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post #11 of 42 Old 08-01-2013, 12:07 AM
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I play snare drum in marching band, but I play piano at home, I normally am just into pop music to play and I play by ear with piano. The other day I had a band member tell me are director talks about me a lot and at a concert I earned a special award that only one person gets a year, and he said I had perfect pitch. Hopefully I can get a scholarship from doing band the director played in the million dollar band for Alabama and I live only 45 minutes from Tuscaloosa, and he gave out two scholarships last year for UA. So hopefully I'll luck up to!
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I've been playing clarinet for 11 years and have competed as both part of a concert band and soloist. My proudest moment was when our high school band went to a state competition and I managed to get a huge solo. I've also been teaching myself piano for the past two years and I've recently "stolen" my Mum's old guitar and will teach myself to play that as soon as I restring it.
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Yes! We have Preliminary, then 8 grades, then Associate and Licentiate here. I gave up on exams long ago as I get horrible nerves (as in, I burst out crying) but I continued to practice as if I had end-of-year exams. In the order I learned:

Piano - up to 8th grade, although somewhat limited in repertoire because I have very small hands (no Liszt or Rachmaninoff *sobs*). Mostly classical piano, I love my Beethoven and Chopin especially, but I also do a lot of improvisation.

Singing - soprano, have sung songs and done exercises consistently up to associate level (2nd highest). Used to sing a lot of opera (esp Verdi, Bizet, Puccini), but have moved into folk and renaissance songs more recently, as I haven't been able to train my voice as regularly (i.e. a few hours daily) and manage to keep my range intact, since I have been working crazy hours over the last few years. I love singing in different languages and exploring folk music from around the world - Greek, Armenian, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English, Yiddish, Arabic, Turkish, Spanish, Italian, French, German, ... I try to learn as much of the languages as possible, so I actually can understand and interpret what I'm singing, as well as use correct pronunciation and inflection! I have a decent grasp of French and some skills in Spanish, Greek, German, Italian and the Gaelic languages. It helps me explore my dual passions of linguistics and musicology.

Flute - started off learning the fife before moving onto the flute, which is actually a lot easier on the mouth and fingers! Can play up to 6th grade in level. Once again play a fair bit of folk music but also plenty of Faure, Gluck, Mozart, Tarrega, Mercadante etc. It puts a bit more "light" into my music repertoire, given that I generally lurk around the gloomy end with my vocal and piano choices. Occasionally I fiddle round with bamboo flutes to experience a different tone.

Recorder - a recent addition, although I learned the basics as a kid. Had a bit of a recorder-buying spree and ended up with two soprano recorders (one wood, one plastic), a sopranino and an alto. Had they had the tenor in stock then I would have walked out with that too! Most of the music I play on recorder is either renaissance pipe music and baroque music.

I'd love to learn a bowed string instrument (probably the cello) but my fingers really aren't made for playing any string instrument, bowed or plucked. Which sadly also puts the lute out of the realms of possibility. Given my failings there I would love instead to learn the oboe. I had some good experiences experimenting with a bassoon so I'm fairly optimistic. My clarinet experiences were less promising (I ended up sounding like an angry duck!) so it may be that double reeds are more my thing. I've played the bugle a bit but I hate the taste of brass so unless someone lends me a solid gold trumpet I doubt I'll explore further

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post #14 of 42 Old 08-01-2013, 08:54 AM
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I put my music aside for years and then I started back up. I play guitar almost every day. I still sound pretty good on the oboe too; just not for long. My lips aren't in shape since I don't play enough. Who'd have thought that you need lip muscles?
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I can play the alto, tenor, soprano, and baritone sax. I can also play oboe, piano, a little flute, and a little trumpet.
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post #16 of 42 Old 08-01-2013, 09:04 AM
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I put my music aside for years and then I started back up. I play guitar almost every day. I still sound pretty good on the oboe too; just not for long. My lips aren't in shape since I don't play enough. Who'd have thought that you need lip muscles?
I know eh? But the worst is singing - I had to exercise my tongue muscles. Tongue cramps are horrible Incidentally, I'm double-jointed on all fingers from playing the fife, which is nastier on the fingers because it has holes rather than buttons so you need to press harder to get an even tone. It is also an octave higher than the flute so even nastier on the poor lips. Playing music can be quite a physical activity!
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post #17 of 42 Old 08-01-2013, 09:39 AM
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Also played the bass clarinet in our 'concert' band at school and did lots of well.. concerts!

Oh my gosh! I played bass clarinet too throughout grade and high school! LOL

I started with organ lessons when I was probably about 6. Dad was a big classical music fan so both he and my older brother all learned.

Then in 4th grade, when they try to get everyone involved in band, the director asked if I would play bass clarinet because I was tall and was the only one able to reach the keys. I had wanted to play flute. LOL high school I was all musical and played the following:

* Bass clarinet in Concert band and occasionally in a smaller wind ensemble and also in the pit orchestra for our plays.

* Tenor saxaphone in marching band

* Tenor saxaphone and flute (if there was a flute part) in jazz band.

* And I dabbled with the oboe one year in concert band because I liked it and we didn't have anyone else.

I did make the all state band once, but didn't perform as we had a wicked snowstorm and couldn't drive to rehearsal. :(

I also sang tenor in chorus and in concert choir. LOL

After HS I played 1 year in college but then found other pursuits.
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post #18 of 42 Old 08-22-2013, 10:54 PM
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I am a high school band director/professional trombone (jazz) player. Getting close to retiring (again). did 24 years in the marine music program, half of that as a director, been a high school band director for 15 years now.
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post #19 of 42 Old 08-22-2013, 10:59 PM
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Violin and flute! For 13 and 12 years, respectively. I'm a much better flutist than violinist. If I had the money, I'd replace both of my instruments. My violin is very low quality and I've just outgrown my flute's capabilities. I haven't had as much time in college to play them though and I miss it dearly.

I can also play trumpet once I remember the fingerings. Not great because I randomly taught myself after my brother stopped playing and we still had it lying around, but decent for not having formal instruction. I desperately want to learn cello though. Oh how I love cellos.
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post #20 of 42 Old 08-22-2013, 11:36 PM
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I trumpet for 8 years in school. I've played guitar for about 35 years. Also like messing with the mandolin, fiddle, banjo and bass.
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