Sticky: Roll Call! - 2009! - Part 2!

Posted: 12/29/2009 5:20:14 PM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

Hello Filip, welcome to Theremin World.

Are you going to Lydia Kavina's theremin workshop ( in Oxford on Saturday the 6th of February? (And if so, would you like a lift - I'm intending to drive there.)
Posted: 12/30/2009 1:55:15 PM

From: Oxhey, Watford, Hertfordshire, England

Joined: 12/27/2009

That sounds immense though I'm a bit scared two months into playing will make most of it go over my head. "Hey everyone, I can play silent night out of key!" etc. I'll let you know nearer the time but it sounds like it could help a lot and I'd love to go.

I've often listened to your stuff on YouTube (one video of which reminded me of one of my own silly videos ("")) and had no idea you were so close. I actually wrote the message from Croxley as I was visiting my parents for Christmas there. I grew up in Croxley, and was a reporter for the Watford Observer for two years until leaving there in June. It's quite a shock to find someone so near with similar interests.
Posted: 12/30/2009 5:38:18 PM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

Absolutely no need to be scared. If previous workshops are anything to go by most of the participants will never have played a theremin before. Lydia is approachable and lovely, her advice is always bang on the money and now is the right time for it - before you ingrain too many bad habits!

Your video's pretty cool. I like it.

And yeah, Watford isn't exactly a maelstrom of musical adventurousness - far too many cover and tribute bands for my liking - so I did a little dance of joy ( when I saw your post. :-)
Posted: 12/30/2009 5:58:33 PM

From: Barrington, Rhode Island

Joined: 11/26/2009

Because I've probably added just about everyone on this forum to my Facebook friends, I guess I better properly introduce myself. I'm Ben Miller, and I'm a student at Barrington High School, Rhode Island (USA). I chose to learn how to play the theremin for my senior project.

In case you don't know (especially if you're outside the USA), every student in their senior year of high school must choose a topic of their interest and research it. By the end of the school year, every student needs to have a log of physical work, an argumentative essay, a portfolio, and an oral presentation.

Anyways, I've always wanted to learn how to play an instrument and I've played a couple, but none have ever really held my interest. I've felt bad about that, so I figured that the senior project was a good reason to learn how to play an instrument.

I discovered the theremin via Youtube (how else?). I thought it was amazing, and I've been fascinated by it ever since. I practice with an Etherwave standard that my school owns (why do they have one? nobody knows) every day. The presentation is in late May.

I don't expect to master this instrument by then, only to play a simple piece of music that will impress the judges. I don't think that will be too hard - they were equally fascinated by the instrument when I presented my topic to them.

Also, every student needs a mentor that they need to work and communicate with, and I'm very fortunate to have Lydia Kavina act as my mentor via Skype. I haven't been able to talk to her in a while due to exams, college applications, holidays and other extracurricular activities, but hopefully by next week we can start communicating regularly again. It's too bad she lives on the other side of the Atlantic, I'd love to attend her workshop. :/

Hmm...well overall I'd say this is an instrument I actually enjoy playing with all of its difficulties, and I definitely want to continue learning after high school. :)

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