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Instrumentation Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Instrumentation

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Now, the instrumentation in the jazz band and the jazz
dance band has gone through many evolutions.
For instance, in the 'twenties the tradition was two or three saxophones.
- Gerry Mulligan

Because of my Portuguese heritage, I have an interest
in all of the instrumentation that comes from Portugal and Brazil as well.
- Nelly Furtado

We can't afford big symphonies but we commission works
that sound rich and symphonic because of the nature
of the instrumentation and the people we work with.
- Graeme Murphy

Well, yeah, I wanted to resist the urge to thicken
everything up with instrumentation,
because I just felt like I was interested in seeing
how the songs did on their own.
- Joanna Newsom

 

I'm getting ready to write a piece now,
and it's been six months thinking about it,
changing the instrumentation, changing the name,
doing more reading.
- John Zorn

No matter how great we get with digital formats of instrumentation,
nothing really quite duplicates the real thing.
- Michael Bolton

I don't think about the styles.
I write whatever comes out and I use whatever kind
of instrumentation works for those songs.
- Lenny Kravitz

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T Bone is genius.
The way they've recorded my voice and the instrumentation
to these songs is really quite extraordinary.
- Betty Buckley

We decided to do some of Merle's things with modern instrumentation.
We used a flute, a bass clarinet, a trumpet,
a clarinet, drums, a guitar, vibes and a piano.
- Tennessee Ernie Ford

Up till now I wrote the songs on my acoustic guitar alone with the Lord.
Then I would take the song and share it with my family
and then we all would figure out instrumentation together.
- Daniel Smith

Hopefully each film can be given a musical voice of its own,
which is not to say that the instrumentation is always unique,
but that the relationship between the sound and the image is unique.
- Carter Burwell

Usually one or two things happen: Either you have an idea straightaway -
the sort of sound that you want or the instrumentation
or one particular sound that you want to feature -
or you don't.
- Anne Dudley

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Gardening is an instrument of grace.
- May Sarton

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
- St Francis of Assisi

Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power
to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
- Ambrose Bierce

The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart.
The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.
- Carlos Santana

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning
the instrument as one goes on.
- Samuel Butler

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
...
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
- attributed to St. Francis of Assisi

There's a lot of music that sounds like it's literally computer-generated,
totally divorced from a guy sitting down at an instrument.
- Aimee Mann

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument.
He told me to knock myself out.
- Jay London

The fibers of all things have their tension
and are strained like the strings of an instrument.
- Henry David Thoreau

Every contrivance of man, every tool,
every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use,
of each and every kind, evolved from a very simple beginnings.
- Robert Collier

Everything that slows us down and forces patience,
everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature,
is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.
- May Sarton

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
- Rumi (Persian poet 1207-1273)

Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void.
Ripe, graphic fruits fall off.
My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will.
- Paul Klee

We really were a very musical family.
Father managed to buy us a small pump organ,
and I just loved this instrument.
- Lawrence Welk

Words should be employed as the means,
not the end; language is the instrument,
conviction is the work.
- Joshua Reynolds

Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers,
who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers.
- Simone Weil

I didn't want to get attached to one guitar;
I didn't want to have an instrument that was irreplaceable.
- Robin Trower

People have said to me, You can't write songs.
You can't play an instrument.
But I've got 10 gold records.
- Sonny Bono

There was a subtlety about Peggy Lee.
It was powerful.
There was a valuable use of space.
Everything was not cluttered.
Her voice was out front and was the key instrument.
- Rita Coolidge

You've got to learn your instrument.
Then, you practice, practice, practice.
And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand,
forget all that and just wail.
- Charlie Parker

But the guitar is my favorite, first and foremost instrument.
- Midge Ure

I play a musical instrument a little,
but only for my own amazement.
- Fred Allen

I use my voice as an instrument.
- Enya

The voice is an instrument that you really must take time to develop.
It's like a good red wine Give it time.
- Cecilia Bartoli

Every faculty and virtue I possess can be used as an
instrument with which to worry myself.
- Mark Rutherford

I wish I played an instrument, but I could never decide which one,
and I ended up playing nothing.
- Nastassja Kinski

I'm not here to battle anybody.
In the end it's just an instrument.
That shouldn't be a concept.
- Eric San

I listened to many different types of instruments and music,
and have always tried to look at the bass as an instrument
as opposed to only a bass.
- Billy Sheehan

I like to use the audience as my color palette,
my instrument.
- Bobby McFerrin

So the whole basis for jazz music is based on the fact
that the bass player could not play his instrument.
- Miroslav Vitous

I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament.
- Alanis Morissette

Piano playing is a dying art.
I love the fact that I can be one guy with one instrument
evoking an emotional and musical experience.
- Jon Bon Jovi

There is another common misapprehension that the magnitude
scale is itself some kind of instrument or apparatus.
Visitors will frequently ask to 'see the scale.'
- Charles Francis Richter

My voice is my improvisational instrument,
the melody instrument.
The guitar is harmonic structure.
I'm not a good enough guitarist to improvise on it.
- Paul Simon

Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy,
ought never to be the system of a regular government.
- Jeremy Bentham

The human voice is the most perfect instrument of all.
- Arvo Part

Learn your instrument.
Be honest.
Don't do anything phony.
There is so much crap floating around.
There is plenty of room for a bit of honest writing.
- Christine McVie

The method of political science is the interpretation of life;
its instrument is insight,
a nice understanding of subtle, unformulated conditions.
- Woodrow Wilson

Money is the kind of instrument which is very speedily produced.
- Anatoly Chubais

Reason transformed into prejudice is the worst form of prejudice,
because reason is the only instrument for liberation from prejudice.
- Allan Bloom

If you're a guitarist, you should not be intimidated
by using your instrument as a synthesizer,
but you shouldn't feel that you have to own one,
either.
- Andy Summers

The voice will guide you-will tell you what to do.
In order to do that, you must be quite sensitive with
the instrument and accept this daily conversation with your voice.
- Cecilia Bartoli

For me, the guitar synthesizer is a great writing instrument.
- Andy Summers

The state is nothing but an instrument of opression
of one class by another -
no less so in a democratic republic than in a monarchy.
- Friedrich Engels

My voice is an instrument.
- David Coverdale

The turntable is now an instrument at the Smithsonian.
- Ajay Naidu

The saxophone is an imperfect instrument,
especially the tenor and soprano, as far as intonation goes.
The challenge is to sing on an imperfect instrument
that is outside of your body.
- Stan Getz

Needless, heedless, wanton and deliberate injury of
the sort inflicted by Life's picture story is not an
essential instrument of responsible journalism.
- Abe Fortas

An house is of a double nature, viz.,
one, wherein it is a way and means of expence,
the other as it is an instrument and tool of gain.
- William Petty

Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement.
Properly understood and applied,
it is the most potent instrument of action.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Good taste - that's all you really need when you're playing an instrument.
- Kristin Hersh

We may be coming to a new golden age of instrument making.
- Yo-Yo Ma

I was a singer professionally when I was four years old,
and I did not really begin to play any instrument -
the first one,
of course, was drums - till I was about nine years old.
- Mel Torme

Television is an instrument which can paralyze this country.
- William Westmoreland

To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better
the faults to which this instrument with which we feel
and judge can be subject.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Great ambition, the desire of real superiority,
of leading and directing, seems to be altogether peculiar to man,
and speech is the great instrument of ambition.
- Adam Smith

Wit as an instrument of revenge is as infamous as art
is as a means of sensual titillation.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Being an actor means being an instrument for someone else.
I want to give myself completely.
- Catherine Deneuve


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