Roll Call 2014

Posted: 1/1/2014 6:36:22 AM
Jason

From: Sammamish, Washington

Joined: 2/13/2005

Welcome to 2014 and to Theremin World! Post here to tell us about yourself and your journey with the Theremin.

Posted: 1/14/2014 8:30:37 PM
f360gtracer

From: Central Virginia

Joined: 1/14/2014

Total newcomer - not even a real musician.  My only real musical talent is "listening".  But I'm enthralled by the idea of the theremin, how it works, and how to play it.  Hoping to at least learn something which sounds a little like "music"...  ;-)

George P.

Posted: 3/4/2014 2:31:16 AM
Ian

From: Kentucky

Joined: 3/4/2014

Hi folks - theremin newbie here! My brother bought me a Burns B3 Deluxe for my birthday and it arrived today. I managed to make a not too unpleasant tone or two out of it - so, not bad for a start. My undergraduate degree was in Music Theory and Composition and although I now work in computer forensics, I still compose as a hobby. Anyway, I'm looking forward to learning to play the theremin. In reviewing some YouTube videos today, it seems there's two schools of thought when it comes to playing... one where the player moves his right hand back and forth to change pitch, and one where the player uses small finger/knuckle movements to do the same. I have no idea what these two techniques are called, but... not having any experience with either, is one better or preferred or more accurate than the other? Thanks!

Posted: 3/4/2014 3:48:53 AM
Amethyste

From: In between the Pitch and Volume hand ~ New England

Joined: 12/17/2010

Welcome Ian! The knuckle or finger extensions tend to be more precise than whole arm movements.

Posted: 3/21/2014 10:32:11 PM
RevDrDom

From: Wales, UK

Joined: 3/21/2014

Hi, Dom here, brand new but Iv've been reading through the posts for a while, just got my theremin a couple of hours ago. Can't quite get my head around "Star Trek" or "Dr Who" themes but can almost manage a passable (in my mind anyway) "Over the Rainbow". Any good beginners tunes to suggest?

Posted: 3/24/2014 11:37:56 PM
RevDrDom

From: Wales, UK

Joined: 3/21/2014

Got mine on Friday too, I've just been trying to play along with an Ave Maria piano accompaniment from YouTube, pretty much got the first bit but it's not rock n roll! Hit the Road Jack is my next YouTube search. Have fun! I know I am.

Posted: 3/25/2014 1:44:43 PM
coalport

From: Canada

Joined: 8/1/2008

If ya like, I could whip you up a quick "thereoke" number that would combine HIT THE ROAD, JACK and AVE MARIA. 

 

............How bout HIT THE ROAD, MARIA!

 

"Ave Maria,

Gee it's good to see ya!"   Tom Lehrer

Posted: 3/25/2014 2:11:42 PM
RoyP

From: Scotland

Joined: 9/27/2012

If ya like, I could whip you up a quick "thereoke" number that would combine HIT THE ROAD, JACK and AVE MARIA. 

 

............How bout HIT THE ROAD, MARIA!

 

"Ave Maria,

Gee it's good to see ya!"   Tom Lehrer - coalport

 

Barking' mad! :-)

Posted: 4/24/2014 6:17:18 PM
tami

From: ohio

Joined: 4/24/2014

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to have found this group! I hope I posting properly,  I'm also a relative newbie to forums.  Please correct me if there's a better way to reply or begin a post.

I'm from Ohio and found the theremin on the show "Sunday Morning."  Ever since I heard it I couldn't get it out of my head. I called Thomas Grillo, and he walked me through theremin 101 with the kindness and patience of a saint. He's not only a gifted thereminist, he's a terrific person.  I bought a couple of his cd's on learning to play and ask for the moog standard for a Christmas present,  which my awesome husband surprised me with. So, here I am,

 hoping to meet with those that share my love and fascination with this instrument .

 

 

 

 

 

Posted: 4/24/2014 6:27:43 PM
RS Theremin

From: 60 mi. N of San Diego CA

Joined: 2/15/2005

Hello Tami,

The theremin is a lonely journey so it is good you have support, welcome to our narcissistic realm.

I agree that Thomas is a saint and without doubt he got talent!

Christopher

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