Classical musicians

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  1. anthonyferguson

    anthonyferguson SS.org Regular

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    Anyone else on here play classical instruments? I play with my county's philharmonic orchestra and I love it!

    Did a concert yesterday playing Vaughan Williams London symphony, what a great piece of music!

    I play cor anglais and oboe. What about you guys?
     
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    KingAenarion Resident Studio Nerd

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    I play a multitude of instruments, but my main instrument is Clarinet. I have my Licentiate level in it and got a place at the Sydney Con for performance, but turned it down (I did education instead)

    Still love playing the thing though
     
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    My post might be blasphemous among the classical community, so beware :lol:

    I play classical guitar, if that even counts as a "legitimate" classical instrument. In fact, it was the instrument I started on. However, I play it as purely a hobby. In fact, I'm not very good by most classical guitarists' standards, as I go through phases of playing either classical or electric guitar, but have never concentrated solely on classical guitar.

    With that said, a few pieces (and studies that I particularly enjoy) I've managed to learn have been:

    - Anonymous Romance
    - Study #2 - Fernando Sor
    - Un Dia de Noviembre (A Day in November) - Leo Brouwer
    - Vals Venezolano #3, Natalia - Antonio Lauro

    I'm in the process of learning Francisco Tarrega's "Capricho Arabe" and I've always enjoyed Heitor Villalobos's Study #1, but my skill level isn't quite there yet.

    I'm a rookie in the classical music world, and I don't know much about it, but I do enjoy it a lot, and I fully admire both developed interpreters and composers.
     
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    Blasphemer Bird Law expert

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    I just got my degree in classical guitar performance.
     
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    ILuvPillows Baby seal will destr

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    Cello at Bath Spa University, UK.
     
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    I've always wanted to play violin and one day I will - and show those clowns who think it's impossible to learn if you don't start as a kid.
     
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    mr_rainmaker Resident Cherokee

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    I wish....
    I always wanted to play the violin,I`m almost fanboy of violin,mark wood is one of my faves.
     
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    KingAenarion Resident Studio Nerd

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    Classical guitar is a classical instrument

    Anyone who thinks it isn't should go eat a dick
     
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    I fuckin love oboe, but I only play bass... electric bass, that is.
     
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    Varcolac Frets? What frets?

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    Violin and cello, but apart from a relatively short stint of Bach-spamming I've been mainly playing them in folk rather than classical contexts. Lovely instruments though; the timbre of the cello's low register is one of my favourite sounds.
     
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    Classical guitarist by day...
    7 stringer by night.
     
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    SirMyghin The Dirt Guy Contributor

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    I used to play sax, my quest for dynamics (some days I get really tired of the limitted dynamics on a guitar. You can choose how to start a note, how to end it, but nothing in between. A volume pedal/knob just isn't satisfactory with how it interacts.
     
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    I am currently in my 4th semester in college, majoring in classical guitar. My instructor has me learning Villa-Lobos' "Etude no.2". Here is a video of The Arizona Assassin, Matt Palmer, performing the said piece. This guy has got the goddamn devil in him.

     
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    I play classical saxophone, and before you ask, yes, that's a thing. In an orchestral context I pretty much exclusively play Tenor(Bb), though I also am somewhat skilled with Alto and Soprano. Most of the time when playing classical music and most modern symphonic pieces I jump around doubling the a multitude of other instruments, usually trombones, baritones, french horns, bass clarinet, oboe, and/or bassoon. There are very few non-jazz pieces that have a unique part written for the saxophones, and those that do tend to only have a unique part written for Alto(Eb) and/or Soprano(Bb). Other than my high school's band I played in the inagural South Florida Youth Pride Wind Ensemble(first of QUILTBAG/straight friendly youth band in the English speaking world), with guest conductor/clinician David Shaffer(!).
     
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    If you like the dynamics of a Saxophone, the Clarinet is significantly more versatile. Able to go from whisper quiet to ear hurting loud across a majority of the instrument....

    But it's not as sexy as the sax
     
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    Hemi-Powered Drone Dragonblade629

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    I don't know about you, but I find it incredibly easy to get ridiculously quiet on the sax. I once got so quiet you couldn't hear it over the clacking of the keys. And it's obvious how loud the sax can get.

    The sax is definitely sexy.
     
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    SirMyghin The Dirt Guy Contributor

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    I had a very very good dynamic range on the sax, as the guy who posted after you I could play from a whisper to an air horn with the thing. I should start looking for an acceptable quality sax in the future. Could be fun, but not cheap, and I have other stuff on my plate right now unfortunately. Maybe next year. I mean no offense when I say I am not too keen on the timbre of a clarinet, or even an alto sax for that matter.
     
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    Oh definitely, the sax has great dynamic range...

    As someone who is regularly playing both though, the control on the Clarinet is far easier across the entire range of the instrument...

    but they are different tonal beasts definitely.

    Although good Jazz Clarinet is pretty freakin sweet.
     
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    Yeah, the very bottom of the register can be more taxing to play quietly with on a sax, particularly so if the sax is a piece of scrap :lol:.

    Jazz clarinet does indeed rock the house though. It is much more portable too.
     

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