FAQ

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HOW DID YOU START TO PLAY THE THEREMIN?

I've been playing the instrument since the age of 7. My parents are musicians and artists themselves, focused on electronic music. They bought my first theremin, a Big Briar 91A.

WHICH MODEL DO YOU PLAY AT THE MOMENT?

I currently play the Etherwave Pro by Moog. I also own an Etherwave Plus by Moog with the "Pitch Extension Module" by Thierry Frenkel which I use as a back-up instrument.


Theremin

WHICH INSTRUMENT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FOR ME TO BUY?

Since the Etherwave Pro by Moog is not being made any longer, I would recommend the Etherwave Standard or Plus theremin by Moog. I would then highly recommend to install the "Pitch Extension Module" ESPE01 by Thierry Frenkel, it will considerably raise the quality of your instrument.

WHICH EFFECT DOES THE ESPE01 BY THIERRY FRENKEL HAVE?

The ESPE01 module consists of a small electronic circuit that is installed onto the circuit board of the Etherwave Standard or Plus. It adds 2 octaves in the bass register and also improves the linearity of the pitch field. Additionally is smoothens the timbre. This is especially noticeable in the low register, where the original design can have quite a harsh timbre.


Equipment

WHICH SPEAKER DO YOU USE?

Basically it is best to use a full range active speaker, not a guitar or bass amp. Currently I'm playing with the SR JAM 150 - STW 250 Akustik Amp + Subbass. For a small and cheaper option I would recommend the Yamaha MSP 5 Studio speaker.

WHICH EFFECT UNITS DO YOU USE?

I currently use the PS-6 Harmonist, DD-7 Digital Delay, and RC-50 Loop Station by Boss and the Hummingbird Tremolo by Earthquaker Devices.

WHICH CHAIR AND STAND DO YOU USE?

Since I'm playing sitted, I use the KM 14044 stool (adjustable hight) or a similar model. For the Etherwave Standard/Plus theremin I use the KM 252 microphone stand (without the arm), because you can set it much lower than usual microphone stands.


Learn

HOW CAN I BOOK A LESSON (IN PERSON OR ONLINE)?

I offer lessons worldwide in person or online via video chat. Just have a look at my Lessons page. There you can see the dates available and book a lesson directly. Subscribe to our newsletter to be informed about lessons in person in your town.

CAN I USE YOUR PLAYING TECHNIQUE ON THE THEREMINI BY MOOG?

I think the Theremini is a fun instrument for musicians who want to create cool sounds and scales. I don't believe it is a instrument for classical music, my playing technique would only work very limited on this instrument.

DO I NEED TO KNOW YOUR PLAYING TECHNIQUE FOR THE FIRST LESSON?

No, it is not necessary. It is great, if you already have some knowledge, but we can work on it during the lesson.

IS IT NECESSARY TO BE ABLE TO READ MUSIC WHEN YOU PLAY THE THEREMIN?

It definitely helps and I would recommend you to learn it. But for the first lessons there are exercises which we can do without reading any music.

How long does it take to learn the theremin?

For playing the theremin it is important to have a good sense of your body and hearing, and to work on a precise playing technique. At the best you can learn a scale in 2 hours with professional guidance. Thus the theremin is not harder to learn than any other instrument.