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#225536 01/08/06 02:13 PM
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OK for those of you not familiar with the ABC game here's the rules:
the first person starts off with a word beginning with the letter "A" , then the next begins withe the letter "B" , then "C" and so on. So if we were doing animals it would go something like;
Ant
Bear
Cat, etc.

But we are playing instruments - these can be of the symphony, marching band, jazz, remote countries, whatever. If you put up an "interesting" instrument, however, please tell us a little bit about it. And even those that are relatively well known - put what group they belong to (brass, woodwinds, percussion, etc.) someone who doesn't know music might wander in here and get interested!
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Autoharp
Also known as a zither, its often used in folk music and bluegrass, is a handheld instrument (well, more like lap-held) it looks kind of like a cross between a mini-harp and the insides of a piano. And its been around since the 1880s.
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Bassoon - woodwinds, tenor range


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Claves - Wooden sticks rapped together for percussion. A very early instrument, still used in orchestras and in much world and folk music.

A picture of claves:

http://larkinthemorning.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_PER017_A_Rosewood+Claves_E_

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Okay, I have to put

Didgeridoo!

(Yay! I get to talk about didges...) I just gave my hubby one of these for the holidays.

A didgeridoo, for anyone who doesn't know, is a long, hollowed out piece of tree branch or trunk, usually from a Eucalyptus tree. The hollowing out is done by termites, leaving just a shell that creates the most incredible vibration when blown through, or even by hitting one end with a flat hand. There is a skill to the blowing, and also a need to train yourself to do "circular breathing" which means that you breathe in through your nose while continuously blowing out through your mouth so as not to interrupt the sound.


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Erhu - A Chinese two-stringed instrument that is bowed like a fiddle, has a resonator head and is held vertically.

A picture of an erhu:

http://larkinthemorning.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_CHI056_A_Erhu_E_

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Did you know that much of the music in "Lord of the Rings" was done using the Didgeridoo? They composers loved the hauntingly beautiful melody that it played, and thought it fit with the enchanted characters and surroundings. It definitely worked!

Ok, we're on "F"

French Horn - brass section - lovely tenor to baritone sounds, also beautiful to look at, it can be recognized by its circular shape that comes around on itself. Often seen on Christmas ornaments for some reason. (One of those useless bits of trivia I have floating around in my head that need to escape from time to time!)


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Gamelan - an orchestra unto itself, the gamelan is a set of bells and drums played in various Indonesian islands and other parts of the South Pacific. Because you have to actually have the whole setup, it's rare to see an authentic Gamelan performance in the U.S. I know that Wesleyan College (in CT) and Cornell University (in NY) have gamelans, but I'm not sure who else has them.

Here's some pics of a full-on gamelan setup:

http://www.gamelan.co.uk/gallery.html

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Harmonica - never played one it just came to mind.


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Iyailu - an African "talking drum", it has drum heads on both sides which are connected by cables, so squeezing it in different ways makes it produce different tones because the drum heads get looser or tighter depending. These tones can actually carry different messages.

Here's a pic of an iyailu:

http://www.westmusic.com/ProductDetails.aspx?id=126&prodid=201423

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No responses in a coupla days... is everyone stuck on J? I'll go twice in a row, if that's cool:

Jaw Harp - also known as a Jaw's Harp, Jew Harp or Jew's Harp, this is a folk instrument that's actually surprisingly common. It's a small metal frame with a little flapper which you hold in your mouth. You flap the flapper and it resonates, using your open mouth as a sound chamber. Changing the shape of your mouth will get you slightly different tones, but the jaw harp is mainly used as a drone.

Picture of a Jaw Harp:

http://larkinthemorning.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_JAW007G_A_Guaranteed+Jaw+Harp%2C+G_E_

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#225547 01/31/06 10:18 PM
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Okay, I could seriously play this game by myself for, like, years.....

Kora - An instrument common among the Mandinka people of western Africa. It's a 21-stringed harp made from a Calabash gourd.....

On the right-hand side of this page, you can hear some samples:

http://www.onqueueartists.com/diabate.html

Pretty impressive for a big pumpkin, a broom handle, and 21 pieces of fishing line, all played with only 2 fingers off each hand!!!!

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LOL, thanks Megan for keeping this thread going while I was out!

I'll toss in one.

Lute - a plucked string instrument made, traditionally, entirely of wood with the exceptions of the strings. Even the pegs for tuning are made of wood. It's rather oval shaped on the bottom, and unlike a guitar or violin does not have an open chamber, but a thinned out grille over which the strings are, um well strung! <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />


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Mandolin - a descendant of the lute, the mandolin has 8 strings, tuned in 4 sets of 2 unison strings in GDAE tuning, typically. Played in classical music as well as Irish music, bluegrass, old-time, and many more.

It's always fun to ask mandolin players "So, how's your Mandolin Handlin'?"

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I had to search on the internet for an instrument that starts with "n".

Naals, or Naal Drum
Wooded two-headed drum. Originates in India.

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I honestly hate the letter "N" in all games played on this forum, LOL! It is the hardest letter to find things for, and that seems ridiculous!

OK - oboe <img src="/images/graemlins/tongue2.gif" alt="" />, the horrid double reed instrument that everyone hates, but when someone can play it, it is lovely.


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Oh I'm so glad I'm not the only who couldn't come up with an N instrument!


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N isn't that hard... I mean, there are the exceedingly common Northumbrian Smallpipes, the ever-popular Nyckelharpa and the perennial favorite, the Norwegian Tusselfloyte. Okay, I'm kidding, but I really didn't make any of those up.

Okay, Q:

Quanoon - An Egyptian and Arabic dulcimer. (also spelled qanoon)

Picture of a Quanoon:

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R is surprisingly tricky for musical instruments, so I'm gonna do two in a row again because no one seems to be jumping in.

Rumba Box - A thumb piano (mbira) in the low bass register. It basically looks like a large wooden box that has a row of metal flappers on it, which, when struck, sound sort of like an upright bass. You play it by sitting on it and plucking the flappers. It's common in early (pre-reggae) Jamaican folk music, though it's from Africa originally, where thumb pianoes are common. It's also sometimes called the marimbula.

Here's a pic (from my favorite instrument store, Lark in the Morning.... order a free catalog from them, they're sooooo neat!):

http://larkinthemorning.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_MAR173_A_Marimbula_E_

Okay, now "S" should be pretty easy....

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Saxophone. Whoo hoo!


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timpani - I love these drums, they stir my whole body and soul! <img src="/images/graemlins/music.gif" alt="" />


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Uilleann Pipes (pronounced ILL-in)... a type of Irish bagpipes (they're a little bit less harsh than the more common Scottish Highland Pipes)

http://larkinthemorning.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_BAG240_A_Uilleann+Pipe+Full+Set+and+case_E_

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Washboard - also called rubboard, scrubboard, frottoir.... a simple old-fashioned ridged washboard scraped with a spoon to get a percussive sound. A great example of alternate-use percussion instruments (like spoons, triangle, cowbell, etc.). Nowadays, it's mostly used in Zydeco music, where the washboard has been modified to be worn as a vest.

Here's a pic of a washboard player ("Caveman" from Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie):

http://www.ritmoartists.com/Images/Geno/Cave001.JPG

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Xylophone! <img src="/images/graemlins/music.gif" alt="" />

LOL - This is the one thread where it was actually easy to come up with an "X" word! <img src="/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />


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Ooops! I didn't realize that we weren't done!

Yaraki - Another word for the didgeridoo.

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ZITHER-an instrument having from 30 to 40 strings over a shallow horizontal sounding box and played with plectrum and fingers.

My dad had one, and I used to pay it when I was a kid. Eventually sold it as an antique. [needed the cash at the time!]


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