Your favourite instrument of the Symphony Orchestra

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  1. __Vader__ Force Ghost

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    READ THE POST PEOPLE!! I said that your choices may include but are certainly not limited to...

    That list was just to jog the memories of people who couldn't remember off hand the instruments of the orchestra. There are plently of instruments not listed there. If I gave you a list to choose from, it would only spark debate of which instruments belong and which do not belong in the orchestra which is not the purpose of the thread.
  2. han_solo_321 Jedi Master

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    French Horn all the way! I play it in schooL!
  3. _Mark_Skywalker_ Jedi Padawan

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    I would have to say the clarinet and the violin are my favourite mainly because I like the quality of the sound that good players can produce on them.
  4. emupiett Jedi Knight

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    Since I play the trombone, I would have to say that it kicks the crap out of any other musical instrument. =>

    As a composer, however, I have an appreciation for all the instruments, but some of my favorites are the piccolo and the clarinet.
  5. Commander_Kayman Jedi Knight

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  6. Daniera_Kenobi Jedi Padawan

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    That's a really hard question to answer for me. Out of the woodwinds, I'd have to say bassoon because the timbre of the instrument is just so interesting. Being a brass player myself, I couldn't decide. I love all of the brass instruments for different reasons. In percussion, I'd have to say timpani. If I were a percussionist, timpani would be the one that I would most want to play. Out of the strings, I would have to say either viola or cello, with piano being the runner up. Overall, though, I have affection for all of the instruments. I could never pick just one favorite.
  7. Jedi-Washington Jedi Master

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    Yes, it is quite a shame that woodwinds have gone out of style. I honestly love them more than anything else in the orchestra mainly for their versatility. Stings can't play loud enough to have massive power behind them like horns (unless you have a lot of them, which is difficult to get together at my age composing wise), the brass can't play quiet very well without a loss of tone. You kinda have to compose around their dynamic limits. Woodwinds on the other hand can get quiet enough to be whisper, and anyone that's heard one of John Williams Piccolo Glissando's can attest to the ability for winds to soar above brass and strings.

    Honestly, every instrument has it's wonderful uses. Who ever said a strings section also has it correct. An orchestra is a wonderful arrangement of instruments that wouldn't be the same if even one voice was missing.

    ~JW
  8. vegaserik Jedi Padawan

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    Oh heck yeah .... The bone rules supreme! Especially since I also play it. hehe

    John Williams has some very nice low-brass parts in his scores. I wish I had gotten to play something interesting for most of my jr. high/high school career =)
  9. FurryDuck Jedi Master

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    Cello, but I play it so maybe I'm a bit biased. I also love the viola, and when there's a good violinist to go along with the violin, I like that too. Trombones and French Horns are also some of my favorites.
  10. Darth_Xizor Jedi Master

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    This thread fails at mentioning all mallet percussion. [face_frustrated]

    but i like Trombone best.... I'm biased because I play it though..

    I also like French Horn and just about any kind of mallet percussion, especially those big tubular bells. (Sound like church bells)
  11. __Vader__ Force Ghost

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    I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned percussion too. It seems that most people prefer the winds, and though I don't blame them, (they rock!) The percussion needs some love!
  12. DavidScJr Jedi Knight

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    I'm a percussionist so I have to say... the woodwinds... :) But only because we are usually oriented behind violins or low brass... and we always get those evil stares after loud passages. I played with the NJSO for two seasons and after every loud passage, the Tuba and Bones would turn and stare us down like we were city-folk in the deep south!

    So, aside from percussion, the woodwinds are my favorite.
  13. Laine_Snowtrekker Force Ghost

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    Bass clarinet, closely followed by the clarinet.

    Um, I'm biased, but yeah, I love the first, and like the second. Play the first regularly, second rarely--right now, this weekend, a whole lot!
  14. Robi-Wan Force Ghost

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    Strings. Love the strings in the Spider-Man theme by Danny Elfman.
  15. Forever_Padawan Jedi Knight

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    Xylophones are brilliant... I wish I had a really BIG xylophone! Their sound is so clear, I don't know why the aren't used more than they already are. But what category of instrument are they?
  16. andy1044 Jedi Grand Master

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    Pitched percussion
  17. BobaFrank Jedi Youngling

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    My favorite is the OBOE, TRUMPET, TROMBONE, TIMPANI, AND VIOLIN. Sorry, can't pick just one.
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