Do we have a specific personality to match our instrument?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Kaskaey, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. Kaskaey

    Kaskaey Member

    Me and my (unbrass player) friends have been talking, and we believe that you can distinguish what instrument people play by their personality, appearance etc.
    For example, the brass are almost always the most loud and lets say rowdy, whereas the cellists always seem to look like film stars. The oboes and basson players are more quirky in appearance... yet flautists sometimes appear somewhat ditsy? (this on the basis of my fluty friends!)
    To cut to the chase, we have been wondering what other musicians think! discuss!!
  2. Ste69

    Ste69 Member

    I don't think you have to look as far as other instrument families. Just within a brass band, you find certain personalities seem to gravitate towards certain instruments!!!

    Us Bass players are definitely "special" :p
  3. JDH

    JDH Member

    I would not say it is a 100% rule as some people are forced into playing particularly instruments, by what is available, or parental pressure. However, if left to personal choice, instruments played certainly reflect individuals personality.

    I cannot imagine playing anything but the tuba - it is just me!
  4. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

    Brass - I've played sop, Bb cornet, flugel, horn, baritone, and Eb bass.

    I've also played guitar - 6 & 12 string, acoustic and electric; bass; mandolin - acoustic & electric; recorder; penny whistle; 'blues harp' (moothy!); and odds & sods of percussion*. (Genres from 'music hall', via folk and rock, to jazz...)

    Care to guess about my appearance/personality? ;)

    *And enough keyboards to realise that, whatever I can play/fake it on, keyboards ain't one of 'em!
  5. robcav

    robcav Member

    This is an interesting theory and it is not unlike the one which suggests that dog owners look like their particular breed of dog. Judge for yourself by my avatar. Cute eh!? As for the euphonium, my own instrument, I suspect that characters who perform on this instrument are artistic, sweet, mellow, but make their presence felt when required, flexible, hard-working, down to earth and above all sensitive and expressive with no desire to be the centre of attention but secretly relishing the opportunity to show off their talents. Should I mention the size of bell ends? No - bass players would clearly win hands down, though I have no hard evidence of this.
  6. winterman

    winterman Member

    Crazy mixed up kid balancing on the knife edge of society?
  7. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    You left out a word, so I've added it for you. :D
  8. Cornet_player

    Cornet_player Member

    How odd....we had a discussion about this topic at uni!! I think that the outcome was that generally there is some sort of trend of personality to (preferred) instrument played.
  9. JessopSmythe

    JessopSmythe Active Member

    there's plenty of info on the traits and characteristics of different player groups at

    Here's one of my favourites

    Leaps tall bandrooms in one bound;
    Is more powerful than a locomotive;
    Is faster than a speeding bullet;
    Walks on water; gives policy to God.

    Leaps single storey bandrooms in one bound;
    Is about as powerful as a locomotive;
    Is just as fast as a speeding bullet;
    Walks on water if the sea is calm;
    Talks to God at set times of day.

    Leap small bandrooms with a running start;
    Are almost as powerful as a locomotive;
    Are noticeably slower than a speeding bullet;
    Walk on water in an indoor swimming pool;
    Talk to God if a special request is approved.

    Can barely clear a bicycle shed;
    Always lose a tug-of-war with a locomotive;
    Can fire a speeding bullet;
    Swim well, and are occasionally addressed by God.

    Make high scratch marks when trying to leap bicycle sheds;
    Are frequently run over by locomotives;
    Can sometimes handle writing implements without injury;
    Dog paddle, and talk to animals.

    Run into bicycle sheds;
    Recognise locomotives two times out of three;
    Are not issued with writing implements;
    Can stay afloat only with water wings, and talk to walls.

    Can't remember where the bandroom is;
    Say "Look at the choo-choo" when shown a locomotive;
    Don't know what the other instruments are;
    Think water's only use is for making beer;
    Are occasionally spoken to by others.

    Recognise a bandroom two times out of three;
    Think a locomotive is a BBb bass;
    Have no idea what a speeding bullet is;
    Are revolted by the mere thought of water;
    Ask "Who is God?"

    Fall over doorstep when trying to enter bandroom;
    Have on occasion tried to play a locomotive;
    Should not be allowed near other instruments;
    Will drown if given more than six inches of bath water;
    Mumble to themselves.

    Can barely read what has been written above;
    Should be run down by a locomotive;
    Failing that, shot by a speeding bullet;
    They are the lowest form of life.

    Lifts up bandrooms and walks under them;
    Kicks locomotives off the tracks;
    Catches speeding bullets between his teeth and eats them;
    Freezes water with a single glance;
    HE IS GOD.

    Sweeps under bandrooms;
    Puts locomotives back onto the tracks;
    Picks up spent cartridges after bullets have been fired;
    Carries the water to be frozen;
  10. maestroman123

    maestroman123 New Member

    I think sop players and percussionists are renowned for their arrogance :p
  11. oddbod

    oddbod Member

    Something I noticed about Flugel players... all the ones I know have a problem opening their wallets... and one particular one that nobody will ever have heard of, named Stan, in the days when most of us smoked - could take one ciggy out of the packet, still in his pocket....
  12. yorkie19

    yorkie19 Active Member

    What can I say.That's me to a tee...........;)

    Either that or I'm the man with a dog and a white stick!
  13. MissBraz

    MissBraz Active Member

    What do you mean by locomotive? (sorry if its a stupid question :oops: )
  14. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Hey, I'm allowed to use the band pencil! And I don't talk to walls. Flowers and myself possibly...
  15. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly Active Member

    The thing at the front of a train which pulls the coaches along (although sometimes it pushes them from the back).

    Usually but wrongly called engines...steam engine, diesel engine, electric engine.
  16. sparkling_quavers

    sparkling_quavers Active Member

    euph players?!?!?!?!?! haha!
  17. Griffin

    Griffin Active Member

    Ive had a few people come up to me and guessed I was a percussionist....

    and i'm like 'nope'... Sop player innit!
  18. Mmmm.... Not sure I agree with the percussion description above, but then why would I? I get quite restless in life so being a percussionist helps with that as I move around the instruments. I can be shy in new situations but loud and when I want to be in other situations or a grumpy bandsman is infront of me when I have a forte cym or timp note. ;)
  19. Daisy Duck

    Daisy Duck Member

    I know a lot of percussion players and "arrogant" would be a good adjective to describe all of them. Doesn't mean they're not lovely people and great friends, but arrogance seems to be a common trait of percussionists.
  20. robcornet

    robcornet Member

    Can't remember where the bandroom is;
    Say "Look at the choo-choo" when shown a locomotive;
    Don't know what the other instruments are;
    Think water's only use is for making beer;
    Are occasionally spoken to by others.

    Can't speak for flugel players but we back row cornets know where the band room is just can't play the pieces when we get there!!!!

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