seeing how this group is about discussing orchestral music, I assume that at least a few of you play an instrument - or even more than one. As the sub-title suggests, I got the idea from "Sound! Euphonium". There is an episode in which the protagonists try to figure out what the best part about playing the tuba is - all in an attempt to motivate their friend who questions her role in the school's orchestra.
When you decided to start playing your instrument, what was the main reason for you to pick that exact one? How do you feel playing that instrument now? What do you love about it, what do you probably even hate about it? Feel free to be creative with your answers!
As for myself, I learned how to play the violin, the piano and the organ. Even though I technically never really learned how to play it (at least until today), I also want to include the flugelhorn.
Being the first instrument I wanted to play, it's only fair if I start with the violin today. What can -or rather, can't - you say about this instrument? It can produce light-hearted, playful runs, almost unhearable harmonics, mlancholic melodies, driving accents... Whatever you want the violin to do, it can play it. (With very few exceptions, of course.) It does a great job as a solo instrument or a choir, it is easy to transport, not that hard to learn, but exceptionally difficult to master... This list could go on forever.
After a few years I started to play the violin more and more rarely though, mainly because I was kind of afraid of the strings' tension. Having to tune this instrument by adding tension to the strings every time I wanted to play it... Not really my cup of tea. Still, I love playing it when I do, and I wish that this never changes.
If you asked anyone for the instrument with the best abilities to make complex music all by itself, the chances of that person picking the piano would be pretty high, so it's no surprise that the piano is one of the most popular instruments of all. Well, I can't help but feel the same. Few other instruments are nearly as satisfying to play alone as the piano is, and between Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Beethoven's Hammerklaviersonate there are infinite amounts of pieces for just about everyone who wants to try his hands on the piano's 88 keys.
Seeing how a piano is pretty difficult to transport, you often have to switch instruments when going anywhere. I think it always is a great and fun challenge to get used to a piano you haven't played before, as every one of them is unique - which is good, just the way it should be.
Oh, did I say that the piano is difficult to transport? Forget that part again - we're talking about the organ now. Being named the "Queen of Instruments" for a reason, no instrument says "royal" or "grand" like the organ does. At first glance one might think that anything the piano can do, the organ can do better, but that's not the case. Despite their similarities in the way you play them, those two are completely different instruments.
I admit that I originally started to play the piano so I could get to the organ later, mainly because my legs were just too short when I wanted to start. I could talk about the organ a lot now, but let's face it - whoever does not love the organ either never heard one being played properly or just isn't a fan of her sound (which is totally fine, of course).
If it was for me, this last part would have been about the French horn, but since I don't own one, I can't really write about it. I do own an old flugelhorn - or kuhlohorn, to be precise - though and recently started playing it (more or less).
What I love about the horn instruments especially is the sound they produce when being played softly. Seriously, just listen to the horn solos in An Alpine Symphony or the beginning of the Haensel und Gretel overture if you don't know what I am talking about.
Ich denke, also spinn' ich.