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#654918 - 02/21/08 02:28 PM Does anyone name their instruments?  
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Hello.
I play the violin and the piano, and i was just wondering do other musicans name their instruments or is it just me?
My violin is called Vavra and is male. Though I havent thought of one that suits my piano yet!

I would be intrested to know! laugh


thanks guys!
x


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#654919 - 02/21/08 03:09 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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I never thought about naming my instruments! Sounds interesting, I might try it...I play quite a few though, so it will take me a while. smile Good luck naming your piano!

#654920 - 02/21/08 03:19 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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Have you read the book "Grand Obsession" by Perri Knize (aka pique in our forums)? She named her piano "Marlene" and it is about how a musical instrument can turn a person's life upside down. A must reading for all musicians and music lovers! When I get a grand piano one day, I will name it "Athena"...

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#654921 - 02/22/08 03:34 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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My grand pinao's name is Little Luke


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#654922 - 02/23/08 01:38 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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Wow i must read that book!
Yes i think that naming an instrument really does bring you closer to it!

I want a grand piano one day too...
but that wont be for a very long time!

x


If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. ~Gustav Mahler
#654923 - 02/23/08 01:44 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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My girlfriend was over yesterday.

I told her that I decided to name my piano Valentine after Jill Valentine from Resident Evil: The Umbrellas Chronicles which we were playing a few minutes before.

She wasn't happy frown


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#654924 - 03/13/08 03:52 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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I named my piano Ella after Ella Fitzgerald one of my favorite vocalists. I also think naming your instrument brings you closer to it but my family thought I was nuts. :rolleyes:


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#654925 - 05/18/08 02:23 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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I have a tendency of naming EVERYTHING =P
My piano is named Arthur, and my guitar is called Llewellyn.


I saw an angel walking down the street...
#654926 - 05/18/08 02:29 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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I name all my cars and bikes, but did not do it with the piano... frown

Might be a good idea.. smile

I am thinking about "Franzlein" (in honor of Schubert, of course)..... will think about it, thanks for starting the thread.... smile

("schwammerl" would of course do too, but I think someone already thought about it.. wink )


"The man that hath no music in himself / Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds / Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils." (W.Shakespeare)

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#654927 - 05/18/08 08:15 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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Originally posted by Music love:
Hello.
I play the violin and the piano, and i was just wondering do other musicans name their instruments or is it just me?
My violin is called Vavra and is male. Though I havent thought of one that suits my piano yet!
Every computer in my house has a name, but I've come to the sad realization that the instruments (and the car!) don't. I think I need to correct that... will talk it over with the husband. smile


Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. ~Confucius

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life. ~Jean Paul Richter
#654928 - 07/27/08 03:06 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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My piano's name is Gustav (After Mahler of course!).

#654929 - 07/27/08 03:30 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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I don't tend to name things, but when I talk to my cat Lisa about the piano, I refer to him as Mr. Piano. He likes to sing her a song written by Mr. Brahms. She sleeps under Mr. Piano at night, but she doesn't understand why he has so many teeth.

#654930 - 07/27/08 03:52 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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My Steinway O's name is Carl, in honor of my beloved teacher who passed away from Hodgkin's disease many years ago.


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#654931 - 07/31/08 10:13 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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I didn't have my own French horn frown The first one I used was called Baby, then there was Ellie (for Elephant - creative, no?) and my mellophone was Harris.

My spinet organ is named Cathryne Claryse (I know, I know). My piano doesn't actually have a name yet.

(On the topic of non-instrumental-naming tendencies, my laptop is Jennykins, my car is Ferguson, my iPod is Meredith, and my digital camera is Joe :])


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#654932 - 08/22/08 05:52 AM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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I name mine, they all have personalities of their own after I modded them

#654933 - 01/02/09 12:44 AM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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Someday, I want a Bosendorfer named Brutus.

#654934 - 01/08/09 06:42 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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I usually name my instruments after whatever brands they are. Thus, my D. H. Baldwin's full name is Derek Hamilton Baldwin (DH for short), my violin is Karl Friedrich, and my flute is Jeremy. XD.

#654935 - 02/02/09 08:22 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments?  
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I do! My guitars name is "Styx", long story. My piano is named Hermann (for his brand).

But for an awesome story of an instruments name check out :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGsvAMRFivo

BTW a friend and i used to feed a cat (albeit a very short time) which we named "Bebop" : )


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#1154911 - 02/28/09 10:19 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: The Boy Next Door]  
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I named my piano Herman xD
Silly name I know, but it just came to me and made me laugh, so Herman he became!

#1262636 - 09/04/09 09:37 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: alannamarie]  
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I haven't named my piano yet, but have had the nagging feeling for some time that I should. I just haven't come up with anything yet. My car is the Crimson Permanent Assurance (Monty Python) and my ipod is Psycho Billy (Johnny Cash "One Piece At A Time")


I'll figure it out eventually.
Until then you may want to keep a safe distance.
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#1271964 - 09/21/09 07:59 AM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Little_Blue_Engine]  
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I play guitar for 5 years


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#1342441 - 01/06/10 04:30 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]  
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Hi,
I named my violin Bella.

#1347070 - 01/11/10 07:51 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: violinplayer13]  
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I named my saxophone Elvis, considering it's my nickname for life, and my piano is named Timber(1).


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Timber comes from one of my favorite songs, Above the Timberline by Five For Fighting(2)

2)
FIVE FOR FIGHTING IS AMAZING LOOK HIM UP RIGHT NOW IF YOU NEVER HEARD HIS SONGS! http://www.youtube.com/user/fiveforfighting?blend=1&ob=4

#1377052 - 02/18/10 04:22 AM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: JustBeingMe]  
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When I used to work at FedEx Kinko's, most of the stores named the copiers; however, in our store we just called the copiers by their brand and model number. Our piano is just the piano, if we had two pianos, then we would call them by their brand names. I always feel weird giving names to in animate objects.

#1377181 - 02/18/10 09:33 AM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]  
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I was thinking about this question just a few days ago. Wondering about naming my piano Albert, full name Albert Einsteinway. But maybe that's just too, too clevah.

I wonder who has a greater tendency to naming their pianos, men or women.


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#1423783 - 04/25/10 06:18 AM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: David T]  
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If I lived in an English speaking country I'd call my Harpsichord "the Harpy"


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#1427467 - 04/30/10 10:35 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Little_Blue_Engine]  
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Originally Posted by Little_Blue_Engine
I haven't named my piano yet, but have had the nagging feeling for some time that I should. I just haven't come up with anything yet. My car is the Crimson Permanent Assurance (Monty Python) and my ipod is Psycho Billy (Johnny Cash "One Piece At A Time")
Well, it hit me from out of the blue one morning when I was thinking about something completely unrelated. My piano's name is "Admiral Halsey".


I'll figure it out eventually.
Until then you may want to keep a safe distance.
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#1515084 - 09/14/10 04:20 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]  
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Nice!

I haven't named my Yamaha, but I have a 60's reissued pink Fender Strat I named "Lola." It fits her perfectly and I'm rather fond of her.


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#1567349 - 11/30/10 06:50 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]  
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I name everything!

My three trombones (two are no longer with me):
Oscar Bellamy Jude
Jett "Jasper" Jupiter Rafferty (I initially wanted to call him JJ, hence Jett Jasper, but Jupiter was the brand so my friends made me put that in)
My current bone: Ignatius Caspian Timotheus Pierrick Clade ... long name. Timotheus and Pierrick are after my friends Tim and Pete

I also have:
Felix Lucian - my Yamaha piano
Bela Augustine - my clarinet
Angus, Hamish and Seamus - wooden professional recorders
Boris Slava - acoustic guitar.


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#1571137 - 12/06/10 09:35 AM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]  
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hi. i often play on the guitar. i also love singing. its nice thread to know about the various instruments and the instrument which are not known to me.


http://mymusiccircle.com/

#1572256 - 12/07/10 08:25 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]  
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My grand piano's name is Bete Noir (Black beast). My upright is called The Old Piano (not the best/most creative of names but it works).

#1591254 - 01/05/11 04:58 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]  
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I can't name mine. 'cos my piano is a part of me!
if i'm gonna call it, i'll call it Parnian.
my own name

#1591387 - 01/05/11 08:13 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]  
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Haven't named it yet. But I think if I decide to, it would have to be Glenn.

#1593746 - 01/09/11 04:30 AM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]  
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Haha, no I've never thought about it but I will now!

#1624649 - 02/20/11 07:48 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]  
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My violins name is Stella and my cello's name is Phoby because i heard it when i played it (bass) and it sounded like PHOOOBBYYY(going up to higher strings)however unfortunately i dont play strings anymore frown

My piano is called Clementine hahah iknow abit of a strange name but one time i thought the case of it smelt abit like oranges and clementines smile


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#2492363 - 12/20/15 03:59 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]  
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I named my piano before I even got it lol.
I forget how I even got on the idea of naming it, I think my friend may have asked what I was going to call it, and I hadn't even thought of it and just said "Well I'll just call it Wurlitzer I guess." Then I said well I wonder what the person who started the Wurlitzer company's first name was so I googled it, and while searching for his name, I seen the name Benjamin and my friend said call it Benji.
So, I did get the piano a couple days later and so the name is Benji.
I asked my piano teacher if she'd ever heard of anyone ever naming their piano (she's been a piano teacher for a LONG time. My dad went to the same music place to take guitar lessons when he was a kid and she was there then) and she said no.
Sorry for the rambling haha.

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[quote=Kateking776]I named my piano before I even got it lol.
I forget how I even got on the idea of naming it, I think my friend may have asked what I was going to call it, and I hadn't even thought of it and just said "Well I'll just call it Wurlitzer I guess." Then I said well I wonder what the person who started the Wurlitzer company's first name was so I googled it, and while searching for his name, I seen the name Benjamin and my friend said call it Benji.
So, I did get the piano a couple days later and so the name is Benji.
I asked my piano teacher if she'd ever heard of anyone ever naming their piano (she's been a piano teacher for a LONG time. My dad went to the same music place to take guitar lessons when he was a kid and she was there then) and she said no.
Sorry for the rambling haha. [/quote]

Your piano teacher is not aware that her students name their pianos---probably just because they haven't told her ;) I did a little genealogical research on the Steiff family and named my piano after one of the daughters of Chas M. My teacher has no idea


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#2497137 - 01/04/16 08:11 PM Re: Does anyone name their instruments? [Re: Music love]  
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Ah, yes...I name each of my instruments. :)

My spinet piano is "Agatha"
My piano accordion (120 bass) is "Stella"
My cello is "Stanley"
My guitar is "The Dark Knight"
My mandolin is "Earl"
My ukulele is "Luana"
My first violin is "Ungar"
My second violin is "Mason"

I think it adds a lot of personality to the instruments when they are named.



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