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i've been tootling along on my tenor for about a month to six weeks now.

at first, i was just really amazed at how easy it was to just whip up and down a scale and how great it sounded. but then, i started playing along to cd's - about a week ago - and my technique has taken a quantum leap! it's rather amazing at how quickly i progressed just from that.

now, i'm going to go to a jam session i set up. two bass players, a drummer and me. i'm a huge, massive ornette coleman fan, and by that i don't mean i'm obese.
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Whoa the f*** up there horsey!!!


Fist things first, G'day and welcome and all that.

just to clear the air here, Hak wasn't really having a go at you....until you got stroppy and started carrying on like a big girl's blouse. He's not a Richardhead, he's a nice bloke, and even after you've had a go at him,he'll still offer you all the help in the world. Pull your head in.

Just a few tips, from one Aussie to another.

1. We are outnumbered on this forum by a zillion to one.

2. Most of the other people around here don't understand 50% of what we write. So it often happens, that people read things into a post that were not intended. Next thing you know, it's handbags at 10 paces.

3. Of the remaining 50% that do understand our language and colloquialisms, 45% of these find our humour incredibly offensive. The other 5% think were mad as a cut snake.

4. As an Aussie you are statistically 13.275 times more likely to be banned from this forum as omembers of other nationalities.

5. Most of the good horns and parts to keep them running, come from overseas. Many overseas sellers will only sell and ship locally. That's where having friends and contacts in the worldwide sax community pays a huge dividend. Making friendly with the Seppos and the Poms and the Krauts and the Frogs and the Dagoes, and the ***** and the Micks, etc, is just plain helpful. So try not to insult everyone, you never know when you'll need a friend. I'm proud to say I have friends in all the 3rd world countries I listed above. :D

6. The guys that play the Wangaratta Jazz festival are probably pretty decent players. Unless you spend big $$$ and get them all "smashed as a crab on a rock", you're gonna be in over your head. Big bollocks to you for having a go, but don't be upset at someone trying to offer a friendly warning. Just do the Aussie thing and have a laugh.

7. Don't listen to a word I've said. I'm probably not the best source of wisdom around here, on matters concerning forum behaviour.

Anyhow, welcome mate and do the right thing and drop Hak a PM.
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Aye, but reply you will. And sooner rather than later methinks. ;)

Despite your teenage protestations of "whatever," you do care, otherwise you wouldn't have blogged. Just because you didn't get the response you wanted, is no reason to carry on like a pork chop. You're Australian fer chrissakes. Get over it and get on with it. Nobody here is out to get you. You asked the question and got an honest answer. What did you expect? There's guys here that have been playing professionally since before you and I were born. Did you really think they were gonna blow their load over some newbie who's been playing for 4 months?

Put it behind you and get on with the game before you give the rest of us Aussies a bad reputation. :D
jrvinson45 said:
I was just thinking earlier today that I kinda missed your "Shaft" avatar... nevermind, I never realized that I had become an avid cricket fan! You just got my vote for best avatar!:D :D :D :cheers: :cheers:
Her name is Lara Bingle. She was just another blonde, until she got picked as the face of the "where the bloody hell are you?" tourist campaign. Now she's a famous blonde and is attached to Michael Clarke, a promising young member of the Australian cricket team, who should have his mind on the current test series, rather than expending all his energy on young Lara.

Here's pics of the lovely Lara.

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Bernards20040 said:
Ahhh the lovely Lara :D
I had to change my avatar for the cricket season too:D
And a great avatar it is too!!!

Sir David Boon. a.k.a "Boony"

For those of you unfamiliar with "Boony" here's just one more reason to move to the Land of Oz. Only in Australia. Read on...

Opened the batting for Australia

Player of the series in 1987

Holder of the world record for most beers consumed on the flight from Sydney to London.

"Boon achieved much fame and notoriety for consuming 52 cans of beer on a flight from Sydney to London[9] before the victorious 1989 Ashes tour that saw Australia regain the trophy after five years of English dominance; the previous record had been held by Rod Marsh, who it is believed consumed 45 cans, although there is conjecture as to whether Marsh actually finished can #45, and some believe his attempt only equalled the record of 44 cans set by Doug Walters. Another passionate report of said record claims Boon finished 54 drinks totalling around 19.5 litres of beverages @ 5% alcohol (per 375ml serve), the majority of which consumed at such an altitude that the effects of the alcohol were doubled [10]. Boon is often jokingly referred to as the "Keg on Legs" because of his legendary drinking exploits and dogged, iconoclastic batting displays. He is a unique interview guest, often giving short, clipped, amiable answers to every question."

It's worth noting that all the blokes mentioned in the above Wikipedia quote, were members of the Australian cricket team. Legends all of 'em.

Boony is now a national selector of the Australian Cricket Team. Which means he and a couple of other blokes, get paid big $$$, to travel around the world, drink beer, watch the cricket, and stay in fancy hotels.

Not bad for a short fat bloke from an island full of inbreds just off the coast of Australia.
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