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    Default Vuvuzela as "brass" instrument?

    During last year's World Cup I bought a vuvuzela from WorldSoccerShop.com. When I got it in the mail I discovered it was collapsible (and it's portability allowed me to sneak it into last year's US Open in NY).

    After fooling around with it, I discovered I can some notes on it, roughly an octave-and-a-half: G2-D4. (I can also play a G4.) Here are some of my attempts at playing some music:

    The Star-Spangled Banner:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wLBaDtNwUg

    La Marseillaise
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1jIi5pyqm0

    Star Wars theme:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_7sPTm8Ypo

    Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" (excerpt):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkvZLxMhqlE

    Telemann Trumpet Concerto in D major (TWV 51 D7)
    1st movement, Adagio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j3puC--zyk
    2nd movement, Allegro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbkiJOTV_Zo
    4th movement, Allegro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4N-O2-R-iM

    Stravinsky's Rite of Spring (excerpt from the introduction to the first part):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an8XFgWjyuM
    Last edited by bachtothefuture; Mar-17-2011 at 10:09.

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    Good effort on your part and I'm glad you've had musical fun but their deafening omnipresence at the World Cup soured the whole bloody competition for me. If I don't see or hear one at a sporting event ever again it won't be too soon.

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    You had a little too much spare time on your hands, didn't you?

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    Congratulations, you reinvented the trombone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasa View Post
    Congratulations, you reinvented the trombone.
    A less complex trombone that's cheaper to mass-produce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kopachris View Post
    A less complex trombone that's cheaper to mass-produce.
    ... and which sounds JUST as nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delicious Manager View Post
    ... and which sounds JUST as nice
    This earns you a place in the sixth circle of hell. True story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    Good effort on your part and I'm glad you've had musical fun but their deafening omnipresence at the World Cup soured the whole bloody competition for me. If I don't see or hear one at a sporting event ever again it won't be too soon.
    I might be the only person that liked them at the World Cup. Firstly, I actually liked the droning, noise cloud sound of hundreds of them all at different pitches and then later in the tournament the crowd got more adept and started blowing in rhythms. Secondly, I think they gave that WC a real distinguishing feature and the instrument and the event have become linked in my memory, so when I hear or see one I think of the other.

    Unfortunately, it was a **** WC for England and a poor one for goals in general, so it's not really that good to be reminded of.

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    I hate this thing. Hahaha.

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