~Instrument Astrology~
posted 1 day ago + 613,537 notes — via theanonymousbibliophile, © skypevevo








This was recorded by the Portsmouth Sinfonia in an experiment where all the members of the orchestra would swap instruments with each other and attempt to play them to the best of their ability.

favorite things about this

  • literally all the brass starts to get the hang of it and then the crescendos happen and everyone is like JUST. BLOW RLY HARD.
  • the strings are lazy but also the same. like u can tell a lot of the ppl w/ the stringed instruments may already basically know how to play stringed instruments. like there’s definitely a section at the beginning where you hear a good portion going “oh yeah this is like. a smaller/bigger version of what i do.”
  • all you hear of any woodwinds is just “pffffttt??? pFFFTTTT???? PFFFFFTTTT I SAID PFFFFTTTT!!!!!” bc woodwinds are HARD and you hear after like the first crescendo half of them just give up. they give up. they’re done. curse this it tastes weird and my lips hurt.
  • that trumpet. that person is TRYING man they GOT this. they may not have figured out notes but they figured out LOUD and they GOT this.




posted 2 days ago + 1,035 notes — via murderousmarchingbandblog, © justbrass


The brass band I am playing in have the coolest t-shirt EVER!!!!

You’ll know when you’re kissing a Horn player, THAT’S for sure.

"How do you know when you’re kissing a Horn player?… WHERE HE PUTS HIS HANDS"

#other admins feel free to delete this post #this is a terrible and potentially offensive here #but it was a band thing and I haven't posted anything here in forever #I don't even know how to respond to any of the asks #and I feel like I've been a bad admin #I'm sorry #tags by Jon

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posted 2 weeks ago + 8 notes
Anonymous → Is it possible for someone to pick up and learn a string instrument without having lessons? (I have a long piano background and also play the oboe) I've always wanted to try to play a stringed instrument.

It’s possible, and if you’re just doing it for fun then you might as well grab a beginner book (like they’d use in a elementary/middle school setting) and teach yourself. Lots of people would disagree with me on this, but I really don’t see any harm in self learning an instrument for your own recreation.

But if you ever decide to play seriously, you’re going to have accidental bad habits from being self taught that you’ll have to unlearn. So, be ready for that.

posted 2 weeks ago + 36 notes
Anonymous → From the international association of cellists: we would like to officially welcome you to the wonderful world of cello playing. Be ready for the initiation phase: this involves mood swings, rosin dust, callouses and several life lessons involving snapped c-strings and lacerations to the face. Soon after will follow the unbridled sense of rage towards Pachelbel - don't fight it. What he did to us with Canon in D was unforgivable. Also, try not to impale a foot on your spike - those things hurt.
#thank you #i wanted to leave this in its perfection #without commenting

posted 2 weeks ago + 13 notes
Anonymous → what are all the instruments you play?

Instruments I play well:




instruments I am mediocre at:


-piano (required course. I have to pass a piano proficiency exam next year)

instruments I picked up yesterday:

-cello *

*formal lessons


Then I’m the one-trick pony of the group, I can only play trombone. -Jon

posted 2 weeks ago + 1 note
ms-superwholockiverse → Can you play Let It Go on the ukulele then post a vid of it? I think that would be awesome.

Possibly, but not for another week or two. I just moved into college and my ukulele is at home (wasn’t sure I’d have room for it, but I do). So when I go home Friday, I’ll bring it back with me. :)

posted 3 weeks ago + 9 notes
Anonymous → Sometimes I feel like playing all the musical instruments in this world but I can't sigh you feel my pain?

Yeah I feel this.
My personal weakness lies in brass instruments. I want to play everything, but then I’m like “nah man. Brass.”

Brass is amazing and sounds fantastic, don’t misunderstand, but the embouchures are just so darned uncomfortable to me that I’ll probably never touch them after I don’t have to.

posted 3 weeks ago + 8 notes
Anonymous → I have been playing clarinet since I was 11-12 years old. I mostly just did sports then, so I didn't take my clarinet serious AT ALL (seriously, I never practised), until I ditched all my sporty activities and I really began to take my clarinet seriously, which was about 3 years ago. I am 18 now and I am actually considering to start playing bassoon, but am I too old to start learning it? I am not nearly as good at clarinet as I would like to be, because of my past neglect. What do you think?

You’re never ever too old to start learning an instrument. Heck, I’m 18 too and I picked up viola a few months ago.

But bassoon is a TOUGH instrument, I’ll warn you. You should only go through with it if you’re really serious about learning it. Double reeds are difficult and frustrating. But if it’s something you really want to do, then do it. Otherwise you’ll regret it for the rest of your life.

The worst that could happen by trying it is that you won’t like it and you’ll quit. Which is better than regretting not trying it.

posted 3 weeks ago + 3 notes
thatturtlegirlanna → I recently started playing oboe again after about a 2 year hiatus (I used to be very good). I auditioned for my college and got cut from the wind ensemble and placed in orchestra instead. I'm really enjoying orchestra, but I want to make wind ensemble next year. What should I do to prove to the director of bands that I'm good enough?

This is another odd question to me, because everywhere I ever was they put the better wind players in orchestra. Are you positive it’s a demotion?

But with the understanding that not everywhere is the same, here’s my advice. Keep practicing to get up to where you once were. Get used to the instrument again and it will come back to you. It’s always frustrating to come back to something after a break, and while you were on hiatus the other oboists weren’t and were improving. This gap is not impossible to overcome, as it might be for someone who was starting from scratch. Accept that you’ll need time to get back to where you once were, but if you give your oboe some TLC it will come back to you and you’ll start to improve and get better again.