Do percussionists ever get bored?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Nuke, Apr 28, 2004.


Do percussionists get bored??

  1. Yes

  2. No

  1. Nuke

    Nuke Active Member

    Ive only recently sort of had a go at percussion cause Emley dont need a trombone player of such a low standard as me. Playing timps and glock and stuff bored me out of my tiny little mind. Do all percussion players get bored when they have to wait seventy odd bars to play a triangle?
  2. Trigger

    Trigger Member

    Yes they do. I'm a cornet player, but I have had a go at percussion for a couple of contests and it is a bit of a pain when test pieces such as the areas don't have much percussion in, because it is difficult to keep them interested while the other parts are being rehearsed. But at the end of the day, if someone chooses to go on percussion, they have to accept the fact that there will be some occasions when there isn't much to do.

    I have known percussionists in the past that have had it really good. Endless pieces of music with excellent percussion parts and pleanty to play and all the gear and he still moaned and threw his sticks out the case when it came to rehearsing slower music without all the 'banging and clanking'. :roll: It's about having respect for the other parts in the band that need rehearsing.

    Having said that, I do understand that it can be really difficult when there is next to nothing to play and when that happens, it is understandable that it gets a bit boring.
  3. jo

    jo Member

    yes, but fortunatley most of the stuff we do at carlton main has lots of percussion in it, and trying to cover 4 parts simultaneously when the lads dont turn up keeps me too busy to get bored! the trick is to get someone to cue you a couple of bars before you come in and then you can just let your mind wander during the other 68 bars!
  4. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    I've got bored before on several occassions... part of the reason I took up brass was cos of my occassional boredom in my first band, so I'd slip onto backrow cornet or Eb Bass as and when...

    Recently theres only been a few pieces that dont have much percussion in them, but I do like to sit back and appreciate the music thats being made around me, so I very rarely get bored now... depends on the piece.

  5. Dan

    Dan Member

    No not really.

    My current band keeps the percussionists entertained 99.8% of the time and like Naomi says, if you have nothing to do in a piece sit back and appreciate the music :D
  6. six pints

    six pints Active Member

    or do what i did for the brief period i was a timp player and have tic tacs and game boys!
  7. akwarose

    akwarose Active Member

    being a cornet player i wouldnt know, but everytime i sneak a look at percussion they look pretty busy....or are they pretending?
  8. drummergurl

    drummergurl Active Member

    sometimes in pieces that have ver ylittle percussion in i do get bored, but atm the conductor i have always takes a shine to percussion so now nearly all the pieces we play have ten tonne of percussion in
  9. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    That reminds me of when I went to see Birmingham Symphony Orchestra back in 1998... The timp player, a female, was filing her nails in all the rests she had... Maaaan she looked bored! :lol:
  10. Nuke

    Nuke Active Member

    see this is what i mean. Unless your a great kit player (which i aint) your waitin for ages.
  11. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    Not nessessarily... remember orchestras are different to brass bands anyway and most percussion and woodwind and brass dont have much to do!

    When I depped for Emley on Saturday I did a lot of tuned stuff and there was timps throughout half, most, of the stuff... was fun.
    Depends on the music obviously, but it's not *that* bad

  12. The Cornet King

    The Cornet King Active Member

    aha! So thats who was making the racket at the back of the church! :wink:

  13. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

  14. Nuke

    Nuke Active Member

    Wasnt that the basses makin the racket cause i thought the percussion sounded pretty darn good.
  15. The Cornet King

    The Cornet King Active Member

    aye maybe your right! :lol:
    Aye the perc was excellent...well worth it was...well worth it! and Naomi was pretty good too :lol:

    Blatant plug for emley being the most sociable and best band ever to go to the pub with! Keep it going chaps and chapesses...see you in summer! :guiness
  16. bassinthebathroom

    bassinthebathroom Active Member

    They certainly do in the bands for the Grand Shield contest. That's the one thing in the piece that is Liszt's fault and not Bram Gay's :?
  17. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

    :lol:- u can say that again mate!
    Got a lotta timne off band though- the only reason I'm going tonight is cos it's my bday and we're off for a curry after rehearsal :D:D:D so not all bad after-all, :lol:

  18. neiltwist

    neiltwist Active Member

    it's not just percussion, Bass trombones have a bad part a lot of the time, but that's because too many of us just can't blend!

    It does get dispiriting when your part just copies the basses so that you have a part.

    And what I find interesting is that Journey into freedom is seen as an easier peiece than tristan, but my part is significantly harder! (in my opinion anyway)
  19. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    I'll drink to that CK :guiness You're welcome whenever

    p.s. I didn't vote on this poll, not a percussionist. Well...only in the car.

    TIMBONE Active Member


    The word "bored" is not in my vocabulary. "Boredom" is a state of mind. Having said that, the word "tedious" is definately in my vocabulary. When I was playing professionaly, my favourite conducter (orchestral) was Roger Boulivant. He always rehearsed the bits that I was involved in first, so that I could go early.

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