If you were not a brass player, what would be your preferred instrument?

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  1. eflatbass

    eflatbass Supporting Member

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    Imagine yourself as an internationally renowned soloist on anything other than a brass instrument.

    1. What would be your chosen instrument?
    2. What famous concerto would you choose to perform?
     
  2. ploughboy

    ploughboy Active Member

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    you of course mean Brass or Percussion player as this is a brass band forum, and we count as part of the same team!!

    I would like to be able to play Double Bass, in a jazz band, all those walking bass lines and great solo's. . Round Midnight. . . oh yeah!
     
  3. subtlevib

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    Guitar, Voice, Eva Cassidy style.
     
  4. euph77

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    I often feel that I should have played the saxophone as I have so many enquiries from people wanting me to teach them how to play it. :p
     
  5. jockinafrock

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    I would so want to play the piano to concert-pianist standard. I play the piano a little but, unless I practice like mad and learn a piece by heart, I have all the talent and musicality of a dyspraxic spider!! :oops: I'm pretty nifty on a typewriter, but only because I'm pressing one key at a time - give me different rythms on each hand and it all goes pear-shaped! For that reason I'd struggle on a set of drums too! The piano's the only single instrument where you can hear the whole thing ie the chords, the accompaniment, tune, etc at the same time and get the whole musical picture. :)
     
  6. classicbrass

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    Bass ( as in Electric bass ). In fact learning to play euphonium/baritone was an opportunity to learn to read music after years of trying to teach myself with no success. I was fortunate enough to pick up a cheap bass a few years ago and my understanding has come on leaps and bounds since learning music.
     
  7. eflatbass

    eflatbass Supporting Member

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    Me too, Fiona. Me too.
     
  8. brassneck

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    When I was in primary school, the first instrument I heard lessons on was the clarinet. I couldn't get lessons and eventually took on piano and brass, but I still like good clarinet playing. Concerto? Aaron Copland's concerto written for Benny Goodwin is my favourite.
     
  9. bumper-euph

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    'Cello......Elgar 'Cello Concerto , as well as Jaqualine Dupre' played it...........
     
  10. Red Elvis

    Red Elvis Active Member

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    Bumper-euph beat me to it. Same here.
     
  11. Toxophile

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    Northumbrian Smallpipes
    The Breamish / Wild Fells of Wannie

    I did make a set of Smallpipes at night school!

    Pete Scott
     
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  12. mdfreeman

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    Classical Guitar....and rodrigo's guitar concerto
     
  13. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

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    The list is almost endless, but top of the list would be a draw between bassoon and cello. Mozart bassoon concerto, Elgar cello concerto. Heaven!
     
  14. Alyn James

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    Mouth Organ - like Larry Adler.
     
  15. brassbandmaestro

    brassbandmaestro Active Member

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    I play piano/keyboard as that is my 2nd instrument. I would love to be like one of my favourite virtuosi, eg Vladimir Ashkenazy, John Ogdon, Stephen Hough, Claudio Arrau, Artur Pizarro, etc!
     
  16. Laserbeam bass

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    The Elgar Cello Concerto transcribed for Viola by Lionel Tertis.

    The first time it was played to Elgar, Tertis engaged Elgar in conversation, so that the player could surreptitiously tune the C string to B, thus allowing the whole of the second (third?) movement to be played at pitch
     
  17. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

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    Bass guitar for me. I think it has a great sound and is so versatile. I did buy one complete with amp and speaker about 35 years ago but never really got down to practicing it seriously. I regret to say that I eventually gave it away.

    - Mr Wilx
     
  18. tromwinst

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    Trumpet and the chance to play Mahler 5 for me
     
  19. leisa

    leisa Active Member

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    Flute! Passed Grade 7 on it before I had to choose between that and my cornet, didn't have time to do both and cornet won!
     
  20. Basstiger

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    I'm with the pianists on this...learnt it up to Grade 5 at school....It would have to be Beethoven's 4th piano concerto
     
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