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Other instruments...and djembe class!
« on: Oct 15, 2006, 02:33:04 PM »
I am having a real eye opening experience on my music therapy course   ::)  ...lots of people playing LOTS of instruments!!! I have always been a one-instrument gal...surprise, surprise, its the violin. I do play BAD piano, but its not the same affair of the heart by any means...
I have had to acquire lots of percussion type instruments for use in my work ultimately, and am having a lot of fun with these, and with the stuff in uni...
But, best of all, I bought a djembe drum a few weeks back, and on Tues I am going (with a percussionist from the course) to "beginners djembe"...and if I do ok I may be allowed to stay on for intermediate!

Any instrument ideas for my future purchases would be gratefully received! I already have some pretty wappy stuff, but am always looking for inspiration!

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Re: Other instruments...and djembe class!
« Reply #1 on: Oct 15, 2006, 04:07:20 PM »
djembe is such a sweet sound.  Good fun when you get 5-10 other people with drums and have a crazy drum circle.  My most recent (i think) percussion instrument purchase is similar to a djembe,  but it has a wooden top made of about 1/4 inch plywood.  You still get all of the jembe sounds out of it, but it sounds a bit tighter, and the top wont stretch and sound funny, as a skin top will.  Its great for camping, not having to worry about damaging the top.

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Re: Other instruments...and djembe class!
« Reply #2 on: Oct 15, 2006, 04:52:14 PM »
The rucksack full of percussion items at Friday's potluck had some ribbony looking things about three inches wide and a bit over a foot long, blocks of wood (or plastic in some cases) on a strap of leather with handles at the ends. Makes a clacking zzzipping noise when you "roll" it between your hands. I think the one that brought 'm said they were Japanese..
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Re: Other instruments...and djembe class!
« Reply #3 on: Oct 16, 2006, 09:12:05 AM »
ooooh...some interesting ideas already!
if anyone knows the names of any such instruments I would love to know!

Someone on my course mentioned a bed that is like a guitar (?!) with strings going underneath it, and they vibrate when you lie on it...dunnow what thats called tho..?

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Re: Other instruments...and djembe class!
« Reply #4 on: Oct 16, 2006, 04:30:54 PM »
searching, searching....

aha

found it; it's called a kokinko



and the uyot seed rattles were nice and loud:

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Re: Other instruments...and djembe class!
« Reply #5 on: Oct 16, 2006, 05:11:47 PM »
Ah! I wondered if you meant a kokinko! except of course I ddint know that is what it was called! I used one in impro last week...and normally I make a racket with one but you can use them really slowly and gently and its quite a lovely sound...must get the seed things too, they look fun!

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Re: Other instruments...and djembe class!
« Reply #6 on: Oct 16, 2006, 09:47:56 PM »
"Guess what? I got a fever. And the only prescription...is more cowbell!" ;D
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Re: Other instruments...and djembe class!
« Reply #7 on: Oct 16, 2006, 09:50:52 PM »
... but seriously, folks, there's no better way to blow off stress than banging on something that makes a whole buncha noise. So if you don't already have a trap drum set, djembe/hand percussion (bongos and congas) or a nice set of timbales (highly recommended!), I'd recommend the humble frattoir... the 'ol Cajun rub-board.
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Re: Other instruments...and djembe class!
« Reply #8 on: Oct 18, 2006, 07:33:41 AM »
It was such fun last night...complete destress after a heavy uni day..such lovely welcoming people, and really inclusive playing. I want more but need to rest from it awhile so those poor violinist fingers have a chance to recover!

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Re: Other instruments...and djembe class!
« Reply #9 on: Oct 18, 2006, 02:10:31 PM »
Well ...mandolin,octave mandolin and tenor banjo would be easy for you to play because you already have the basic fingering down ....  people often tell me that the banjo is a happy sound ...

   Let's see... for other sounds.... mountain dulcimer would be easy to learn since you can get away with playing melody on one string if you want to , while brushing drone strings.....and it is a soft soothing instrument ...   celtic harp might be the ultilmate soother but would require more study ... :)     
There are tons of shaker and banger type gizmos out there...

 




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