Musical Bees

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
10906 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Orion:  I don’t play an instrument (I did in elementary school and the early portion of junior high school), but I do sing, and so does DH and all of my stepchildren (and for the two who are married, so do their spouses.) Music is an enormous part of our lives.

Post # 5
1134 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@Orion:  I’m a flute player, have been playing since middle school (I’m 23 now, so about 13 years). I can also play guitar and bass, and a bit of clarinet and saxophone (fingerings for sax are nearly identical to the flute). My FH is an amazing pianist who has been playing since age 4 (!!!), and he can play the organ as well although it’s not his preferred instrument. Both of us have Bachelor of Music degrees and we are in the process of becoming teachers.

In university, I took a class on orchestration and arranging, and now I arrange a lot of music for various local groups in the area, mostly classical music that is domain free and a lot of my arrangements are done for schools. I’ve also played flute at countless weddings and other events over the last 5 or 6 years, mostly through word of mouth. Some clients are hard to deal with, but most are good.

FH and I play together a lot at home. Lots of solo flute music requires piano accompaniment, and he is my built in piano player :). At home we have a piano, two flutes (one soprano and one alto), 4 guitars, 2 basses, lots of percussion toys, some recorders, and a xylophone. Both of us teach privately to children and adults at the moment (FH teaches piano and I teach flute).

I wish my family was musical. My parents don’t play instruments and neither does my brother although he has perfect pitch (he is autistic and this is common among autistic people). They don’t understand or appreciate music as much as I do…

Post # 6
1253 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I sing, but I’m limited because I cannot play instruments and sing at the same time, so I always need accompaniment. Here’s a nice, old sample:

@Orion:  That was lovely! I think uke covers just have such a charming sound to them, and yours was really cute!

Post # 8
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@Orion:  I am a classically trained singer which most people don’t know. I have taken voice lessons since I was about 12 years old. I have been in choirs, chorales and traveling groups all my life until a few years ago. Singing is my life. I wish I had majored in music but my family didn’t really support that as a profession.

I played the flute and piano in elementary and middle school but haven’t played since highschool.

Post # 9
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I am a professional singer.  I make my living performing classical, choral, chamber and oratorio works.  I’ve studied voice all my life and my degrees are in Voice Performance.  Singing has always been my greatest joy, and the closest thing in my world to being spiritual.  My fiance is a jazz pianist and composer and though I’m a classical singer and he’s a jazz musician (vastly different worlds, different personalities in the two groups, different subcultures) it is so wonderful to be able to come home at night and look at a score together or talk about a rehearsal or performance and have the other person understand everything you are saying about your art.    

Post # 10
1134 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@Orion:  Heh, yeah. This is a very musical house and I’d like to keep it that way! Any future children will be encouraged to learn an instrument, since music plays a vital role in child development! I will let them gravitate to it – I think if they see mom and dad playing instruments they will want to try them out too.

There are parents who push their kids into music. And by “push” I mean like Tiger Mom/Dad kind of pushing. I have a couple of students right now who are maybe 10 years old, and they’re not at all interested in the flute. Not one bit. But they do it to please their parents. It’s a waste of everyone’s time and effort.

Post # 11
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013


Music Major here 🙂

My main instrument is flute, but I also play piano, guitar, and bari sax pretty well. I play the rest of the instruments a bit as well 🙂

Post # 13
1965 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I play the piano and guitar.

I cannot sight read however. Everything i play is by ear. I can read music though just not sight read if you know what i mean!

My piano is currently at my parents house as we didnt have room for it hear. I have now created a space.

I am hoping my daughter ends up being musical like me and my father and my father in law. Shes already loves banging on the keys when at my mums so there is hope!

Post # 14
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I play the piano, cello and violin, but I’m not great at any of them (best at the cello between the three).  I’m not actually musically inclined, just chinese with really pushy parents.

Post # 15
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Orion:  I played the trumpet from 4th grade to 12th. I haven’t really touched it since then, but I believe I could pick it back and up and still have at least some skill. I remember the scales and everything

Post # 16
6958 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Orion:  I’ve played piano since I was 7. I sing, though I’m not in any choirs now. I play a little guitar too. Of course, currently my piano is at my father’s house & my guitar is in need of new strings. 

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