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Musical instruments and gender... watch

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    As a Musician, I thought this might make for an interesting thread...

    From what I, and many others have observed, there is definitely a stereotype, or even stigma, attached to playing certain instruments, by gender. I wish there wasn't such a stigma attached to certain instruments, but it seems to be pretty well the case.

    So three questions really:
    -Have you guys noticed a similar trend?
    -Why do you think this is the case?
    -What instruments would you classify as having a Masculine/ Feminine/ Gender Neutral image or reputation?

    Based purely on observation and reputation, these are the most common pop/ orchestral/ band/ jazz instruments, I would classify as having "gender connotations" attached to them:

    Very Feminine instruments:
    -Flute and Piccolo

    Slightly feminine instruments:

    Gender neutral instruments:
    -Alto and Soprano Saxophone
    -French Horn

    Slightly masculine instruments:
    -Guitar (acoustic and electric)
    -Tenor and Baritone Saxophone
    -Double Bass

    Very Masculine instruments:
    -Brass band horns, i.e Tenor, Baritone Horn etc.
    -Bass Guitar

    This does seem to be changing however, I have noticed a lot more boys playing Flute, and girls playing Trombone for example. One of the best drummers I've known was a very pretty girl at Uni

    Discuss. And no trolling please

    I'm a female tenor horn player, in fact the entire horn section in my brass band is female! I do see your point though with some of them, there is probably some investigating needing to be done

    I consider bass guitar fairly neutral. I think mallet instruments are fairly feminine too.

    That's all rather sexist of you.😱
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