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Posted 26 July 2004 - 10:00 PM

Hey, do any of you guys play any musical instruments, if so what do you play and to what standard. Are you a member of any bands/orchetras/ensembles/groups/etc. Have you sat any non-sqa music exams e.g ABRSM?

Personally I play:

Trombone: playing since Primary 4, now in S6
Keyboard: playing for as long as I can remember
Piano: just started formal lessons, but I have a good grasp

I will be sitting ABRSM grade 5 theory very soon.

I'm in my local authorities orchestras and bands as well as the school orchestra.
Next year I will hopefully be applying for West of Scotland.

What about the rest of you, there must be at least someone else who plays something, no bandcamp jokes though!:P
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Posted 27 July 2004 - 09:49 AM

I play the cello have dun since P5 now in S6. I am about grade 6. Play in loadsa different things including school ochestra, regional orchestra, a chamber orchestra as well as loadsa different quartets and ensembles.

I play the keyboard as well but it is soo easy as u cant b out o tune on one unless u hit the wrong key! tongue.gif


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Posted 27 July 2004 - 07:44 PM

Until recently, I took private piano lessons with a music teacher from school. I really enjoyed it, but I decided to stop after getting Grade 6 (Guildhall).

I was never in any sort of ensemble at school, although I did play at a couple of concerts (quite nerve racking when you're not used to it, but worth it!)

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Posted 27 July 2004 - 08:43 PM

i have been playing cornet since p6 and i am now in S6 and in my teachers option i am of grade 5-6 but never actually sat a test

I play for a number of bands all of which i am the principal cornet player:

School band
East ayrshire school senior brass band
kilmarnock junior brass band
kilmarnock senior brass band


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Posted 13 August 2004 - 12:27 PM

I play trombone - I think I'm the only girl in the world that does! Played since P6. My standard fluctuates depending on what kind of mood my teacher's in. I think I'm about grade 6...



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Posted 13 August 2004 - 01:36 PM

QUOTE(kaykay @ Aug 13 2004, 12:27 PM)
I play trombone - I think I'm the only girl in the world that does!  Played since P6. My standard fluctuates depending on what kind of mood my teacher's in. I think I'm about grade 6...

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Yay another trombonist - and a girl as well. Far too few girls play trombone.


What sort of repertoire are you playing just now? eg Rimsky Korsakov Concerto, Morceau Symphonique, etc? What's your range like?
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Posted 13 August 2004 - 06:13 PM

really cos in all the bands i have ever played in ther has been more girls playing trom then than boys and boys in general are in the minority i feel certainly in my school band where there is 1 boy for every 2 girls

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Posted 13 August 2004 - 11:21 PM

QUOTE(Dave @ Aug 13 2004, 06:13 PM)
really cos in all the bands i have ever played in ther has been more girls playing trom then than boys and boys in general are in the minority i feel certainly in my school band where there is 1 boy for every 2 girls

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Hmm that's strange, in my local authority symphony orchestra and concert band their are no femaile trombonists. Same applies with school orcestra (if you can call that rable an orchestra).

Strangely almost all the horn players I know are female.


That brings up an interesting point. Do you get "boy instruments" and "girl instrumens", eg is there a stereotyped sex for certain instruments?
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Posted 13 August 2004 - 11:26 PM

QUOTE(werlop @ Aug 14 2004, 12:21 AM)
Strangely almost all the horny players I know are female.

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Hmm, I hope that's a typo tongue.gif

At my school, reeds seemed to be mainly played by girls; particularly the flute.

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Posted 14 August 2004 - 10:45 AM

I've been playing the harp (Scottish Folk Harp (Clarsach), not Concert Harp) for about 8 years. I've never actually sat any exams, but I have some pieces which are grade 7/8. I play at weddings quite a lot, and sometimes at other functions. In the Easter holidays this year I played for Princess Anne when she was opening a new theatre in Peebles, very scary! I don't play Classical music, which everyone seems to automatically assume whenever I say I play the Harp. I mostly play Scottish Traditional music, but I also have quite a lot of Jazzy pieces as well. I recorded a demo CD last year with the help of Charlie McKerron from Capercaillie - Scottish Folk band (not sure if anyone has heard of them?)
I also play the drums for my second instrument for music at school. Apparently I'm supposed to be at grade 5/6 for the exam, but somehow I can't really see that happening seeing as how I only started having lessons again just before the summer holidays! tongue.gif


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Posted 14 August 2004 - 11:29 AM

QUOTE(Laura @ Aug 14 2004, 10:45 AM)

PS. does anyone know why I have some kind of warning underneath my user      information? It says something about  'warn: 0%'. It only shows up when I am logged in, does that mean everyone has it? I'm kinda confused, not to good with computers! Sorry to be a pain! (I'm probably being really stupid lol!)

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Hey Laura,

I've got the warn thing aswell. I think everyone does.

George has explained what it means in the Forum Upgrade thread.

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Posted 14 August 2004 - 09:03 PM

QUOTE(werlop @ Aug 14 2004, 12:21 AM)


That brings up an interesting point. Do you get "boy instruments" and "girl instrumens", eg is there a stereotyped sex for certain instruments?

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Yes i think you do because i am the only boy in my school band playing cornet and in the killie senior band i don't think their is any at all!!

I also agree about horns being mostly girls and actually now that i think about it their is more and more girls playing larger and larger instruments i mean all the way up to Bb tubas!!(that are of equal height and weight as the player herself)

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Posted 14 August 2004 - 09:44 PM

QUOTE(George @ Aug 13 2004, 11:26 PM)
QUOTE(werlop @ Aug 14 2004, 12:21 AM)
Strangely almost all the horny players I know are female.

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Hmm, I hope that's a typo tongue.gif

At my school, reeds seemed to be mainly played by girls; particularly the flute.

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LOL ohmy.gif YES that was a typo lol ohmy.gif tongue.gif

or was it a freudian slip, lol i dunno biggrin.gif
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Posted 16 August 2004 - 07:57 PM

I play the piano (first instrument) and clarinet (second instrument). I've played the piano for about 14 years now playing grade7/8 pieces and I picked up the clarinet in S1 playing at about grade6 standard. I prefer playing the piano but played the clarinet while I was at school in the windband.
I like playing jazz and more modern music although I have played classical pieces too. I just sat my grade5 theory in June and passed with 83%(merit) and got an A for my Advanced Higher Music at highschool and have decided to go off to Uni in Sept to study music further.

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Posted 16 August 2004 - 07:58 PM

Hey Laura are you from Peebles?

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Posted 19 August 2004 - 07:00 PM

QUOTE(kaykay @ Aug 13 2004, 01:27 PM)
I play trombone - I think I'm the only girl in the world that does!  Played since P6. My standard fluctuates depending on what kind of mood my teacher's in. I think I'm about grade 6...

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Oooh I play the trombone too! And euphonium (grade 5), piano (grade 6), keyboard (errr...sightreading Higher pieces) and err.....recorders blush.gif





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