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Orchestral Personalities

Discussion in 'Bass Humor [DB]' started by bejoyous, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. bejoyous


    Oct 23, 2005
    London, Ontario
    If you've heard Garisson Keiler's Young Luthern's guide to the Orchestra" you've probably noticed that certain players of certain instrument usually have a personality trait.

    What have you noticed?
  2. HumanClay


    Dec 19, 2005
    huge ego trumpet players!
  3. Violinists tend to be very competitive.
  4. Bass players tend to be very inebriated.
  5. HumanClay


    Dec 19, 2005
    cellists are often very meloncholy
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Is that getting depressed by eating too many melons!!?? ;)
  7. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
  8. mje


    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    There were a pair of sisters in my high school who played the harp- we called them the Harp Sisters. One played the cello, too. Very popular, they were. And anyone who's played in an orchestra knows what they say about these two instruments....
  9. Lutheran
  10. I notice first violins are preppy/hot/cool happy people, soconds are quiet trying not to get noticed. Violas are stuck up around other violist and cello's are focust/sad and basses are laid back show offs. If that makes sense.
  11. anthem274


    Jul 19, 2003
    Arlington, TX
    Violins are obsessive-compulsive.
    Violas are usually geniuses.
    Cellos are about as snooty as violinsts, but share some bass-like behavior qualities outside of rehearsal.
    Basses are typically pranksters.
  12. lol true
  13. IME, violists have less self-confidence.

    And girl bass players, while there is nothing wrong at all (don't get offended for me even thinking that way, ok?), but IME have a distasteful dominant personality.

    Guy violin players tend to be like guy trumpet players, full of confidence and ego, while girl violin players tend to be observant and more reserved IME.
  14. mje


    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    I could give you a couple of strong counter examples, but not without inviting a libel suit ;-)

    Violin soloists all tend to be rather self-posessed. First violins can be a bit smug. Second violins are either relaxed, self assured people, or full of anxiety and doubt about not being first violinists. Violists know they could be violinists if they really wanted to.

    It's often said that a string quartet is composed of a good violinist, a bad violinist, an ex-violinist, and a person who hates violinists, all getting together to complain about composers.
  15. GirlBass


    Jul 31, 2005
    New York
    That wasn't very nice. YOU BETTER APOLOGIZE OR I'LL MAKE YOU APOLOGIZE!! j/k. :D

    we're not all so bad. Maybe we feel like we have to compensate for our lack of burly machoness.
  16. Scott McC

    Scott McC

    May 13, 2006
    This could be taken the wrong way, but most female bass players I have seen were offensively attractive and annoyingly good. I think we need more. No body really has more bottem end than a lady:)
  17. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    You started off so well...
  18. Scott McC

    Scott McC

    May 13, 2006
    My apologies. The door opened. I am always learning about discretion.
  19. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
  20. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Isn't there a parable about a war being started due to a misplaced comma?

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