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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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