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The Trombone ForumPractice BreakPolls(Moderators: bhcordova, RedHotMama, BFW) Are you professional, amateur, high schooler, or beginner?
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Question: Are you a Professional, amateur, high schooler or beginner (or not at all) trombone player?
Pro - play for a living
Amateur - play in gigs, but not for a living
College Student - participates in a college band of any sort
High Schooler - play in a high school
Beginner - just started
Quitter?  Don't play, but still hang at the forum
Return Trombone Players - pretty self explanatory
Semi-pro - paid for gigs, but with a regular wage from another source

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« on: Jan 02, 2009, 07:06PM »

I got this from a post earlier titled:  How we talk about our fellow players on this forum

I was wondering what the ratio was to professional players

Give info on what you are and find out the statistics!  It should be interesting
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 02, 2009, 07:08PM »

College student??
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 02, 2009, 07:15PM »

Amature.... is that a mis-spelled armature, for those of us who really get wrapped up in these things, or or of amateur, based on the latin verb "to love?"  :D
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 02, 2009, 07:15PM »

BTW----the word is "amateur" from the French.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 02, 2009, 07:21PM »

BTW----the word is "amateur" from the French.

Sorry, I havn't gotten to the amateur stage yet.  When I do, I probably will learn how to spell it.  Thanks

Fixed it
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 02, 2009, 07:31PM »

Though I do love a good collage, I can't quite say that I study them...
...thanks anyway.
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 02, 2009, 07:35PM »

Spellings are fixed.  OK, folks, back to the topic.
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 02, 2009, 07:40PM »

You forgot the most important question: are you a musician?
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 02, 2009, 07:45PM »

is it possible to start the poll over for those of us who quit in the past - yes I marked quitter.
but wants to try it again?

returning or restarting or something?

could we also link this somehow so when someone joins the forum, they have the opportunity, please note I did not say requirement, of participating in the poll?
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 02, 2009, 07:50PM »

I guess I would call myself an amateur or a musical dilettante I play a lot in my local Community Band and their Jazz group. I will also spring to attend any of several "Band Camps" that are in existence. My enthusiasm more than makes up for my lack of virtuosity. 
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« Reply #10 on: Jan 02, 2009, 07:54PM »

is it possible to start the poll over

Or - how about "beginner didn't just start, but play in gigs but am still so stoked about playing that I always have to put quote marks around gig" - as in, I can't believe they let me play in these "gigs"?

Thanks for doing this poll, I almost responded to the thread that preceded it but it got so ridiculous that I just decided to bystand that one.

Michelle, "will always be an amateur or a beginner, I still don't know which"
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« Reply #11 on: Jan 02, 2009, 08:13PM »

heh I'm in high school, but not playing in high school.
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« Reply #12 on: Jan 02, 2009, 09:45PM »

Or - how about "beginner didn't just start, but play in gigs but am still so stoked about playing that I always have to put quote marks around gig" - as in, I can't believe they let me play in these "gigs"?

Thanks for doing this poll, I almost responded to the thread that preceded it but it got so ridiculous that I just decided to bystand that one.

Michelle, "will always be an amateur or a beginner, I still don't know which"


I don't think they should be talking about drinking and beer. 

Think of how many kids look up to these people and hear them talking about beer.  What a great rolemodel

Thanks for keeping it G on this post
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« Reply #13 on: Jan 03, 2009, 03:58AM »

I think we need another category - semi-professional. I tend to regard the term "amateur" as describing someone who plays just for pleasure and does not get paid for it. A professional, of course, is someone who tries to pay the mortgage entirely from gig fees.

As a semi-professional, I get paid, sometimes quite well, for gigs, but happily I also have a monthly wage to take the worry out of things!
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 03, 2009, 04:21AM »

You forgot the most important question: are you a musician?
Good!
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« Reply #15 on: Jan 03, 2009, 05:47AM »

I don't think they should be talking about drinking and beer. 

Think of how many kids look up to these people and hear them talking about beer.  What a great rolemodel

Who shouldn't be talking about beer, and what does that have to do with this topic?  Don't know
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« Reply #16 on: Jan 03, 2009, 06:10AM »

I am a horrible, rank, bad, amateur trombone operator who has never played three consecutive measures of music in his life, and whose opinion should never be valued in internet discussions on trombones, trombone playing, music, or anything else related to this website.
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« Reply #17 on: Jan 03, 2009, 06:14AM »

beginner
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« Reply #18 on: Jan 03, 2009, 06:17AM »

I think we need another category - semi-professional.

There's a whole set of possible categories.  Not all people I'd consider professionals make most of their income from performing on a single instrument, or from performing at all, or even from music.
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« Reply #19 on: Jan 03, 2009, 06:40AM »

Well, wouldn't that count as semi-pro?
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