I was curious who the musicians are on this board and what all of you play.
I'll go first...
My handle is Diapason 16 (an organ stop - for the uninitiated). I play the organ, piano, and sing. I know how to play handbells, but haven't touched a bell since I took a bell class at CUW a few years ago. My church has those choir chime things. They sound nice, but they are not like real handbells. I also compose organ and choral music.
I play classical church music, but I enjoy listening to country music when I drive. It keeps me awake and alert. Oh, and I like to play and compose lively music for the organ. I feel that many people think that the organ is old and boring, but it doesn't have to be that way - unless you only have 1-2 ranks of pipes.
I sing alto in our choir and I also play folk guitar. I like nearly every kind of music, but will not listen to rap.
I have never thought the organ was boring. Actually, the first time I ever heard one played, it was Rick Wakeman playing it, on the Yes track "Awaken." He's no slouch at it, lemme tell ya...
Interesting idea on Singles Mingle. I played the organ as a teen/20 year old. I'm still playing piano, but haven't touched an organ in years. (I'm trying to change that now.)
I'm encouraged that you write your own organ music. I enjoy modern classical organ, as well as other modern music. If you ever put your music into the PC, maybe you could publish it for all to enjoy.
I play a mean CD player, especially if it is working!
I currently play only bells. Have played in a bell quartet in the past, and also have directed a couple of children's bell choirs. I even directed children's vocal choirs in places that lacked a music teacher, but I don't like to direct.
I used to play the trumpet fairly well, without a lot of lip endurance. Played in brass choirs in several different locations.
I also used to play the recorder - soprano and alto.
Oops, just noticed this is on Single Mingle. I click on "General" when I read, and it's all mixed up like a stew nowadays in "General." You'll just have to put up with me.
It's ok Harriet; I'll join you in the old married lady section
I play a pretty mean saxophone, and play with a swing band when I have time, or jam with a couple of local guys.
I play piano in the privacy of my own home. My father was an awesome piano player, but a lousy piano teacher! "Just practice scales; then you can play anything". He played pretty much by ear. I taught myself right hand and chords when I was a kid, so learning to play left hand as an adult has been an challenge, after I inherited his piano about 12 years ago. And as a lifelong sax player, just learning to read two lines at the same time, and play more than one note at a time, is quite a challenge! But I'm a good sight reader, so that helps, both in playing and singing. My son is an awesome piano player, and I won't let him quit taking lessons; I keep telling him he'll thank me later. The other one plays guitar, which I can muddle through a few chords, and would like to learn better as I lead Sunday School music (and Pere has helped me out with that!).
I also sing in our traditional choir, and on our contemporary praise team, and this week am the song leader for Power Lab VBS. "Everybody come with me it's time to sing, about Jesus' power, all around me! We gotta let the whole world know that Jesus Christ is on the throne...."
And I'm a pretty awesome radio/CD player; I like anything I can sing along to! And like others on here - no rap allowed!
I play piano and keyboards. I have 2 synths and a digital piano. That way I can play with headphones in my condo and not bother my neighbors + the digital piano never needs tuning and is easy to move. I play some classical, jazz, folk-rock, and contemporary Christian music. I played with the church praise team for 5 years. We used to give a 1-1/2 hour coffee house concert every summer. Now, I have moved and don't play at church anymore. The church I go to has 5000 people and we have several studio quality keyboardists who routinely end up on CD's. I may find a place to play before long though.
As signified by my avatar, I'm a bass. In my current life, I've sang 2nd Bass with the Portland Symphonic Choir since 1992. We are the choir which the Oregon Symphony contracts with when they have parts of their season that require use of a choir. So, annually, we perform for at least two concert series with them. Most recently, that was doing Orff's "Carimina Burana". We have a season of our own, as well.
I sing with a mixed quartet at church, and on occasion with the choir... usually for special events. My schedule and my son's health prohibit me from being more involved.
I started playing the Bb Clarinet in grade school, and then the Eb Alto Clarinet and Bb Bass Clarinet. I was in the Stage Band as well, playing Baritone Sax. I hadn't played my clarinet in nearly 40 years, but recently had it re-padded and re-corked. A coworker is getting me fingering charts so that I can re-program my fingers to work correctly. I want to pick up playing again, as one thing on my bucket-list is to play in the One-More-Time-Around-Again Marching Band (google THAT one!), famous for its appearances in the Grand Floral Parade in the Portland Rose Festival. Its a truly impressive experience to either see and hear, or to march in, that band! My thought is that my musicianship has continued to improve greatly over the years through my choral music, and that much of that can be effectively transferred to playing a non-vocal instrument. Just the embrasure and finger articulation need the work.
What a cool question! I'm a musician who's actually making a living doing what I love. My full-time job is as Music Director/Organist at a wonderful ELCA congregation. I have a few part-time jobs as well (as most musicians do). I am Music Director/Organist at a Reformed Jewish Congregation and teach piano/voice/organ. I would have to say that my favorite hours of the week are those spent with my handbell ensembles! Looking for choir members if any of y'all want to move to SC.
Mostly I sing - alto as much as possible though I can reach most of the soprano range but I love harmony so that is what I want to sing. I have been told that I am pretty good. I have played in a bell choir. I learned to read music by playing the flute but it has been close to 35 years since I played flute regularly so I am not so good at reading the bass clef. I play at playing the keyboard but am probably at a third year level if that. I do like to compose songs sometimes, when the spirit moves me. Music has always been a gift of the Lord to me so I try to praise Him in song whenever possible. Recently I was able to join the choir at an LWML convention. What a great opportunity! To everyone - keep playing/singing!
I took piano lessons for eight years in elementary school and one year in college. I don't play all that well though. My pastor's wife was my teacher and I loved the hymns, so those were what I practiced most. I didn't do well with the other stuff. When I got to college, my old piano teacher taught piano there, and I got her for my teacher there! I can still play hymns for the old TLH pretty well and even a couple of them by heart.
I sang in church choir and high school and college choir, alto or second alto. I love singing!
I wanted to play drums once when I was about in 5th or 6th grade. I love it when the big booming bass drums come by in a parade and I feel the beat in my chest. After the first lesson, my mother decided it would take practice time away from the piano and made me quit. I know how to hold the sticks!
I love to listen to all kinds of music, classical, country, oldies, soft rock, blues, jazz, nothing hard or rap. I can't wait until tomorrow, it was alway a special day on the Fourth, my late husband and I always listened to the Boston Pops concert in Boston, "Pop Goes the Fourth".
One of the things that my conductors have taught in varying degrees and with a variety of examples is to subdivide the beat. Having a steady, constant, sub-pulse within your own body as the music is being rehearsed or performed helps to keep the tempo at the proper speed, and indeed, can contribute to one's ability to "rock-out" on any number of the classical gems. Consider The "Messiah"s "For Unto Us a Child Is Giv'n" subdivided into the 16th notes that the violins play.....
Da-ba-da-ba, da-ba-da-ba, etc....
I must admit, Diapason is one of the six stops on our one-manual, split-keyboard tracker organ. It even has an incomplete pedal-board and the manual coupler cuts out partway down the pedal-board.
That being said, I'm a violinist myself, and I can adequately cover viola, piano, and organ - although I need a bit more practice on the last one. I'm also the choir director and I do a fair amount of instrumental arranging and such.
By the way... I've got some cool jazz-inspired organ stuff. Can't think of the composer's name. You might find it interesting! (By the way - why diapason and not something more interesting like krummhorn?)
Vintage Tracker. I have played a couple of those in my life. I currently play a 13 rk. Wicks with a Principal 16 extension - but Diapason 16 sounded more fun as a handle. (No 16' pedal reed though). Besides, D16 does have a ring to it. My cousin Karli teaches violin and is awesome at it.
As you know, I am currently working on my master of church music in organ from Concordia - Wisconsin, and am writing my thesis on Prof. James Engel. I'm in the process of writing that now. Just got the official OK on July 2 I also compose organ and choral music and am published through Northwestern Publishing House in Milwaukee. Directing choirs always made me nervous, but I do have the knowledge. I would do it if my skills in that area were needed. Kenya, if you don't already have a profile, you should get one posted.
Hey, great to see all these musicians together!
I play piano, organ, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass clarinet, recorder, and a little bit of a few other things.
I teach music in SW Wisconsin (grades 3-12 of sorts) and am also a Music Therapist.
I really enjoy playing for weddings and church services!
Also sing Soprano, Alto, or Tenor (depends on who needs the extra voice!) in a couple of choirs here at my ELCA church.
Too bad we can't all get together to form a mass choir/band BEFORE we meet in the hereafter!
I've played handbells though my current church doesn't have any.
I can strum a few guitar cords but wouldn't want anyone to ask me to "perform" on it. Just for leading little children in singing!
I've been singing in various church and community choirs since 2nd grade. Actually my first solo was in Kindergarten in "The Bear that wanted to be a Bird." Those Lutheran school musicals were the best!
I sing contralto, but that doesn't fit in with the song's rhythm or rhyme, does it???
I wish I'd had voice training, but I was always embarrassed by my voice because I always thought it was too low and people would think I sounded like a boy. (My falsetto, by the way, has a very "boys' choir" timbre to it.) But one of my choirmates, who teaches voice, says that low girls' voices are actually very much sought-after. Oh, well...
THis is my first post on here and I couldn't help but respond. I having playing flute since I was 11 years old. I still play for church for special services. I also play alto saxophone. I learned in college and still play for alumni bands. And of course the piano.
My name is Sarah, I'm a single mom going to school to finish my degree in Music Education. I have played piano since I was three and loved almost every day of it. I can sort of play flute, piccolo, guitar, trombone, tuba, drums, viola, mandolin, bells, organ, bassoon and oboe. But my main instrument right now is my voice.
I started out in college focusing on piano, but after working so hard on lessons and practicing, I wasnżt enjoying it like I used to when I was younger. So I changed to voice lessons. I became a voice major when I was a junior and I love it. There are so many new things Iżm learning about my voice and I love the challenge of working my range and the different languages. My goal was to sing opera or musical theatre and be a performer, until I made a few sinful choices, which landed me with the best thing in my life. My son.
So. Now Iżm working toward being a music teacher. Iżm focusing on choir, but I have the ability to teach band if I must, but I do prefer the choral scene.
Thanks for the warm welcome!
I actually know how to play more instruments, but I don't really sound good enough on any of them to claim that I can actually play them, it's more like "able to make a sound". My brother is a professional Tuba Player and Contra Bass for choirs. My sister plays fiddle and guitar and my parents both played in bands when they were growing up. My other brother also plays guitar and drums. We all sing too, so music kind of runs in the family. I have written a couple songs, but just for piano and voice, and it's more like made up.... I only ever wrote down one.
I am sure you will find someone nice if you just hang in there, and your young son will just be a nice bonus for him.<
Thank you for the incouraging words. I have complete trust in God, that he will bring me a husband, but for now I just need some more Lutheran friends. There are a few in Oregon, but not a lot in my neck of the woods.
Welcome. Wow, a musician's musician - and from a musical family. Cool!!! My dad plays trumpet and sings Tenor/Bass. My cousin Karli plays violin, piano and guitar. My Aunt Clara plays the organ and piano but is rusty. Certainly not as musical as your family. If you don't already have a profile, you should create one. In any case, welcome.
When I was younger we used to go, as a family, to Nursing Homes and sing songs and play music for the elderly that lived there. I have this Readers Digest Song Book, which has a lot of oldies in it, and I mean oldies, like "Jack the Knife" "As Time Goes By" or "Dancing in the Dark" and a ton more like that. My mom would encourage me to play from that for them, because it was more of their kind of music.
I do have a profile! I think I'm listed under Shantzay, but I'm new at this kind of thing... so...
Hey, we have those books, and they are great! You remind me of my dad; he was a wonderful piano player, and could play just about any other instrument too. He always said if you could play piano, you could play anything. He was a terrible piano teacher though I'm struggling to learn as an adult. I play sax though, and play some tunes out of those old Reader's Digest books - Willow Weep for Me, God Bless the Child..... I do have his collection of instruments, a tenor, alto, clarinet (I can play all of those), trumpet, trombone, flute (not so much these), and the piano. My son plays, although more against his will these days, but I keep telling him he'll thank me one day. His teacher was having him playing out of one of those Reader's Digest books last spring. He thought it was too hard.
Like you, I've found voice to be so much more enjoyable! And you don't have to lug around a big old sax case.............
Thanks for the fatherly comparison... lol... I think that being a girl is my strong point, though. Thanks for the welcome.
Tell your son to look at some Rockmoninof, then he'll think that those song books are a breeze. Rockmoninof is my favorite composer, so compared to his music, all else seems simple. Of course I haven't played much lately because the place i'm at doesn't have a piano. sigh I miss just sitting down and playing.
Anyway, tanks for the welcome... I'm enjoying it already!
Ah Shantzay, I did found your profile now. For whatever reason, I didn't find it when I wrote the last note. You would be the sort of lady i'd like to date, but our age gap is very wide. Alas...
I just got back from playing for a Thursday Eve. Service. I played some Manz and Ziebell (little known composer) music tonight. I didn't play any Behnke or Kosche tonight, but they are two of my favorite composers. I'm on the bench again on Sunday.
I played parts of one of his partitas and a newer little ditty he wrote. Mr. Ziebell really needs to get some more stuff published, but I understand that he has other stuff on his plate right now. Lord's continued blessings.
Well, Shantzay.... from one side of Eden to the other, I bring you greetings! I absolutely love your neck of the woods. The advantage to mine is that next season my choir is performing Rachmaninov's "All Night Vespers", a two hour acapella work. Its one where the basses can really sing like basses!
Yeah, I'm a musician. I'm a vocal major (lyrical soprano, if you're interested in the difference) though, my last role was Ruth in the Pirates of Penzance..total alto,.I've got range. I play piano, have taken lots of theory courses, composed counterpoint. Been in handbell/church choirs years and years. I've competed in vocal competitions. Currently studying to be a conductor, done some of that, still trying to decide where the Lord would like my talents to best serve Him.
I play guitar, sing, and play handbells. Also can play clarinet/saxophone. I have written some songs and recorded them. here is the link to some of my songs: http://wittenbergtrail.ning.com/profile/TravisDoig. feel free to leave feedback. I want to learn to play keyboards/organ. Any suggestions for getting started?