If you've been sitting around your apartment trying to think of ideas for your next urban art project, why not put together an orchestra band? Orchestras are a lot of work to assemble and involve many different instruments and talents, so imagine people's surprise when there's a random orchestra playing in the park near their homes? If you're thinking of forming your own orchestra or of joining an orchestra, here are the four essential sections and some instruments you will need to join with your piano or keyboard sound good as a modern orchestra.
There are many different woodwind instruments, each with its own unique sound from the high pitches tones of the tiny piccolo to the booming bass of the contrabassoon, you'll want a range of woodwinds to expand your orchestra's sound palate. So if you know a Coquitlam dentist who plays alto saxophone in his spare time, sign him up! In addition to those three instruments, you'll also want to consider flutes, oboes, English horns, clarinets, and bassoons.
With so many kids playing on drum kits these days, you would think it would be easy to find some people for your percussion sections, but precious few Canadian artists have a good grasp on the instruments needed for a real orchestra percussion section. There are the common timpani, snare, and bass drums as well as cymbols, but you might also need more unusual instruments such as the tam tam, glockenspiel, xylophone, marima, vibraphone, or wood block. You might even augment this section with unusual instruments like oil drums or empty buckets.
The brass section tends to be the smallest in an orchestra but it's often the loudest as its instruments are huge, resonant things that can be heard all over Junction Triangle. Essential components in an orchestra brass section include horns, trumpets in various keys, trombones (tenor and bass) a euphonium, and of course a tuba. If you want to be experimental, you can also throw in some interesting additions like bottles to blow across the top of or glasses to rub the rim of.
The strings are the instruments that wring the emotion out of listeners, so your orchestra can't do without them. To properly score your piece about executive search firms in Toronto you'll want to drum up some harps, and at least a dozen each of violins, violas, and violoncellos as well as eight or ten double basses. The high numbers are needed so that the strings are not drowned out by the booming brasses or the thundering percussion.
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