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« on: January 26, 2020, 11:44:41 AM »
Greetings from warm, tropical Panamá.  I'm inside for a nice agua de pipa (fresh coconut juice) and check to see what you all are up to.  Then, back to the garden to harvest leeks for an outstanding dinner tonight (my Serbian wife is preparing another chef d'oeuvre). 

I'm curious about the instrumental demographics of this group (in terms of primary instrument).  Mostly keyboards?  Are there any guitarists (other than myself), double bass, hurdy gurdy  ;), trumpet players?  I hope this question isn't inappropriate, just a means of me getting to know the compose forum proletariat better....

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Re: Demographics
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2020, 01:36:15 PM »
I am primarily a woodwind player who can (or least in my younger days could) pretend to play some piano.
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Re: Demographics
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2020, 02:35:59 PM »
I was a guitar player, trained as a jazz guy but mostly did pop gigs of various genres, but I haven’t touched one in many years now. I played the drums in my youth (and wasn’t bad for a self-taught teen)  and dabbled in a number of other instruments over the years - flute, soprano sax, bass, clarinet - but was never serious about any of them or in any way accomplished. At one point I had some very rudimentary piano skills, but those days are long gone now too. I guess now I play the mouse and keyboard.
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Re: Demographics
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2020, 04:46:06 PM »
Oboe with very basic piano.



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Re: Demographics
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2020, 07:29:18 PM »
I play the piano -- have since I was about 12.  I played clarinet in school bands, but haven't touched one in close to 45 years. 



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Re: Demographics
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2020, 06:14:34 AM »
"Finale composer" here! Though I have a midi keyboard and use it to invent/develop melodies/motifs, no real playing skills!



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Re: Demographics
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2020, 10:53:33 AM »
Double Bass player here.  I've been playing with school orchestras and amateur groups since I was 12 years old.



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Re: Demographics
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2020, 12:58:17 PM »

I started playing euphonium at the age of 11 in a local school wind band. Moved on to community/ amateur bands where I eventually converted to Bassoon.

Wind band/ brass band is where my heart is.   :)

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Re: Demographics
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2020, 06:42:16 AM »
I've payed the piano on and off over the years, but started taking lessons again a few years ago.

I also still have the flute I played in HS and College.
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Re: Demographics
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2020, 02:03:42 PM »
Late to the game: Way too busy with getting my house ready to sell and looking to build a retirement house. Fun stuff, but it keeps me off the forum.

Saxophone. I own tenor, bass, alto, and soprano, and I listed in order of frequency in playing them.

Have also played bass clarinet, and took piano lessons from ages 9-13ish.  Current piano skills are minimal.
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Re: Demographics
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2020, 10:32:41 AM »
Jazz piano since the age of 15.
Soprano and tenor recorders, though not recently.
Trumpet for a couple of years, but never developed much proficiency.
Bass guitar for a couple of years.
Owned drums as a sideline, but rarely played gigs.
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