Jim Parsons Learns The Theremin
Back in Season 4, Jim Parsons’ character Sheldon Cooper was supposed to play the Theremin. Rather than fake or act out the scene, the actor learned how to play the Theremin in real life.
In addition to this instrument, Jim Parsons is also an accomplished piano player. Whenever you see Sheldon Cooper playing piano or keyboard, that’s the actor playing the instrument.
In this newest episode, Parsons plays the trumpet in a dream sequence.
Laid Back Sheldon, The Smooth Jazz Player
After Sheldon Cooper reveals that he needs for everyone to save 80 potential dates for their wedding, it’s clear he’s starting to lose it. That night, he even begins to speak out loud while he’s sleeping next to Amy Farrah Fowler.
In a dream sequence, Sheldon Cooper is a laid-back version of himself. He tells Amy not to worry about the empty box of Apple Jacks and even says the word, “Whatev…” about missing cereal.
But that’s when things take a turn.
An Accomplished Keyboard / Piano Player
Sheldon Cooper then pulls out a trumpet and tells his lady how much he loves smooth jazz. Laid back Sheldon is unlike anything we’ve ever seen, which means playing a new instrument.
There’s no evidence that Jim Parsons learned the trumpet for this scene, as the scene was so quick it’s difficult to tell whether or not he was playing, but it’s likely that he learned the proper movements since Parsons is so dedicated to the role.
In addition to these two musicians, Johnny Galecki is a cello player, and Mayim Bialik also plays the harp. All of these actors have used their talents on the show at different points to highlight their skills and inner-nerdisms.
It’s unlikely we’ll see too much more of Laid Back Sheldon the smooth jazz player, seeing as it nearly killed him on the show. This led to Sheldon passing the wedding planner baton off to Amy so he can focus on his work and relax by not relaxing.
Did you know Jim Parsons played all of these instruments for real?