i just got back from a miss vintage show. if you don’t know them, they’re pretty awesome. that’s them on the right. i actually got to open for them up in philly back in april. they characterize themselves as “art rock”. personally i like them because they’re so personal with their music and lyrics and are so passionate in their performance. but anyways, they’re on a nation-wide tour. they’re half-way done with their tour and are about to head out to the west-coast so if you’re out there, please support them. they’re good people.
so enough of the plug. me and a friend were talking the other day about musical instruments and what we thought people played growing up. it seemed like certain people who play certain instruments have a certain personality. i then proceded to ask the question, “is it the instrument that molds your personality or does a certain personality have an affinity for a certain instrument?” i think this is a valid question. if you don’t really know what i’m talking about, i’ll explain it a little further using instrument examples:
guitar/lead vocals – the more outspoken of the other instruments. they like the spotlight. usually have a really good sense of humor and are pretty funny. easily recognizable and very personal and sociable with other people. however, they can be the more reserved and anti-social of the group.
back-up guitar/solo guitar/rhythm guitar – whoever the non-lead vocal guitar guy or girl is is pretty quiet relative to the lead vocal. they have a sense of humor and can be funny at times. they like the spotlight, but not too much. they also like to blend in to the background.
bass – i think the bass player is my favorite to characterize because i see so many similarities between all the bassists that i know. the bassist is kind of the odd-man out. the bass as an instrument doesn’t get noticed much, but without it, the rest of the band sounds horrible. the same way with the bassist. no one really notices the bassist (no one can really name a famous bass player, well, maybe flea from the rhcp), but they’re pretty essential to the dynamic of a group. the bass player can be perceived as “not as cool as the rest of the band” but personally i believe that to be based on perception only. i find this to be my favorite because some of the bassists i’ve seen are pretty dorky/geeky, but man, they can tear up a bass.
drums – have a strong personality. usually the “clown” of the group. have no fear of what other people think. very conversational and sociable. very supportive of other people.
now, a couple things about these personality/instrument types:
i only included the main instruments in a band setting. of course there are others, but i chose to focus on these for this blog.
this isn’t to say that all drummers follow this pattern or all bassists have this personality. of course there a lot of people out there that don’t follow the mold. i wonder if these people either chose the wrong instrument, or the instrument hasn’t changed their personality. but from what i’ve experienced, this is kind of the stereotype i’m putting out there for these instrument/personality types.
so based on these, what instrument should you be playing?
Written by enoch
September 28, 2008 at 11:45 pm
Posted in social observation
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