss, Scots, English . . .hmmm . . .I'll think of something I think I've got an English top & a German bottom!


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BANJOOOOOOO!
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I don't know whether I'll join this orchestra...too much sax and violins.
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I played violin ardently but very badly in junior high. In fact, the teacher rescored the music and created third violins just for me and the other hopeless cases -- I was prinicpal third violin! I loved it though and brought the violin home to practice even when I didn't have to. I joked that my mother made me play on the balcony in mitts. When she went to parent-teacher night, the teacher told her: 'It could be worse; the only instrument harder to get a pure note out of is the clarinet'. When she'd bitch, I'd threaten to switch to clarinet.

So count me in for the third violins.


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quote:
posted by skdadl: You can see why the polka was invented, can't you. I mean, when someone's playing an accordion, you're probably going to be up and flinging yourself about the room in frustration anyway.
Well. Have none of you ever heard Zachary Richard on the squeezebox? Or Danièle Martineau on the concertina? There is a fabulous Cajun band based in Toronto called Swamperella and whenever they play, they teach people how to dance the two-step for the first hour before the actual gig starts.

For everything you ever wanted to know about accordeons but were afraid to ask, check out this site.

I am currently attempting to teach myself to play "Un acadien errant" on the harmonica. Not quite ready for a public performance, though.

[ 01 October 2005: Message edited by: deBeauxOs ]


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I can play Duelling Banjos fairly well.

As well as Camptown Racers.


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i can't play a damned thing, and you don't want to hear me sing. my voice is very much like that of a 2 year old's. my fave instrument, though, has always been the violin. i've started to like the piano a LOT lately.
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I can play the Clarinet quite well. I play in the New Westminster and District Community Concert Band (New West Band) on Monday nights.
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quote:
Originally posted by Michelle:

One interesting thing - it was a lot more acceptable for girls to cross the gender boundary in instrumental music than it was for boys. So you'd occasionally see girls choose lower brass and drums without too much hassle, but the social sanction was just too great for boys to choose flute and clarinet in grade 7, so almost no boys did.

That's pretty much how things worked for me, only there was no gender boundary for girls. Clarinet was never a problem for boys, but I took a fair bit for being the male flute player. Then again, I took a lot of. . .negative attention. . .for many such boundaries I crossed in my youth. Ah, those were the days.


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I have a sweet hand on the tabla, but I haven't played since 1996.
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One time at babble band camp...
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Roll out the babble.....
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All together now, that classic Ricky Ricardo tune ... Babble Loo
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quote:
Originally posted by Suzette:
I played flute at school but was a bit embarrassed by how "girly" it was.

*muttering* Damn trombonists anyways...

quote:
Originally posted by skdadl:
Heh heh heh -- I think it's time for me to put out a call for someone to play the bagpipes, special for Michelle.

I can play some basic stuff on the chanter, but I've never played on the full pipes, sadly.


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Played sax back in high school...that was 30 years ago. Haven't touched one since. Kinda wished I'd kept it up.

I can bang chords out on the guitar (still have a 30 year old Ovation six string)... but never learned much finger picking. Also have one of those Casio electronic guitars that were put out in the 80's.


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I'm assuming the Babble Orchestra will be a marching band...
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posted 02 October 2005 04:02 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A marching band with ... a piano? Several pianos, in fact. We will need at least three piano-movers for each player, two to move the pianos at stately pace and one to push along the player on her stool as she plays.

I can't wait to see that bunch perform a wheel.

deBeauxOs, I think that Swamperella played on the very first babble podcast, the test one. (Can anyone confirm that?) If that was them, they are great.


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ephemeral
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posted 02 October 2005 04:04 PM      Profile for ephemeral     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
*loud guffaw* since i can't play any instrument, i'll help move a piano or a piano player.
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Raos
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posted 02 October 2005 04:05 PM      Profile for Raos     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
How can an orchestra be a marching band? I'll admit that orchestras generally don't have saxes and kazoos, but that's an easier change than marching. I should notice I didn't sign up for dressing up in one of those silly costumes with the silly hats and tromping around while I play.
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skdadl
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posted 02 October 2005 04:10 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I realize that we have a volunteer conductor up top (maestro), but the thought of this group brings back memories of a funny recording done without conductor by some British orchestra or other -- does anyone know that performance?

It was mostly pretence, of course. I forget why they had supposedly temporarily lost their conductor. But they go launching into some great classic, full symphony orchestra, and they are such a hoot, roll-on-the-floor funny. The wrong notes, of course, are all in perfect places -- obviously, they did it on purpose. I suspect that most serious orchestras can play pretty well just following the concert-master.


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mayakovsky
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posted 02 October 2005 05:06 PM      Profile for mayakovsky     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I used to play clarinet and I still have my 30 year old recorder. But I have realized from the last few concerts that I have attended that I want to play tympani.
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belva
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posted 02 October 2005 05:09 PM      Profile for belva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by maestro:
I don't know whether I'll join this orchestra...too much sax and violins.

that's off key, maestro


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Raos
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posted 02 October 2005 05:09 PM      Profile for Raos     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ooh, timpany is great fun! Unless the pitch gauges are broken, and you have to tune them by ear. That's not so fun...

Hrm, I suppose I also play a bit of percussion.


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belva
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posted 02 October 2005 05:16 PM      Profile for belva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Raos:
I didn't sign up for dressing up in one of those silly costumes with the silly hats and tromping around while I play.

Please don't worry, Raos---no dress code! This orchestra is as unconventional as babblers are!

The marching band, I think, should be a smaller group just for those special gigs where a marching band is required or requested. Now, which political parties might want the babble marching band to perform in parades or at rallies??


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belva
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posted 02 October 2005 05:19 PM      Profile for belva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by ephemeral:
*loud guffaw* since i can't play any instrument, i'll help move a piano or a piano player.

Would you be willing to be stage manager?


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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 03 October 2005 01:36 AM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Did someone mention a marching band? 'cause here in Iowa we got a thing for marching bands, ya know. And those bands better be in uniform. . .

76 trombones and all that

Anyway, I took trumpet for six years in school and could still probably fake it well enough. My son Eric took trumpet as well (but unlike me, was not influenced by Al Hirt or Herb Alpert) but now is taking guitar - electric guitar of course. He either wants to be the next Jimmy Page or just be popular with the ladies. Or both. Anyway, that's what we got down here.

Shaping up to be quite an . . . ensemble?


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Raos
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posted 03 October 2005 01:52 AM      Profile for Raos     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hehehe, I'd say ensemble works. that was a fantastic movie, though. I've never understood, though. If you have clarinets of every shape and kind, aren't you very limited as far as shapes and kinds are concerned?

But wow, deja vu again. I saw that picture on the NFL a few weeks ago. Not exactly the picture you expect to pop up everywhere.


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belva
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posted 06 October 2005 11:22 AM      Profile for belva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, we have in the ensemble:
accordians, bagpipes, banjos, bassoons, clarinets,flutes, french horn, guitars, kazoo, mandolin, pianos, piccolos, recorder, saxophones, tabla,trombones, trumpets, violins
with a guest conductor,
and, courtesy of Magoo, one "ghostaphonium"

Ready, gang?

A one & a two . . .


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posted 06 October 2005 11:33 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
*piano does a trembling tremolo*
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posted 06 October 2005 11:33 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Américain Égalitaire:
76 trombones and all that

Heaven!

Aside: I wish marching bands were as big in Canadian schools as they are in USian ones. I was in a marching band outside of school, but it was a drum corps, and their instrument range is very limited - their wind instruments only consist of a range of two-valved brass instruments, from soprano (which look like trumpets) to bass (which look like tubas) and everything in between. No trombones, alas. I played the "baritone" which is like a euphonium, but didn't enjoy it nearly as much as trombone.

I was also a drum major for a little while. Of a tiny little Charlie Brown drum corps. We had more fun than beautiful music, let me tell you.


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posted 06 October 2005 04:19 PM      Profile for maestro     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Raos:
How can an orchestra be a marching band? I'll admit that orchestras generally don't have saxes and kazoos, but that's an easier change than marching. I should notice I didn't sign up for dressing up in one of those silly costumes with the silly hats and tromping around while I play.

I just thought an orchestra of leftists would more or less automatically be a marching band.


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posted 06 October 2005 04:22 PM      Profile for maestro     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
and, courtesy of Magoo, one "ghostaphonium"

Which is, of course, a *wind* instrument...


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