Questions tagged [instruments]

For questions about generalities about instruments or groups of instruments.

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What is this blowing instrument used in the acoustic cover of “Taekwondo” by “Walk off the Earth”?

At around 1:44 of the acoustic cover of Taekwondo by "Walk of the Earth", the musicians play a blowing instrument. What instrument is this?
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Do vintage guitars really sound better with age? Or is this perception affected by selection bias?

Guitars are often said to sound better with age. How much of it is due to worse-sounding guitars being discarded before they reach vintage age?
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What Musical Instrument is this? [closed]

So I came across this Snarky Puppy's video and I saw an instrument that I'm not familiar with. Hoping you guys could tell me what's this instrument called? Thanks!
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Are there any instruments that don't produce overtones?

Essentially all instruments produce overtones, which are frequencies other than the dominant frequency of the note. -- How do harmonics work? The use of "essentially" there got me thinking. Are ...
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Genetic limitations to learn certain instruments

This is something that has bothered me for quite a while. I frequently participate in instrument demonstrations for children. My focus is on wind instruments but I'm also curious about others. What I ...
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Is there a lightweight keyboard piano that doesn't require any energy supply?

Is there a type of keyboard that doesn't require batteries or any electricity of any kind? also one that is extremely portable like a guitar? It should also sound like a normal piano without any ...
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Do cold/hot drinks have any effect on woodwinds and brass performers?

Hey, I saw this question and I immediately remembered one or two teachers that kept saying that drinking cold/hot drinks before and/or during playing any woodwind or brass instrument was a bad thing, ...
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Pitch and Volume Compensations for Different Instruments

I'm curious if various instruments require that the player compensate in any way (in terms of technique, e.g., force used to bow, force used to blow, or embouchure alterations) when playing low vs. ...
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Bass scale length pros and cons [duplicate]

For the last two years I’ve been seriously learning the guitar as my second instrument. I also bought a used low quality bass that I have been playing for the last 6 months or so. I am really enjoying ...
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Beginner looking to learn/master musical theory and instrumental ability. Where should I begin? [closed]

I have always had a subtle but under the hood feel that music is for me. I've never trained myself nor had any real dedicated musical practice, but I have composed music on my computer. What I don't ...
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Which instruments (besides piano) are in one to one correspondence with its range of notes? [closed]

We know that for each note in a piano's range, there is only one key pertaining to that note. This is in contrast to, say, a guitar where there are multiple ways to play, say, middle C. Are there ...
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After Apple nerfed GarageBand (10.3.2), how do you add or import other instrument libraries?

I noticed that GarageBand appears to have lost the ability to import other instruments or libraries. Is there a way to import third party instruments into GarageBand in 10.3? Along those lines, ...
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What are the musical instruments that have the sounding range that has at least all notes on this range A#1-C5?

What are the musical instruments that have the sounding range that has at least all notes on this range A#1-C5? The instrument can go up to C6, or down to c0, it just need to have all the notes on A#1-...
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What is this instrument called and can you give me suggestions which one to buy if i am a beginner? [closed]

I really want to learn this instrument, but I dont know how it is called those are two youtube videos that people are using the instrument - and this one ...
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What is the oldest instrument ever?

What is the oldest musical instrument played other than the human voice, but body parts are acceptable? Did Neanderthals use instruments to play music?
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Do uilleann pipes have a “louder” lower D?

I’ve always loved the skirl of the uilleann pipes ever since I first heard it used in the James Horner’s Titanic OST as a kid. I don’t know much of anything about the instrument (or bagpipes generally)...
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how to play midi keyboard on windows? [duplicate]

First, let me say I am an absolute newbie. I have a couple of Yamaha keyboards and wish to play other instruments than just the voices that come with it. I found questions like this answered, How to ...
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Properties of a very low pitched natural horn?

I would linke to aquire a natural horn to play a very low pitched tone. I am not educated in music, so I don't even know how to describe the tone in a correct way (is it "low pitched"?), but I found a ...
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Trumpet low C♯ and D

Most trumpets' low C♯ and D are too high, and need correcting by pulling the 1st of 3rd valve. My first understanding was that the distance between tones in the lower register is larger than between ...
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Right piano pedal is bright

The piano at my home has three pedals, and the one at the right is brighter and shinier than the other two. What has happened? Is it normal?
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The variety of all transposing instruments

A recent question on tuning saxophones caused me to wonder on the variety of transposing instruments. Here's some that I already know: C - Non-transposing or by whole octaves. At concert pitch - too ...
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There is an instrument similar to Meowsic Cat Piano, but with Chicken sounds?

I'm working on a game with chickens and I would love to have the chickens sing songs, pretty similar to Gonzo Chickens from "Muppets show". But I'm having a hard time finding a way to do it. I found ...
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Second hand piano is out of tune by a whole tone

I just recently bought an acoustic piano. Sounded really good when we tested it out at seller's place. Now after playing a bit the keys sound off by one note (middle c would sound like d, d sounds ...
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Did Stravinsky and Craft have a dual piano built?

I remember being told 20 years or so ago that Igor Stravinsky used to compose with Robert Craft as an in-person assistant to play things together as they were being composed. I also remember being ...
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Is the bagpipe a transposing instrument?

Until this morning I was under the impression that the bagpipe is a D♭ transposing instrument, thus a written C would sound like a D♭, a written A would sound like a B♭, etc. Now I see (check the ...
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What is this trumpet attachment called?

Last night, I was watching a television special featuring American music. I noticed that a trumpet player in the band had something attached to her instrument. It appears that the valves of the ...
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How much louder than an upright is a small grand piano?

I now have a kawai upright (height 135cm) and I'd like to upgrade to a small grand piano (around 170 cm I think). I'm wondering how much louder it will be. I don't really need a louder piano, my ...
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What instrument is playing in the middle of this song? [closed]

There's some kind of flute playing in this song from 2:18 to 2:40 but they don't show the player so I'm not sure. What instrument is that?
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What is causing this weird distortion coming from my amp?

Here is the sound I'm talking about. I get this sound, unless I strum ridiculously lightly, on different amp volume settings, with no gain, but is seems to become ...
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How do you ream a conical bore when making a woodwind instrument?

There isn't a lot of documentation on how reaming woodwind instruments works, and how you do it. Is there a specific method to making a smooth conical bore, like in that of an oboe? I've seen people ...
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Can I leave an accordion for 1 night in a car while its freezing outside?

I'm taking my accordion on a road trip and I need to leave it in a car while I'm camping outside. Its going to be below freezing at night, 25F. Its a used vintage accordion that did not cost me much ...
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Which clarinet model/brand should I buy as a beginner [closed]

I'm considering to buy a Clarinet. As a beginner who already plays trumpet which brand/model should I pick ? Here are a few examples of what I have been offered so far : Yamaha Jupiter Taishan ...
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How can it be explained that the natural fifth of an euphonium is not in the “natural fifth pitch?

I practice with 3 different Euphoniums, a brass-instrument like a small tuba. One of them - a Yamaha training instrument with 4 valves in a row - has a bad intonation at the natural fifth (upper G) ...
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instruments you can make at home

Some of the children I teach have expressed an interest in music and learning to play. I am thinking about how I can help them do a sort of arts-and-crafts music day, where we could make some ...
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Which wind instruments are a problem with braces?

Which wind instruments are a problem with braces? Please make a list showing the relative difficulties. Clarification: I am also interested in what most people would consider minor inconveniences. ...
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Building an electric guitar from scratch

I want to make an electric guitar by myself from scratch. How can I do this?
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How did Rameau's Treatise on Harmony (1722) influence the mass production of musical instruments?

Rameau's Treatise on Harmony (1722) initiated a revolution in music theory but in what ways did that translate into popularizing music ... particularly the mass production of musical instruments? ...
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Does anything (permanently) change in brand new brass instruments after playing them for a period?

My former teacher used to send new instruments to a professional to play them for a week or so before giving them to students. He said it was to tune it. However, I can't see how a metallic object ...
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What are these instruments? adkhor-pondour, damkech, enietkoutchine, joujjalka, sybyzgui, taura

I'm trying to find info on some instruments from an ethnographic set of music from the former USSR area. Namely: adkhor-pondour - Chechen damkech - Azerbaijani enietkoutchine - Siberian joujjalka - ...
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Differences between trumpet mouth pieces

How much difference does having a specific mouthpiece have? I have an 11B4. I understand what the different names mean but what difference does a deeper mouthpiece for example have on tone/resonance?...
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Small instrument to check my sight singing [closed]

I practice sight singing in the morning. I need some way to check if what I vocalize is correct. What is very small instrument I can do it with (barring a smartphone that I don't want to turn on in ...
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Keyboard sounds which begin before the audible beat: are they playable?

I often hear sounds and think "boy, would that be a cool sound for playing a tune on a keyboard." But, often the sounds begin substantially before where the understood "downbeat" would be. An example ...
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What is this Japanese bell instrument used on “Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”?

at 0:56 the bells are playing the main melody. I hear this type of bell a lot in Japanese songs. What is this instrument called ?
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Size difference between Baritone Horn and Euphonium

I know that the Baritone is different from the Euphonium because it has a narrower bore and sharper taper, esp. in British bands, but my question is are there precise measurements that define whether ...
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How do I turn a regular instrument into electric (with aux port, etc)

Once I get a waterphone I was wondering if I would be able to get a kit or something that would let me plug it into my PC to record it. Would this be feasible for someone who has no experience with ...
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What instrument gives the sound of artillery?

I am in the midst of composing a piece in which I want the sound of artillery. What musical instrument can give this sound? (I am excluding actual artillery pieces and recordings of shots)
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Is a wind-string instrument (such as the one I will explain) acoustically possible?

I've always had this concept of an instrument, but I am wondering if such an instrument is even acoustically possible. The instrument is a tube, like most other woodwinds, but inside of the tube is a ...
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What are the technical measures of a tenor recorder?

A friend wants to make a tenor recorder from scratch (he is already a gaita maker), and asked me for the technical measures to do it, I searched through the web but couldn't found any complete ...
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Sound changes: Putting curves or bends into a straight horn

I have some straight bell horns that are 26" and 29". They are powered by air compression tanks and have a very deep tone. I'm curious as to how bends in the horn would change it. Would they then need ...
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How do I rename an instrument in OpenMPT?

How do I rename an instrument?