The Poster Below Me

December 6, 2005 at 07:05 AM · Alright, let's have a bit of fun here.

The name of the game is "The Poster Below Me..." and it goes a little something like this.

You have to answer the question above with a True or False, and then write an answer that is true to yourself.

EG

If the Question was "The Poster Below Me plays the Violin"

I would answer "True, I have played for 12 years" and then add my question "The Poster below me needs a new bow"

I'll start:

The Poster Below Me has never seen Joshua Bell live.

Replies (100)

December 6, 2005 at 09:29 AM · True.

The poster below me has never been on Oprah.

December 6, 2005 at 10:25 AM · True.

The poster below me is handsome...

December 6, 2005 at 02:09 PM · True, oh so true!

The poster below me needs a new bow.

December 6, 2005 at 03:53 PM · Very very true. Any takers???

The poster below me plays a European instrument.

December 6, 2005 at 04:06 PM · True (currently a Romanian one).

The poster below me uses gut strings.

December 6, 2005 at 04:59 PM · False.

The poster below me will be running out at lunch to buy the new Korn cd, just like me!

December 6, 2005 at 06:19 PM · False. (Fun game, Ben!)

The poster below me has never played the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

December 6, 2005 at 09:06 PM · True

Love this game

the poster below me has never played a Strad or del Gesu or amati

December 6, 2005 at 09:55 PM · False, when I was very little, my teacher brought in her partners strad that he got at auction for $3000 (they didn't realise it was a strad) and we all got to play a few notes on it.

The person below me as currently studying at a conservatory

December 6, 2005 at 09:58 PM · false (HS junior)

the person below me will say "true"

December 6, 2005 at 10:07 PM · True.

If there was a fork in the road and one guy who always lied and another who always told the truth, the poster below could find the right fork by asking one guy what the other would say.

December 6, 2005 at 10:14 PM · False....er true, I've heard this one before somewhere.

The poster below me enjoys playing in a symphony orchestra.

December 6, 2005 at 10:15 PM · True!

(as long as youth orchestras and community symphony orchestras count)

The poster below me does not play with a shoulder rest.

December 6, 2005 at 10:24 PM · False, I play with a Kun.

The poster below me has eaten a banana before a solo/audition.

December 6, 2005 at 10:28 PM · True. But the break between the banana and audition was at least a day.

The poster below me is not/will not be a music major in college.

December 6, 2005 at 10:50 PM · False (only 1.5 years left before I get my BM!)

The poster below me has gotten their bow haired with colored hair before.

December 6, 2005 at 11:49 PM · Ah...false, i guess, I have a bow with colored hair, but have never gotton one rehaired in a color

The poster below me is in junior high

December 6, 2005 at 11:52 PM · TRUE!! Mine is currently orange and I'm loving it. ;) (oops I posted too late...)

but FALSE I'm a senior in high school.

The poster below me loves skunks (not smell... just animal) and raccoons, and cute animals.

December 7, 2005 at 12:25 AM · True!

The poster below me owns a Manhasset music stand at home.

December 7, 2005 at 12:30 AM · True! Though I wish it was more portable... I hate my folding stand with a passion.

The poster below me has performed Mozart 5 in a public performance before.

December 7, 2005 at 12:30 AM · True (I own that and a big honking black metal stand).

The poster below me has been playing for more than 10 years.

December 7, 2005 at 12:43 AM · True (15 years to be exact!)

The poster below me is eclectic and loves to also fiddle in other styles besides Classical...

December 7, 2005 at 12:48 AM · true-ish (10 years piano, 8 years fulte, 5 ueears violin)

the person below me likes dark varnish better than light varnish

December 7, 2005 at 12:52 AM · Very true..celtic..Irish...Scottish...a little bluegrass..modern new age..and I like to cook.

The poster below me loves to eat raw oysters.

ooh Jessica beat me to it

December 7, 2005 at 02:02 AM · I do like dark varnish better.

NO, I do not like raw oysters. ugh.

The person below me has a mild addiction to sushi.

PS. CA rolls count!

December 7, 2005 at 02:04 AM · False. Eww no!

The poster below me has a strange obsession with prunes.

December 7, 2005 at 02:42 AM · False! I gave up prunes the year of the great toilet paper shortage.

The poster below me has played a viola, but has never owned up to it before.

Neil

December 7, 2005 at 02:53 AM · True, just a few times on my friend's

The poster below me thinks Heifetz is the best.

December 7, 2005 at 03:15 AM · OK...I'll bite.

False. (Though I do enjoy much of his work)

The poster below me is proud of their violin hickey.

December 7, 2005 at 03:56 AM · False, I don't practice near as much as I used to. But I do admire them on others.

The person below me will eventually post, in a far, far off distant land (and time), a religiously cybernetic message about the relationship between a dog and god.

December 7, 2005 at 04:26 AM · False, but it might happen, I don't often look into the future.

The poster below me will overload next year in order to complete their degree in the normal amount of time.

December 7, 2005 at 04:55 AM · True- I am only a junior, but I'll be taking the full 18 credits (that's the maximum) so I can get as much of it done before next year's grad school auditions.

The person below me secretly admires the cello more than the violin.

December 7, 2005 at 05:15 AM · True, just because Yoyo Ma is so hip.

The poster below me would pay $500 for a Josh Bell lesson.

December 7, 2005 at 05:14 AM · (to the cello question) False, though a well played cello is amazing!

The poster below me has had their biggest musical dream come true.

December 7, 2005 at 05:18 AM · True. I dream small. Very, very tiny.

The poster below me will answer the Josh Bell question.

December 7, 2005 at 05:18 AM · False. I don't think I'd pay 500$ for any violin lesson (unless it was 4-5 hours long....) no matter the person teaching.

The poster below has played the Walton violin concerto.

December 7, 2005 at 05:19 AM · True (to answering the question and the question itself). I adore him.

The poster below me carries a tuning fork in his/her case.

December 7, 2005 at 06:05 AM · False. No slide rule or flash cubes either.

The poster below me is the spawn of satan.

December 7, 2005 at 07:45 AM · False, though I know how to use a pitch fork.

The poster below me has played at a hoe down.

December 7, 2005 at 06:06 AM · False. That's not quite how I roll.

The Poster Below Me has more than one violin.

December 7, 2005 at 06:37 AM · True. I have 5. (Not all full size).

The poster below hates calculus with a passion.

December 7, 2005 at 07:14 AM · False, I used to teach it.

The poster below me has had a nightmare of performing on stage in underwear.

December 7, 2005 at 07:17 AM · False

In mother russia, undearwears wears you

The poster below me owns tretyakov's Paganini concerto with Neeme Jarvi and Moscow Symphony Orchestra and is willing to let me listen to it.

December 7, 2005 at 07:44 AM · False, but I wish I could help.

The poster below me likes to mischievously edit their responses.

December 7, 2005 at 07:59 AM · False. I only edit for good reasons. :)

The poster below me is up way past his/her bedtime. Good night.

December 7, 2005 at 08:07 AM · False. It's only 10:07.

The poster below me has a tattoo of something musical.

December 7, 2005 at 08:35 AM · False. Though, I have a friend who has 2 f-holes tatooed at the bottom of her back...

The poster below me enjoys roman numeral analysis of music.

December 7, 2005 at 01:25 PM · True. I love that stuff and am known to the jazz choir simply as the "theory freak"

The poster below me is named Danielle Gauthier

December 7, 2005 at 01:25 PM · True. wow, you're good.

Really, though.

The poster below me has played in their garage.

December 7, 2005 at 01:55 PM · Ha, true! We built me a new room in the garage and I practiced in there when it was just concrete and 2x4's. Terrible echo. . .

Okay, the poster below me is obsessed with the Meyer String Quintet and secretly wants to trascribe it so she can play it with her violist sister.

December 7, 2005 at 02:33 PM · False, as I haven't heard them, though that might change if I had.

The poster below me is in the process of writing a symphony.

December 7, 2005 at 02:44 PM · False...although I am quite fond of modern composers.

The poster below me is currently procrastinating from practicing violin (ug. scales) by writing their next post.

December 7, 2005 at 03:51 PM · Oh..uggh. How true. Although I really should be working on my English paper...

The poster below me has a name for both of the violins they own.

December 7, 2005 at 03:54 PM · False! I've never named my instruments before.

The poster below has done non-classical gigs before(ie: rock bands, jazz, ceildhs)

December 7, 2005 at 04:19 PM · False.

the poster below me knows my name (hihi,just for fun)

December 7, 2005 at 06:54 PM · True.

The poster below me thinks Hilary Hahn is gorgeous.

December 7, 2005 at 06:56 PM · Kind of true.

The poster below me thinks Vanessa Mae should put on some clothes.

December 7, 2005 at 07:00 PM · False...but then again, I am a hormonal teenage boy...

The poster below me has a secret love affair with a famous composer.

December 7, 2005 at 07:01 PM · True. Though it's rather one sided as he's been dead for a few centuries.

The poster below me will be posting for the third time in this thread.

December 7, 2005 at 07:04 PM · False (the 5th)

The poster below me loves the E string and can't understand why anyone would prefer the viola to the violin.

December 7, 2005 at 07:26 PM · True! so true! So entirely true!

The poster below me loves the Beethoven violin concerto

December 7, 2005 at 07:27 PM · True!

The poster below me is addicted to this simple but fascinating game.

December 7, 2005 at 08:09 PM · True as of now... !

The poster below me can't live without chocolate.

December 7, 2005 at 08:08 PM · False. I'm not addicted, I can quit any time.

The poster below me forgot one of the rules of the game and would like to clarify that she has in fact no musical tattoos, but if she did, it wouldn't be a tattoo of two f-holes on her lower back.

December 7, 2005 at 08:26 PM · Ah...true I guess, don't have any tatoos, and don't want any

The poster below me likes Sarah Chang, and has seen her live.

December 7, 2005 at 08:40 PM · True, and false. Love her approach.

The poster below me has seen more tattoos in the last week than the rest of her life combined.

December 7, 2005 at 08:41 PM · False. (Where have YOU been this week, Jim?!)

The poster below me has a musical spouse or significant other.

December 7, 2005 at 09:22 PM · False...who has time for that crazy business?

The poster below me is going to be late for their lesson if they don't leave NOW!

December 7, 2005 at 09:50 PM · False, my lesson is tomorrow.

The poster below me is going to be late for a meeting at work if he/she doesn't leave NOW!

December 7, 2005 at 10:06 PM · False, I don't work.

The poster below me is now going to go do the disco to Betthoven Sonatas.

December 7, 2005 at 10:28 PM · False - I'm just off to a Women's Guild concert featuring Eminem.

The poster below is going to find that some other poster has beaten them to it.

December 7, 2005 at 10:35 PM · Let me try.

Nope. False.

The poster below me has seen Heifetz or Oistrakh live.

December 7, 2005 at 10:42 PM · True, sort of; and false.

The poster below me thinks Gershwin is like chitlins in dinosaur stew.

December 7, 2005 at 10:55 PM · False. Dan, I'm also a hormonal teenage boy but that kind of dress for classical music?.... no.

The poster below me thinks the G string is the best string (the one on the violin).

December 7, 2005 at 11:17 PM · False. A.

The poster below me has given his violin a female name.

December 7, 2005 at 11:24 PM · Sortof true, but only when played by Oistrakh. (Tim got in ahead of me, and false, I never gave my violins a female name)

(btw I agree women violinists should dress. preferably modestly)

The poster below me has performed in Carnegie Hall.

December 7, 2005 at 11:30 PM · True. I whistled Dixie in the lobby just so I could say I had.

The poster below me is also trying hard to think of something to write.

December 7, 2005 at 11:35 PM · True, it is quite hard to think of something new after all that has been written!

The poster below me has a violin lesson tomorrow.

December 7, 2005 at 11:34 PM · (double post, sorry)

December 7, 2005 at 11:39 PM · False - school's out forever (thanks Alice Cooper)

The poster below me thinks the model in Simon Fisher's Basics should marry Josh Bell.

December 8, 2005 at 12:13 AM · false

the poster below me has been a member for less than a year...

December 8, 2005 at 12:14 AM · False.... The poster below me thinks the Brahms Violin Concerto is the best violin concerto ever written.

December 8, 2005 at 12:19 AM · True, at least right now. I might change my mind in a few months.

The poster below me speaks fluent Spanish.

December 8, 2005 at 12:50 AM · oui, tres vrai.

The poster bologna...no, wait...below me is hungry

December 8, 2005 at 01:42 AM · false, i've just had lunch

the poster below me has long curly hair and probably needs a hair cut

December 8, 2005 at 01:46 AM · Quite false. My hair is very short.

The poster below me enjoys Longfellow poetry...and Dilbert.

December 8, 2005 at 02:08 AM · True. Especially Dilbert's poetry (although it was probably written by Ratbert).

The poster below me thinks that the category "Hot Violin Chix" is over-rated and all violinists should be judged on their playing and not their looks, especially the really sexy ones who only wear a minimal amount of clothing.

Neil

December 8, 2005 at 02:06 AM · False. If I had posted after Ben it would've been very true. I actually might get a hair cut tomorrow.

Anyway, the poster below me is a teenager.

December 8, 2005 at 02:08 AM · Ah, too late, true to Neil.

December 8, 2005 at 02:11 AM · False, but I was one before.

The poster below me realizes hot violin chix is non exclusionary, and includes all chix who play violin.

December 8, 2005 at 03:10 AM · False, it is exclusionary if you don't include all female violinists. What is "hot violin Chix" anyway? (OMG, I love this)

The poster below me has horrible halitosis.

December 8, 2005 at 03:14 AM · False!

The poster below me wonders why there aren't also hot violin-guys, not just chix.

December 8, 2005 at 03:36 AM · I'm a hot violin-guy! So um, false =P

The poster under me lives in North America.

December 8, 2005 at 03:52 PM · Re: "The poster under me lives in North America."

True.

The poster below me can’t translate the following steno into English. No cheating or peeking in the book!

TKEUG EUPB WH KWROU PHRAEU RBGS SKP TKOEPBT/R-R TPHRAUP KWROUR WR*EUS U/ROUPBD SOE PHUFP FPLT

If false, prove yourself by telling us all what it says.

Now that another Jim has responded, I will translate it before the thread closes. The words in blue are the very words of one of my early violin teachers:

Dig in when you play, and don’t flop your wrist around so much.

Jim W., you observed in your addendum: “The shorthand has more letters [than the English translation]. What’s up with that?”

It has a lot more letters — that’s true — but it’s actually only 16 keystrokes, or syllables, including a comma (RBGS) and a period (FPLT), instead of the 63 keystrokes (including spaces and punctuation) required to type the sentence in English.

Each word you see in red font = 1 syllable. The exception is U/ROUPBD (around). The slash sign (/) indicates a division between syllables, although you don’t actually type it in steno. You write each of the 16 syllables as you would play a chord on the piano; i.e., you strike all letters of the syllable together. KWROU (you) is LH fingers 4-3-2 + both thumbs.

This helps to explain why a 240-wpm steno-writer (court reporter, captionist, etc.) can type 3 times as much text in 1 minute as an 80-wpm regular typist can do — and with fewer keystrokes per minute — 336 instead of 400. Per Phoenix Theory, a word in steno = 1.4 syllables. Per Gregg Typewriting for Colleges, a word (including spaces and punctuation) = 5 characters.

December 8, 2005 at 04:13 AM · True.

addendum: the shorthand has more letters. What's up with that?

The poster below me can write in GREEN!

(careful of your answer)

December 8, 2005 at 04:53 AM · False. It's not that I can't write in green it's just I can't make my font green. (someone has made it possible for this to be green...)

The poster below has a fear of playing fugues in an orchestral situation.

December 8, 2005 at 04:55 AM · False, but I do know how to fight the green hordes.

The poster below me was the poster above me.

December 8, 2005 at 05:07 AM · False! (How are y'all writing in different colors?)

The poster below me has a $500 performance dress.

December 8, 2005 at 05:14 AM · True...gosh Sydney, I thought I'd asked you not to let that one out!

The poster below me enjoys drinking peach propel.

December 8, 2005 at 05:59 AM · Would be true if I weren't haunted by guilty feelings of wastefullness every time I buy something like that!

The poster below me has has performed on 5 continents.

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