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    Do u realise that percussionists are just rude, arrogant and really silly? Go to any website...classical or not...And while people are posting serious stuff, they post nonsense! But I find classical percussionists a whole lot better. What about u people? Or is it just me who feel this way? They are really uncouth, and are huge jerks. I hate the way they throw stupid comments into formal discussions. They think it's funny, but it's not. Sorry, no offense, But I'm sure not all the percussionists are like that. But having that destructive few is enouhj to spoil the day. :angry:

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    I know what you mean. I think the modern percussionists are like that because of the music they do with their "instruments": agressive, cold, if we are talking about that metal, rock..... You can't generalize that, there are always excerpts. This forum will be posted with classical percussionists of course. :P

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    Well.... It's interesting how people see one another. They think that they're cool and we're stuck up elites.
    On the other hand, we percieve ourselves as dignified, intelligent and matured beings, and them as animals....
    It's funny how one's self rescpect is treated as trash and stupidity by the other party... I wonder what the pop drummers are thinking of us right now. Hmmmm...

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    I know what you mean. Have any of you ever heard of Rob Dougan? He does a lot of music with orchestras and a solo drum combined. Just the orchestra and the drum. He did some of the Matrix music. Almost all of his songs are based on one very basic rythm though. You can listen to some of them on http://www.RobDougan.com/
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    He did some of the Matrix music. Almost all of his songs are based on one very basic rythm though.
    Wow! I love the matrix music.
    It's fantastic how one basic rhythmic pattern can develop into something so complex.
    The Complexity Theorem?

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    I agree with Daniel that percussionists (mainly in pop) are rude and insensitive because their music is. I mean , you pratice that kind of stuff day in day out, and you either become a rude, stupid person (if not to begin with) or you go nuts! I have seen better people among classical percussionists, for a fact.

    HAve you heard of "Bach On Wood" by Brian Slawson? He is a classical percussionist who got it into his head to play baroque pieces on various unusual percussion instruments (not modern ones&#33. I like orchestra better, but it still is interesting and funny.

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    HAve you heard of "Bach On Wood" by Brian Slawson? He is a classical percussionist who got it into his head to play baroque pieces on various unusual percussion instruments (not modern ones&#33. I like orchestra better, but it still is interesting and funny.
    Yes... I find it really amusing as well. It's good to see this kind of special arrangement sometimes. Destress.
    I think yr right about the knid of music that they play...I think for musicians...You are what u Play/listen...pretty much like One is what one eat. U agree?

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    [quote=Thomas,Jul 21 2004, 08:02 AM]
    Do u realise that percussionists are just rude, arrogant and really silly? Go to any website...classical or not...And while people are posting serious stuff, they post nonsense!

    I notice that too&#33; Wieeeeerd&#33;&#33;&#33; <_<
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    Ahaha...At leat now I know I&#39;m not the odd one out when it comes to sorting people.

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    I guess I&#39;ve met different percussionists. I never thought they were rude. In fact the valedictorian of my graduating class was a percussionist. The ones I have met are respectable musicians&#33; Of course I haven&#39;t met any on web forums. That may have a lot to do with it&#33; A person can act however they want to on a forum and not have the repercussions of people knowing what their face looks like.
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    A person can act however they want to on a forum and not have the repercussions of people knowing what their face looks like.
    Agree. But certainly not us. We have more self respect. And it&#39;s really rude ( besides being plain silly ) to throw nonsense in someone else&#39;s forum. It&#39;s very rude. :angry:
    I think it depends on the kind of people they hang out with also. Percussionists may play crap, but may not be crap, unless they hang out with crap. :angry:

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    To revive an old discussion, feel free to drop in....

    As a former percussionist myself (not a cellist ) I find that the stereotypes of percussionists (not to be confused with 'drummer') still remain to this day. They can't read music! They don't sight-read, they only improv!

    I'm glad, but also rather disappointed, that it takes someone who either knows one or more percussionists or years of music performance experience to realize that these stereotypes are not just sometimes true, but never entirely true! Personally, I can't understand why (or how) there would be any connection between personality and the instrument someone plays, regardless of how long they have played it.

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    I can't quite agree with you, Thomas. Now, I've never really gotten to know any classical percussionists, but, as a jazz/rock pianist, I've jammed with many jazz/rock drummers. With only a few rare exceptions, they've all been great people. I'm going to go with Rondo when he says that:

    I can't understand why (or how) there would be any connection between personality and the instrument someone plays, regardless of how long they have played it.
    Take a look at the Bandit's blog, Americana Avenue.

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    The [classical] percussionists at my uni are the most professional there (on average).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DW View Post
    Well.... It's interesting how people see one another. They think that they're cool and we're stuck up elites.
    On the other hand, we percieve ourselves as dignified, intelligent and matured beings, and them as animals....
    It's funny how one's self rescpect is treated as trash and stupidity by the other party... I wonder what the pop drummers are thinking of us right now. Hmmmm...
    That's absolutely true!

    But aside from that, however, I think it's also true that mostly they come from lower social
    class, I mean it's not just a stereotype that classical music listener have better education than them, because it takes more to be able to understand classical music.

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