Who are your greatest musical influences?

 

On a historical standpoint, the composer that influences me the most is Beethoven, whose 5th symphony I have gone so far as to inspire my own 1st after. Beethoven was, the way I see it, the Classical version of an experimentalist, which I always admire and try to exhibit in myself. I also take a lot of inspiration from John Williams, famous movie composer of themes that are now cultural icons in themselves. I enjoy Williams’ use of the “Modern Orchestra”. In composing, I try to combine the Classical era with the Modern era, and often, it’s really combining Beethoven and Williams. Naturally I am also inspired by contemporary and peer composers, and people like Mark Summer and Yo-Yo Ma, who I also consider modern experimentalists, on cello.

 

Why are you passionate about the cello?

 

The Cello is perhaps the most versatile instrument in the orchestra. It has one of the largest ranges, capable of 4 octaves practically and 5 extended, giving it a great...

Who are your greatest musical influences?

 

Van Halen, Dire Straits, Joe Satriani, Bach, Chopin, Blind Guardian, Epica

 

Why are you passionate about the cello?

 

I've been playing guitar for about 26 years and wanted to learn the cello a long time ago but always put it off. So now I want to make up for lost time. I think the cello is one of the most beautiful sounding instruments and a terrific instrument for solo performances.

 

What are your musical goals and aspirations?

 

To be able to play competently and produce sounds that are enjoyable to listen to. I'd like to be have a decent repertoire of classical and Celtic music and also be able to improvise and play popular TV/Movie/Video Game theme songs. I'd like to play in a quartet as some point just for fun.

 

How long have you been playing?

 

Tell a little about your background in music as well as life…Cello about 1 year. Guitar about 26. I played in numerous rock/metal bands in high school and college and performed live quite often. I tried...

Who are your greatest musical influences?

 

My only real musical influence has been Shaun Paul. Prior to playing cello I didn't spend time listening to music.

 

Why are you passionate about the cello?

 

The cello has a really cool sound. I really like the range you get and that it isn't as high-pitched as a violin.

 

What are you musical goals and aspirations?

 

I want to continue to improve and play for the school orchestra.

 

How long have you been playing? Tell a little about your background in music as well as life...

 

I have played cello for three years now and have been working with Shaun for almost two years.

 

How does playing non-classical (new directions) music on the instrument play a roll in your training and perspective of music and the world of cello?

 

I think it is fun learning non-classical tunes along with the classical pieces. This provides a good variety when it comes time to practice and can show how many diffferent sounds you can get on a cello. I look forward to someday experimen...

Who are your greatest musical influences?

 

Coldplay

 

Why are you passionate about the cello?

 

I like to play duets! :-)

 

What are your musical goals and aspirations?

 

To keep getting better and play for school orchestra.

 

How long have you been playing? Tell a little about your background in music as well as life...

 

Two years of piano. Three years cello and cyso music camps.

 

How does playing non-classical (new directions) music on the instrument play a roll in your training and your perspective of music and the world of cello?

 

I like playing non-classical music because it keeps me going and is funner.

 

Describe a meaningful moment playing the instrument or an experience through music that changed your life in a positive way…

 

Playing in an honor orchestra. The music was fun and there were a lot of people.

 

What do you like about taking lessons from Shaun?

 

He has a good way of teaching people new things.

Who are your greatest musical influences?

 

My greatest musical influence is my mother who was a high school music teacher. I grew up listening to piano being played as she gave lessons at home. She was a mezzo soprano and I developed a love for listening to operatic singing. Music has an amazing impact on human minds.

 

Why are you passionate about the cello?

 

The tone of the cello has such a depth and deep emotional expression. I am just beginning to discover how deep it is.

 

What are your musical goals and aspirations?

 

I would like to be able to play beautiful cello music myself and discover how it really feels like to be able to play. I am an older student and it would be incredibly fortunate if I can learn how to play the instrument with relative comfort; that will be a wonderful gift to myself.

 

How long have you been playing? Tell a little about your background in music as well as life.

 

It has been 19 months since I first created a sound with a cello. I really did not have any musical...

Why are you passionate about the cello?

 

I love the lower tones of the instrument.

 

What are your musical goals and aspirations?

 

Advancing levels in the Cascade Youth Symphony Orchestra.

 

How long have you been playing? Tell a little about your background in music as well as life…

 

I have been playing the cello now for 4 years and have also been taking drum lessons for the last two.

 

How does playing non-classical (new directions) music on the instrument play a roll in your training and your perspective of music and the world of cello?

 

The different types of music have helped me in being able to compose music more easily.

 

What do you like about taking lessons from Shaun?

 

In working with Shaun I find him caring, patient, helpful and enthusiastic about what I am doing. We have worked together composing music that I have written or that I hear the melody for in my mind.

 

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