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The Real Musicians

Postby twang on Mon Nov 25, 2002 1:10 pm

One of the trombone players in a big band I sometimes gig with plays in the local symphony orchestra as well. He gave me a ticket for their show yesterday which included Baroque (Bach Concerto For Two Violins), opera overtures (Carmen), patriotic (Stars & Stripes Forever), contemporary classical (Leroy Anderson's Fiddle Faddle - a great fiddle hoedown that makes Orange Blossom Special sound like Chopsticks) and movie themes (Mancini's Pink Panther).

These guys just blew me away. Perfect intonation and timing. Not an easy feat for 70 musicians. And they are just one of hundreds of local symphonies around the country.

The lead string bass player was just astounding. His walking lines and groove during the bridge of the Pink Panther Theme reminded me of Ray Brown. And his foundation for the Bach Concerto just destroyed any guitar shredder while not getting in the way of the main theme. The violinsts were all unbelievable in the chops department, as was everybody in the orchestra. And they made it look like a day at the beach.
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Re: The Real Musicians

Postby joe_jr on Mon Nov 25, 2002 2:30 pm

Makes you want to go home and practice, no?

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Re: The Real Musicians

Postby oldguy on Mon Nov 25, 2002 2:40 pm

Symphony orchestras are MAGICAL!!

If any of you guys have never been to the symphony, you need to go! That way you can have more culture than the stuff growing on the Mozzerella cheese in the fridge.
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Re: The Real Musicians

Postby David Taylor on Mon Nov 25, 2002 3:17 pm

I know, I know, I know...my younger brother is a classically trained clarinet player. As such, I witnessed first hand the amount of work it takes to attain the level of perfection required to play music of that complexity.

Not only is your individual part difficult, you also need to think about how you are blending in with 70, or so, other musicians...

Unfortunately, since he never became part of a symphony, all of his musical ability, talent & training now qualifies him to deliver pizzas for a living.
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Re: The Real Musicians

Postby Michael Patrick on Mon Nov 25, 2002 3:41 pm

While I can appreciate the work and talent necessary to be a classical musician, it seems WAY too much like work. I've got a day job for that, whereas I play guitar for fun!
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Re: The Real Musicians

Postby mrbeasty on Mon Nov 25, 2002 6:52 pm

Rock musician take it for granted that they don't need to practice to a metronome nor do they need a tuner ... it's bad for "their feel" ... :D :roll:

... which is why the first thing a Major will do when they sign a band is put them thru a rehearsing program to get these flaws out of the way ...
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Re: The Real Musicians

Postby HighOrder on Mon Nov 25, 2002 6:54 pm

I especially like the Tuba solos ... :D
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Re: The Real Musicians

Postby Michael Patrick on Mon Nov 25, 2002 7:38 pm

... which is why the first thing a Major will do when they sign a band is put them thru a rehearsing program to get these flaws out of the way ...
Thank the deity of your choice that they didn't rehearse the "flaws" out of Charlie Watts and Keith Richards. Or Keith Moon for that matter.
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Re: The Real Musicians

Postby ¤klÿn¡§§¤ on Mon Nov 25, 2002 7:58 pm

Originally posted by MichaelPatrick:
... which is why the first thing a Major will do when they sign a band is put them thru a rehearsing program to get these flaws out of the way ...
Thank the deity of your choice that they didn't rehearse the "flaws" out of Charlie Watts and Keith Richards. Or Keith Moon for that matter.
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Re: The Real Musicians

Postby erikwa on Tue Nov 26, 2002 9:10 am

This thread made me go through my LPs and YES, there it was!
The London Symphony Orchestra plays classic rock (1977!)
includes songs such as:
Life On Mars
Whole Lotta Love
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Paint It Black
Bohemian Rhapsody

I'm listening it right now... Sadly there's no Black Sabbath on this record :D
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Re: The Real Musicians

Postby ¤klÿn¡§§¤ on Tue Nov 26, 2002 9:53 pm

Originally posted by BlackAmbulance:
This thread made me go through my LPs and YES, there it was!
The London Symphony Orchestra plays classic rock (1977!)
includes songs such as:
Life On Mars
Whole Lotta Love
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Paint It Black
Bohemian Rhapsody

I'm listening it right now... Sadly there's no Black Sabbath on this record :D
L :D L - i was just waiting for someone to bring that up!
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