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Author:  Adrian [ Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:04 am ]
Post subject:  Who plays what?

I realise that many of us are multi instrumentalists but I'm never sure about who plays what. I thought it might be useful to have a list as a resource. For example, if I wanted to ask someone for advice on lets say a dulcimer or a duduk or how to use it in worship, then I would know who to talk to. We can put this list in the Toolbox later.

So, if you think it could be helpful please could you list your instruments and give an idea of how well or long you have been playing them. Electric and acoustic guitar are played quite differently so list them separately.


Adrian plays in descending order of ability:

Silver flute
Folk and ethnic flutes (bansuri etc)
Whistles
Recorders
Saxophone
NAF
Acoustic guitar - I'm especialy comfortable with my 12 string
Bass guitar
Keyboards

I play the following for fun but not well enough for performance

End blown ethnic flutes - (floghera, quena, kaval)
Clarinet
Mandolin
Duduk, bombard, shawm
Doumbek (Turkish drum) well enough to play on street outreaches
Harmonica
Drums

Author:  Cal [ Fri Jun 29, 2007 5:40 am ]
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Cool idea... I'll jump in.

Most proficient on...
whistles
wind controller (Yamaha WX5)
bass guitar
ocarina
keyboards
organ
melodica
upright bass
saxophone (esp tenor and baritone)
tuba
euphonium
bass trumpet


Some proficiency on...
wind controller (Akai EWI)
clarinet (esp bass and contrabass)
trombone
mallet percussion
some percussion, inc timpani, bass drum, etc.
NA flute
Suzuki Q-Chord

Really stink at but still trying...
Irish flute
cello
autoharp

If I remember more, I'll add them
:D

Author:  shadoes [ Fri Jun 29, 2007 6:09 am ]
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hehe man I want one of those wind controllers myself.

Okay I play in somewhat descending order

Voice
Bass guitar
whistle
guitar
keyboard
Djembe
harmonica
digiridoo

back in JR high I started on the Trumpet.

Author:  foothillsOH [ Fri Jun 29, 2007 7:02 am ]
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Hmmmmm.....

I play....
Voice
Mountain Dulcimer
Pennywhistle
Accoustic Guitar
organ (the least of my favs to play)
(edit.... Oh I forgot concertina)

On those rare occasions for entertainment purposes for kids.
in decending order....
limberjack
shakers
washboard
bones and spoons
boomwhackers

And what I should learn to play more of the instruments my dad made for me.
Hammer Dulcimer
Auto Harp
Bow Psaltery
Hog nose psaltery.


If I were to perfect all of these in a show my whole car would be full of instruments and it would take FOREVER to load em in and out!!!!! lol
However, I would NOT tote an organ around though...lol

Oh, in JRH... I played clarinet as well. Traded that in for my first Guitar in HS.

Author:  Ren-Tin-10 [ Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:49 am ]
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In descending order of proficiency:

Mountain Dulcimer
Pennywhistle
Bass Guitar
6-string Guitar
Keyboard
Voice
Fiddle
Recorder
Bodhran
Harmonica

foothillsOH wrote:
However, I would NOT tote an organ around though...lol


That's why they make electronic keyboards. ;)

foothillsOH wrote:
Oh, in JRH... I played clarinet as well. Traded that in for my first Guitar in HS.


I didn't play anything but the radio in JRH and HS. Took up guitar in college. Late bloomer here. :mrgreen:

Author:  TheSpoonMan [ Fri Jun 29, 2007 10:38 am ]
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Instruments I actually can say I play, if not well at all (descending skill):

SPOONS
Whistle
Mandolin
Silver flute
Harmonica
Scottish Smallpipes (mouthblown tho.. cheap plastic set)
Recorder

Instruments I can sound cool on for a few minutes but don't actually play (mostly because I don't own them), and look like a total phony to anyone who does really play them:

Guitar (I'm not good enough to actually differentiate between acousic and electric in my playing)
Bouzouki
Keyboard
Cello
Viola
Double Bass
Bass Guitar
Saxophone (if you give me 30 minutes alone with it to adjust to the whole... reed... thing)
Irish flute (again, time to adjust to the stretch)
Folk harp (never tried a Classical... they're scary)

Author:  RonKiley [ Fri Jun 29, 2007 11:13 am ]
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I play the following somewhat.

Whistle - mostle high
Flute - Irish keyless (learning)
Keyboard - learning

Instrument I used to play.

Acoustic Guitar
5 string Banjo - go ahead and make the jokes
Trumpet - 55 years ago

I claim no proficiency on any of these

Author:  Susi [ Fri Jun 29, 2007 1:18 pm ]
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Ok, so here's my list (again):

Instruments I can play fairly well (able to improvise etc, found my way around on the instrument):

Mandolin (Gold Tone GM70)
Fiddle (I have a Swedish-made, Vesterlund, and one no-name, probably German)
Irish bouzouki (a cheapy we bought by a dealer around here who sells banjos, mandolins and the likes)


Instruments that I can play a tune or two, or a few chords:

Acoustic guitar (Fender)
English concertina (An old Wheatstone)
Melodeon (2 row Castagnari)
Tin whistle (already mentioned)

Why play only one instrument when there are so many more of them out there???? ;)

Author:  ConnieS [ Fri Jun 29, 2007 1:27 pm ]
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Great idea!
We can count radio? :lol: Okay, then...order of proficiency...

RADIO!!
acoustic guitar with pedal for electric sound and with bottleneck slide for blues 8)
tinwhistle
keyboards
bass guitar
voice
tambourine and other hand-held percussion extras
mountain dulcimer
harmonica

Author:  foothillsOH [ Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:20 pm ]
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Ren-Tin-10 wrote:

foothillsOH wrote:
However, I would NOT tote an organ around though...lol


That's why they make electronic keyboards. ;)


Oh ya, I do own a keyboard. I never did get a sustain pedal for it.
However, still that would not be an organ.

Author:  jimwasson [ Fri Jun 29, 2007 8:02 pm ]
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Best to worst -

Alto saxophone
Whistles
Soprano saxophone (it's really quite different than alto)
Diatonic harmonica
Clarinet (skills rather oxidized)
Recorder

Very much a beginner on flute

Have also played, but do not currently have
Bass clarinet
Alto clarinet
Tenor saxophone
Electric bass guitar

Author:  Blackhawk [ Sat Jun 30, 2007 5:52 am ]
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Hmm, who plays what? Well, in order of my skill, best to worst:

chess
go (Japanese board game)
checkers
whistle

Author:  jimwasson [ Sat Jun 30, 2007 7:57 am ]
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Not naming any names here, but at least one of us has an incorrigible sense of humor.


























Actually, not sure this might not apply to all of us.

Author:  Kathy [ Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:22 am ]
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Well, I don't profess to be proficent at any of these, but I sure am havin fun messin around with them. :D In descending order of Best Messed with.

Mountain Dulcimer
Hammered Dulcimer
Whistle
Bowed Psaltery
Voice ( I sing all the time but not when too many people are around) ;)
Guitar
Autoharp

Kathy :)

Author:  Susi [ Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:28 am ]
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RonKiley wrote:
I play the following somewhat.

Whistle - mostle high
Flute - Irish keyless (learning)
Keyboard - learning

Instrument I used to play.

Acoustic Guitar
5 string Banjo - go ahead and make the jokes
Trumpet - 55 years ago

I claim no proficiency on any of these


Hey, you USED to play the 5 string? Why don't you anymore? You got fed up with the jokes?? :D I stopped laughing at them when my husband decided to get an oldtime banjer. But, those banjo players DO have funny faces..

Author:  Susi [ Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:29 am ]
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Kathy wrote:
Well, I don't profess to be proficent at any of these, but I sure am havin fun messin around with them. :D In descending order of Best Messed with.

Mountain Dulcimer
Hammered Dulcimer
Whistle
Bowed Psaltery
Voice ( I sing all the time but not when too many people are around) ;)
Guitar
Autoharp

Kathy :)


Sorry for another post, I hit Submit too fast. Just looked through your list, it looks like you should be quite much into oldtime music! Is that so?

Author:  Kathy [ Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:53 am ]
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zoukie wrote:
Kathy wrote:
Well, I don't profess to be proficent at any of these, but I sure am havin fun messin around with them. :D In descending order of Best Messed with.

Mountain Dulcimer
Hammered Dulcimer
Whistle
Bowed Psaltery
Voice ( I sing all the time but not when too many people are around) ;)
Guitar
Autoharp

Kathy :)


Sorry for another post, I hit Submit too fast. Just looked through your list, it looks like you should be quite much into oldtime music! Is that so?


I pretty much love all music. Well with the exception of that Rap stuff. Yes, I play mostly fiddle tunes, Hymns and folk music. I play Hymns the most though. (Grew up hearing them) I'm just learning to read music so I play alot by ear. Especially on the Whistle and the Psaltery. Tab is the greatest invention of all time. I guess it's just music written in another language. :D

Some of my favorite old time songs are "Goin To Boston", "Cripple Creek", "Black Mountain Rag", "Old Joe Clark"and "Wildwood Flower". I started a dulcimer club in my area in 2005. My friend and I teach 3 songs to the club each month during the first hour, a Hymn, a fiddle tune, and a folk or other well known song. Then the second hour we have a jam session playing all the songs that we have learned in the past. It's been a great time.

Do you get together with others to Jam?

Oh, I guess, we should probably take this over to another thread so we don't hijack Adrian's thread. ;)

Kathy :)

Author:  RonKiley [ Sat Jun 30, 2007 1:41 pm ]
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Well Zoukie first you have to know that I was born before world war II. It is difficult to play Guitar or Banjo with arthritic fingers. My guitar is a Martin D28 and the Banjo is a Fender. I also tried the mandolin briefly. Yes I played mostly Bluegrass and Old Time music. The whistle is much easier on the fingers than stringed instruments. The flute and keyboard are also. Did Kathy mention Cripple Creek. The first tune 5 string players learn and Wildwood Flower a first for flat pickin' guitar.

Author:  TheSpoonMan [ Sat Jun 30, 2007 1:48 pm ]
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zoukie wrote:
RonKiley wrote:
I play the following somewhat.

Whistle - mostle high
Flute - Irish keyless (learning)
Keyboard - learning

Instrument I used to play.

Acoustic Guitar
5 string Banjo - go ahead and make the jokes
Trumpet - 55 years ago

I claim no proficiency on any of these


Hey, you USED to play the 5 string? Why don't you anymore? You got fed up with the jokes?? :D I stopped laughing at them when my husband decided to get an oldtime banjer. But, those banjo players DO have funny faces..


You want funny faces, look at highland pipes sometime :shock: :D

Author:  Kristos [ Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:21 am ]
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Okay...

I play these good, or alright, best is first, worst is last:
· Whistles!
· 6 hole transverse flutes
· Recorder
· The type of flute with the keys all over it
· Quena
· Dulcimer
· Panpipes
· Ocarina
· Chinese Dizi Flute

I play these so-so
· Lap Harp
· 2 Octave Chime set
· Piano
· Anything I can beat on!
· Keyboard
· Duduk
· Spoons

I play these not so good
· Fiddle
· Guitar
· Xaphoon
· Didgeridoo

What you may notice is there are no brass (horn) instruments on this list. But I did put didge!

Author:  mutepointe [ Sun Jul 01, 2007 9:24 am ]
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i play these at church with the folk group:

12 string acoustic guitar
whistle
harmonica

i play this as a solo instrument because it's in tune to itself:
simple flute

i rarely play:
keyboards

my next instruments:
silver flute
electric guitar (it was my brother's guitar)

i have failed miserably at:
violin

Author:  Randy [ Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:45 pm ]
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great idea!

whistles
irish flute
mt. dulcimer
ocarina

Author:  maryc [ Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:01 pm ]
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I play, in descending order of competence:

- filing cabinet
- computer
- data-projectors
- voice
- whistle

(I'm not kidding .. in a team-envt, the person who knows where the music is filed is playing an instrument!)

Author:  Judy K [ Mon Aug 06, 2007 6:20 pm ]
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Welcome to PWA, MaryC!

Author:  whistlenut [ Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:33 pm ]
Post subject:  what I play

Well, as I got to thinking about it, that's more involved than I ariginally thought. I used to play the piano and the violin at different times. I started out with the violin at the age of four, but the instructor wasn't very good, so I switched to piano, or I should say my mom switched me. I enjoyed piano very much, and played for four years. At that point, the studio closed. I went back to it a few years later for six months, but I didn't like to practice so I quit. Next, I took guitar and whistle lessens with Connies. I decided I didn't like guitar and gave it up for whistle, which is the only instrament I currently play. I thought about taking up guitar this Summer, but too many things got in the way.

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