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    Default How many instruments do you play...

    I would like to know
    Is there anyone out there like me? I can pick up any instrument and play it well in as little as 30 minutes. I have mastered over 13 instruments....Please tell us How many you play...What your favorite is....and why....
    My favorite is the baritone...Because of the wonderful sound it makes and the virsitility of this wonderful instrument....You can play bass clef or treble....and you can play the main part or background.....And I love the way it feels in my hands and on my knee.

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    hi!
    trumpet is my main thing...but i sing tenor, play some lap & hammer dulicmer, banjo, woodwinds, percussion...i see & demo them each day because of my job.
    i do wonder about your definition of 'mastered'.

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    tuba is my main, but i also play trombone, baritone/euphonium, trumpet, bassoon, guitar, bass, and used to be able to play clarinet. looking to learn piano so i can finally get into melodic percussion. all i can really do is auxillary percussion. no battery though. ever. lol.

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    I play guitar, bass, piano, and I'm an amateur shakuhachi player and I sing. I would also say, in the spirit of Brian Eno, that the recording studio is my instrument. (I love classical music, but these days I mostly perform rock music these days and dabble in some more ambient music, electro-acoustic stuff).

    I've only take formal lessons on voice (my major in music school) and some piano.
    "There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law.” ~ Claude Debussy

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    Though a master at none I play:
    Native American Flute (build them too)
    Various Flutes from the world(Suling, Tambin,...)
    Mbira Dza Vadzihmu (Zimbabwe)
    Kora (West African Harp)
    Didgeridoo
    Various percussion instruments; Djembe, Hosho, Udu, Bilma (clap sticks for didg)...
    Dabble in Balaphone, Folk Harp,

    I play these instruments well enough that people always clap when I am finished ...not because I am good but because I am finished
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    I play the piano, organ, zimbelstern, and the radio.

    I have only mastered the last two .
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    OK my curiosity is stirred...
    What is a Zimbelstern?
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    I was not patient enough to wait for a reply, so thanx to the internet I now have a working knowledge of Zimbelstern.
    Not having much exposure to organs therefore little knowledge, where on the organ was this device located? Since the bells were played in a random fashion I would assume they were tuned such that no matter what chord/note was played the bell would sound "nice" with it?
    On modern organs is this device still mechanical or has it become electronic?
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    Hi hawk,

    Yes, unfortunately, this rarely used organ stop has become 'digital' in the past 10 years or so. Before, when it was purely a mechanical device, the organist pulled a stop (switch) on the organ console and air pressure would drive a carousel of little dangling bars, which would then hit the edges of a set of 5 to 8 tuned bells. Used only during very quiet passages in organ literature, mostly Noels, it's fun to for me as an organist to use it and watch the listeners twist and turn their heads trying to figure out what the sound is and where it is coming from.

    Location of the Zimbelstern was either exposed (plain view) or hidden inside one of the organ chambers. You are correct about the 'tuning' - one could play a piece in any key and it would blend nicely with these little tinkly bells.
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    Hi Kh,

    Thanks for the info on this instrument.
    Are there still mechanical Zimbelsterns being used?
    I would imagine that the difference between digital and mechanical might be somewhat indistinguishable to the untrained ear but for someone such as your self is there a difference?
    Can you suggest any recordings where I might hear a Zimbelstern or Glockenstern?
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    I have played accordion, Steel string guitar, Classical Guitar and Mandolin. I mastered none but I was passable. But I stopped all several years ago but I have started playing classical guitar again and if all goes well I will start taking violin lessons sometime in the spring

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    Yes, there are musicians like you. I can knock out a reasonably in-tune scale and do a few diatonic tunes on pretty much any instrument.

    Ive performed in public, over the years, on these instruments:
    flute, oboe, english horn, clarinets, bass clarinet, alto, tenor + bari saxes;
    fife, recorders, bombarde, ciaramella, tin whistle, bugle, harmonica,
    Elec. Guitar, Acoustic guitar, elec Bass Guit, String Bass, Mandolin,
    percussion + keyboards
    (altho Im not 'quality' on the brasses & orchestral strings, I can manage a few tunes.)

    I currently play professionally the:
    Great Highland Bagpipe
    Irish Uilleann pipes
    Italian Zampogna
    Musette Bechonnet

    and occasionally play the :
    North african pipes
    Medieval pipes (3 kinds)
    Bulgarian Kaba Gaida bagpipe
    Scottish small pipes
    Breton Biniou Kozh

    Pipes are completely addictive. Infact its an identifiable medical syndrome: BAD (bagpipe acquisition disorder)

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    Hey ChasR,
    Since I love the flute do you think it is just a F.A.D. Too bad I do not play violin though it would be S.A.D and my percussion isn't good,guess I have to blame D.A.D
    Ok I better stop before you all get M.A.D (Musicians Agressive Disorder)
    Peace
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    I've played piano since I was a L.A.D. and now, IMHO, am pretty good at it (I'm actually in the process of recording a CD of piano improvisations). Along with the keys, I play guitar and harmonica, but am planning on learning banjo and maybe hammered dulcimer this year.
    Take a look at the Bandit's blog, Americana Avenue.

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    Piano (working on Gr. 7) Saxophone(working on Gr. 6)Clarinet (working on Gr. 8)

    In preferrence order. I started learning the piano first, and as i progressed i just began to like it more and more and also the vast and varied repertoire availiable is another attraction.

    Although i learnt clarinet before Sax, i still enjoy saxophone more, and with my commitments with piano i don't get chance to practice as much as i'd like anyway

    I'd also like to add how impressive you all are to play so many instruments and i'm sure to a high level. I'm green with envy lol
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