'Simple Gifts' Aaron Copland
20 October 2015, 17:15
Music lessons were hard, right? Here are some of the things that have lodged in our brains like bow rosin in a violin case.
1. Insane recorder confidence
“I can play two recorders with my nose, look!” Of course you can, mate. Of course you can. Oh, you actually can.
2. Frère Jacques
Brother Jack, if only you know you were responsible for one of the most infuriating and inane songs of all time… Ding, dang and, indeed, dong.
3. That one precocious kid who nailed absolutely every instrument
Stand down, geek.
4. Pachelbel’s Canon in D
A special chamber of hell is reserved for the sound of a children’s string orchestra playing this piece.
5. Making jokes about G-strings
Bonus points if you can get the teacher to say it.
6. Unending scales
Yeah, yeah, they’re good for you in the long run… but who on earth ENJOYS playing a scale?
7. School choir rehearsals
“OK, this side of the room is group 1. The other side is group 2. WHY CAN’T YOU SING IN HARMONY?!”
8. This book
Book 2 is clearly the superior volume.
9. The insatiable urge to spin a cello on the spot
So balletic. So dangerous.
10. Bow rosin
It’s sticky, it’s orange, it smells weird, and it will coat the inside of your violin case forever.
11. That one time when you all actually sounded really awesome
Remember that? No?