Julianne

Life As A Musician


The Alto Saxophone: My Passion

Music has always been a huge part of my life. From 4th grade up until my senior year I played the alto saxophone in my school's band. I participated in the concert band, jazz ensemble, pep band, and pit orchestra. I loved every concert, football game, musical, and performance I've ever played. My favorite memory as a musician would have to be my trip to New York City with the jazz ensemble my senior year. We performed at B.B. King's Jazz Club and as the lead saxophonist I had many solos in which I had to improvise. When we performed we actually had an audience of locals who really enjoyed our band. I swear to this day it was the best performance I have ever played!

The Piano

I started learning the piano in middle school. A friend started teaching me "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles using both hands and I loved it. I can also play "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay and "Colorblind" by The Counting Crows. Both of these songs require two hands. It's really hard to play with two hands so for other songs I usually just resort to one. The best thing about playing the piano is playing modern music. The notes on the piano are easy to learn and memorize. With my ability to read music, I can play any song on the piano. My two favorite song books that I own are Imagine Dragons and the Twilight Soundtrack Song Book.

The Guitar and The Kalimba

I got a guitar when I was 8 and took lessons for about a year. Guitar is my least favorite instrument because it can be very frustrating. Having small hands, I found it hard to hold down chords and strum at the same time. The reason I mention it, is because when I do learn something that isn't too hard to play, it's so much fun! My favorite genre of music is rock, so its my favorite thing to play on the guitar! Another instrument that's fun to play is The Kalimba, also known as a thumb piano. The kalimba is a series of metal keys that are fixed to a wooden trapezoidal box. To play this instrument, you would hold it in your hands and pluck the keys with your thumbs. The only disadvantage of the kalimba, is it can only be played in one key. To play in a different key, you have to tune the metal keys to fit that key. The kalimba is similar to the piano as it is easy to learn and memorize the notes. I love playing the Harry Potter theme as well as "Decode" by Paramore on the kalimba!
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