Stereotying musicians - Funny

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Postby Tranquillo » Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:55 pm

This is a silly game that me and a few friends of different instruments play. We stereotype instrumentalists according to their personally.

I'd like to chip in by saying that pianists are very humble creatures. They accompany many other instrumentalists and singers and seem to be happy to take the secondary role whist the instrumentalist is the star. Pianists are often the intellects, they can read two clefs - the treble and Bass, unlike any instrument. At the same time, pianists, if they don't take part in ensemble work they can tend to be lonely animals ... hours of lonely practice can neglect a pianist to know how to communicate when working in an ensemble. Other than that pianists seem to be everywhere ... pianists have it easy when doing theory and understanding the concept of pitch.
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Postby jenscott90 » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:18 pm

I'll play along....

Organists tend to have the same capabilities as pianists, only are MORE intelligent (having many more knobs and buttons to understand), MORE coordinated (must use feet as well, for the pedals) and MORE lonely, sitting up in the church balcony every Sunday for the past 15 years because no one else knows how to play correctly! ha ha!!

Organists are also much better at socializing...they are just SMOOOOOOTH because that's how they must play!!! The men are extremely good at getting dates for the same reason. ;)

Beyond those fantastic qualities, they can be somewhat hollow and grandiose, especially those that play large pipe organs, although we all know size is of no importance whatsoever.

Just in case anyone wonders...I am a flutist, pianist and vocalist. I play the organ periodically but not well, so none of the above applies to me, sadly.




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Postby Dr. John Zeigler - PEP Ed » Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:54 am

For a rather interesting and fun take on this topic of stereotypes generally, listen to the old Simon and Garfunckel song, At the Zoo. This sets stereotyping in the zoo:

"The elephants are kindly, but they're dumb
Orangutans are skeptical of changes in their cages"

It goes on at some length like that. :)

As for musicians, I think that I can see differences with more analytical types like scientists, but would hesitate to say that there are differences between musician types (as opposed to individual differences). I would hazard the observation that pianists might have a broader appreciation of ensemble playing than other musicians, simply because they must constantly provide both melody and accompaniment themselves and must deal with each switching hands. This may help explain why most conductors and composers are pianists by training.
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Postby Tranquillo » Wed Sep 03, 2008 8:05 am

Dr. John Zeigler - PEP Editor wrote:For a rather interesting and fun take on this topic of stereotypes generally, listen to the old Simon and Garfunckel song, At the Zoo. This sets stereotyping in the zoo:

"The elephants are kindly, but they're dumb
Orangutans are skeptical of changes in their cages"

It goes on at some length like that. :)

As for musicians, I think that I can see differences with more analytical types like scientists, but would hesitate to say that there are differences between musician types (as opposed to individual differences). I would hazard the observation that pianists might have a broader appreciation of ensemble playing than other musicians, simply because they must constantly provide both melody and accompaniment themselves and must deal with each switching hands. This may help explain why most conductors and composers are pianists by training.

Never saw it in that light! ... Yes, I guess ensemble work would be an area that pianists appreciate.

Many pianists work as vocal coaches and ... its interesting after reading Brain Castle-Onion book "Losing the Plot in Opera" here is what he had to say about being a vocal coach ...

"working like a vocal coach is a bit like being a psychologist. A lot of time is spent chatting, listening to the singer vent their anger at whatever is going wrong in their life and enduring the depressions when the voice is not responding as desired. At the end of the day the coach feels emotionally and psychologically exhausted!"

This made me laugh, goodness poor pianists.

I love your Organist remark! Goodness ... I might add -
Organists have the most nimble feet, they can win a game of hopskotch and run faster than a cheetah ... ten pedals ... two feet ... talk about a work out for the legs!

Maybe you'd like to add to my singer theory. (I'm a vocalist too)
Singers have the biggest heads ... they are ego maniacs. They love people grovelling them and if people don't grovel then much of their time is spent asking "I don't think I have a nice voice, ... do you think I have a good voice" ... they are hungry for flattering remarks, if you were to tell them to perform they most probably would ... they just like being pampered and they love hearing comments, praises of being a star. Vocalists work with pianists many times and many other musicians, they as Brain Castles says love talking about their private lives which are inseperable to their careers.

Singers have fragile instruments very tempermental, just as they are very tempermental in personaility. On the opposite end pianists have their specialised benches to sit on and listen to the vocalist belt out their miseries.
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Postby Tranquillo » Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:34 am

I love reading these remarks ... Jen ... I always get the image that pianists are the quite reserved ones ... very mature as well ... but you say that organists are sociable, at the same time you see organist as enhancements of pianist so would you say that a pianist is quite?
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