or an E flat

The Best Solos
  • Piccolo: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Mvmt. 3
  • Flute: Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals, Aviary
  • Oboe: Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite, Serenata
  • English Horn: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8, Mvmt. 1
  • E-Flat Clarinet: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, Mvmt. 2
  • B-Flat Clarinet: Offenbach: Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
  • Bass Clarinet: Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
  • Bassoon: Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade, Mvmt. 2
  • Contrabassoon: Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • French Horn: R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche
  • Trumpet: Mahler: Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 1
  • Trombone: R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra
  • Tuba: Gershwin: An American in Paris
  • Percussion: Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis, Mvmt. 2
  • Violin: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 2
  • Viola: Brahms: Symphony No. 4, Mvmt. 2
  • Cello: Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 2
  • Double Bass: Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals, L'Elephant

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Tag yourself as music keys (as told by the Signature Series CBC)
  • C major: Childlike, carefree, unselfconscious
  • C minor: Misunderstood genius, misanthrope, caught in a heroic struggle
  • D-flat major: Has a dreamy smile, makes jewelry, innocent
  • C-sharp minor: Mysterious, secretive, doesn't open up to others
  • D major: Overachiever, cheerful, enthusiastic
  • D minor: Angry at the world, betrayed by friends, alone
  • E-flat major: Respected by others, popular, a great leader
  • E-flat minor: Quirky, strange, not very well known
  • E major: Delightful, charming, a morning person
  • E minor: Proud, likes drama, needy
  • F major: Calm, in control of things, secretly has an iron will beneath that sweet smile
  • F minor: Not to be messed with, tough, never gives up
  • F-sharp major: Friendly, gives hugs, has lovely plants
  • F-sharp minor: Shy, stays home a lot, scared of other people
  • G major: Playful, naive, a great sport
  • G minor: Stubborn, gets into arguments, smart
  • A-flat major: Kind, always pays for dinner, bakes cookies for friends
  • G-sharp minor: Weary, moves gracefully, 100% done with society
  • A major: Can't keep still, impatient, capricious
  • A minor: Has unfulfilled dreams, cannot let go of the past, mournful
  • B-flat major: Nerd, nature enthusiast, loves to gaze at the stars
  • B-flat minor: Doesn't show feelings, gets uncomfortable at the mention of feelings, actually has feelings
  • B major: Loves weekends, sleeps in, operates on a different internal clock
  • B minor: Gloomy, likes art and wine, hides under a blanket

TRANSLATION - WATCH OUT FOR ME

L: no, no no no no no, fucking Spain-fuck!

I: halla

E: halla

L: good, you’re home! I’m fucking tired

E: bad loser

L: I’m going to bed

E: cool hanging out with you, Linn

I: halla

E: halla

I: everything okay?

E: have you asked all of your flat mates to watch out for me?

I: huh? No?

E: holy fuck, you’re a bad liar!

I: I’m a bad liar?

E: yeah!

I: am I a bad liar? I’m the fucking liar master there’s no better liar than me! You have no idea what I’ve gotten away with

E: tell me. What have you gotten away with?

I: you don’t want to know
I like seeing you laugh
Holy fuck, Vilde… she’s such a nag about kosegruppa

E: kosegruppa! I had completely forgotten

I: you can’t tell her that, she’ll get pissed. She’s scared people only joined for the parties

E: yeah, I was there to meet you

I: seriously?

E: yeah, do you think I was there to have fun?

I: you had seen me before that first kose-meeting?

E: yeah. I saw you the first day of school

I: hey Vilde. No we don’t have a Christmas tree here. Yeah but if you’re so fucking keen on having a Christmas three you’ll have to buy it. You can buy a Christmas tree everywhere, Vilde! Kjellandsplass liksom. Yeah yeah, awesome.

E: Christmas tree?

I: yeah, I haven’t told you. About Kosegruppa I’m having a Christmas event here on Friday

E: here? Friday?

I: yeah. You wanna come?

E: I… I have actually promised my mom that… i talked to her today and she wanted me to come home and… eat and stuff. Or i don’t know. I was just thinking about staying there for a while.

I: just take a day at a time.

Guide to the Orchestra:
  • Piccolo: SCREAMING
  • Flute: Every time you talk to them they just look at you like you're a piece of trash.
  • Oboe: FUCKING REEEEEDDDSSSSSS
  • English Horn: Actually I get a lot more than Dvorak 9 there's Rhapsodie Espagnole and Roman Carnival Overture and
  • E-Flat Clarinet: HIGH NOTES HIGH NOTES HIGH NOTES
  • B-Flat Clarinet: Arpeggios wheeeeee
  • Bass Clarinet: Grumbling both with their instrument and their vocal chords.
  • Bassoon: NOOOO NOT VIVALDI
  • Contrabassoon: LOW NOTES YESSSSS
  • French Horn: TUTTI PARTS YES TIME TO BLAAAASSST
  • Trumpet: FANFARE TIME doot da doot dooooooot BAP
  • Trombone: FINLANDIA YESSSS
  • Bass Trombone: FINLANDIA EXTREEEEMMMME
  • Tuba: *skips rehearsal and leaves a foghorn in their seat. Nobody notices*
  • Percussion: more like concussion lol
  • Harp: PEDALS FUKCKCJRSJJS
  • 1st Violins: oh look, the winds aren't playing, I guess it's our turn
  • 2nd Violins: GIVE US A BETTER PART
  • Viola: WHAT AM I AAAAAAAA
  • Cello: MELODY IN THE HIGH RANGE YESSSSS
  • Double Bass: JUST PLEASE GIVE US OUR OWN PART NONE OF THAT CELLO BULLSHIT
d sharp is not the same as e flat

we’ve been having a sharps vs flats war on this blog, and I have good news for both sides: this war is not about nothing, because sharps and flats are not the same. 

I’m going to paraphrase an article from a 1930s music magazine by sid hedges:

a pianist can never play perfectly in tune. if a piano were perfectly tuned it would be possible to play upon it only in one key. this peculiarity is due to the fact the octave does does not split up in 12 equal parts–and consequently, the semitones are of varying sizes. a piano tuner has to “split the difference” between varying notes so that all of the scales sound fairly accurate. a pianist has to make one note serve for d sharp and e flat, when actually they are not the same. a violinist, making their own notes, is able to observe the proper distinction.

if you sing up the the scale of e major, you will find yourself making the d sharp (the leading tone) very sharp. if you sing up the scale of e minor, you will instinctively make your e flat very flat–considerably more so than the note on the piano. 

a violinist can test the matter with the same two scales. first, they play up an e major scale, ensuring their intonation is flawless, and put a pencil mark on the fingerboard where d sharp is. next, they play a c minor scale and find that the e flat lands about a quarter of an inch below d sharp. 

so, there you have it.

8

I stared at him wordlessly.
“What?” he whispered.
I shook my head in awe. “Nothing,” I mouthed.

orchestra problem 312

getting brand new music at the beginning of rehearsal, to be played right away, 27 ledger lines above your comfortable sight reading range. is that an e flat? an a flat? an f?? nobody knows but God and the conductor

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Tell me what you think of me (and what you’d like to tell me).

C major: You’re childlike and I think you’re cute.

C minor: I don’t understand you.

D-flat major: I want to protect you. 

C-sharp minor: I think you’re interesting.

D major: You’re successful in life and I’m jealous.

D minor: You’re always sad and I wish I could help you feel better.

E-flat major: You’re a great leader.

E-flat minor: You’re quirky. 

E major: You’re charming and you brighten my day.

E minor: You like drama. Sometimes, you start it.

F major: You’re always in control and you’re a great friend. I need more people like you in my life.

F minor: You’re tough and resilient and you don’t give up.

F-sharp major: You’re friendly and I wish we could be friends.

F-sharp minor: You seem shy and afraid of people. You can always talk to me.

G major: You’re playful and you’re a great sport when it comes to pranks.

G minor: You’re argumentative, stubborn, and smart.

A-flat major: You’re very kind and the world needs more people like you.

G-sharp minor: You stand out from the crowd.

A major: You chase your dreams and that’s great.

A minor: You rage against the dying of the light.

B-flat major: You’re a nature nerd and that’s adorable.

B-flat minor: You don’t show your feelings easily.

B major: People think you’re lazy, but don’t listen to them. You just work on a different internal clock.

B minor: You’re a pessimist. Look on the bright side of things.

The Orchestra as Seen by an Oboist
  • Piccolo: neat but high
  • Flute: they look at me like I'm trash every time I talk to them it's weird.
  • Oboe: the best
  • English horn: beautiful. Pure. Needs more solos
  • E-flat clarinet: nice
  • B-flat clarinet: okay you need to calm down
  • Bass clarinet: cool. Needs to be in more classical music
  • Saxophone: what are you doing here we aren't playing Gershwin get out
  • Bassoon: grandfather you are wonderful and also need more solos
  • Contrabassoon: great-grandfather you are truly a great gift from the low woodwinds
  • Horn: scoring buddies!!!
  • Trumpet: nobody cares you're all just filler parts anyway
  • Trombone: we have literally nothing to do with each other but you're all cool
  • Tuba: neat
  • Percussion: are percussionists in any way related to rabbits why are there so many of them
  • Violins: a bunch of potted plants
  • Violas: okay love child of a cello and violin
  • Cello: calm down
  • Double bass: huh

Rex hates anything that has to do with dental work–dental cleaning, mouth surgery, even just a regular check up where nothing is touched. He does his best to avoid any sort of teeth-related meetings until the very last second, when it’s absolutely necessary.

Unfortunately, “the very last second” happens to be in the middle of a mission, when there’s no clean utensils and Novocain to knock him out. A molar has been bothering him to the point where he could barely handle brushing that side of his mouth (so he had avoided doing so for over a week now).

When Kix sees that Rex is having difficulty with his ration bar, he attempts to think back to the last time he saw Rex in the medbay for a non-concussion related checkup: over a month. Not wanting to startle the captain (who has taken to gently massaging his gums through his cheek), Kiz quietly pulls the necessary tools out of his medpac and calls on roughly six clones to gather around Rex (Jesse who felt like it was the right thing to do, Hardcase who just wanted to pin Rex because he could never do it on the mat, and four shinies who were a little too eager to “help out”).

With his eyes closed and all mental faculties focused on not screaming every time he hit his gum wrong, Rex doesn’t notice at first how quiet the camp has gotten or how still everything is until the back of his head feels a few degrees cooler. He opens his eyes to see a ground that is noticeably shadier than it was before. When he turns around, he sees a shiny standing above him; nervous, more than guilt-stricken, and with that same stupidly eager look on his face that all shinies sported. 

“Can I help you?” Rex asks, more than a little annoyed. 

The shinie only looks up uncertainly to the clone in front of Rex–Kix. “Sir, I wish  I didn’t have to do this.”

Rex blinks. “Do what–” then he sees the four other clones, the drill and pliers in Kix’s hands, the way he’s crouched in front of him. 

Rex almost bolts, trying and failing to escape before six armored bodies are crushing him into the dirt. Someone’s hand is in his mouth holding it open. Before anything even happens, Rex is screaming, screaming through the shiny’s hand and screaming even as Kix apologizes and says something like “I wish I didn’t have to do this, Captain”–then he’s absolutely shrieking in terror once the drill comes on and enters his mouth.

The whole thing doesn’t even take a minute, but Rex’s pain-filled shrieking and the tears in his eyes makes it horrible for everyone. When Kix uses the pliers to pull out half the tooth, Rex passes out.

When he wakes up again, his face is throbbing but there’s no pain– he can’t feel half his face. He wants to sit up but is’t sure he even knows how. When Rex is finally able to roll his head over and examine his surroundings, cool saliva runs over his face. Then, he remembers.

“Kith!” What the hell? Why can’t he talk? “Kith–wha…wha thith you thoo?!” He feels like an idiot because he’s obviously drooling all over himself and he can’t talk and he’s pretty sure the shinies are laughing at him (and that Hardcase is encouraging them to do so). “Kith, wha…?”

“Finally took care of that bothersome tooth, Captain.” He actually has the nerve to smile. “You’ll be feeling normal in no time.”

“Puck you, Kith!”

Kix chuckles. “Not in front of the shinies, sir.”

Rex lunges–or tries to–at Kix. It comes off as more of a lazy arm swing. “Immunna courth-marthal you, you thupid methic.”

Rex has half a mind to actually do it, too. At that moment, he doesn’t care that his tooth no long bothers him or that he’d be pain-free for probably the rest of his life; he wants to see Kix burn. “Imunna get you, methic…”

“Right, right–sure Rex.”