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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Wood flute is in D. The F natural (first finger, right hand) on a metal flute (keyed in C) is an F# on a wood flute.

    I grew up playing Boehm flute (but only casually as my primary was sax), and...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Yes, unfortunately I live in a rural community as well - therefore I don't try to make $ from playing.

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    Re metal/Boehm vs wood flute: there are differences in bore, mouthpiece, etc., but by...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Busking?

    Traditionally, building was how one would enter playing the pipes or clarsach. I was about ready to do this myself until I finally found one on ebay that I could afford..
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Also, if it's challenge you want, there are plenty of things to do with instruments you already have. One of the greatest challenges / hardest instruments for me was flamenco guitar.

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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    For sure. Boxes/concertinas are basically limited by how fast you can twiddle your fingers. Similarly woodwinds.. fiddle is aided by the bow...hammered dulcimer by sticks...

    Yesterday I was...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    But for an aspirer - one can start off with a chanter without drones and regulators; don't need to start off with a full set, but build up incrementally. Some pros make little use of regulators...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Ya the pibroch style ("theme and variations") is called an ornamental style - as opposed to the melodic style of most of our folk forms. It's unknown which came first - the pipes or (wire) harp;...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    The form of trad music played on each is quite different. The diddley music of ITM is generally more complex than the Scots piping tradition.
  9. Re: No mando content: Remembering Ginger Baker

    GB used to play weekly brunch gigs with Ron Miles and crew in Denver about 20 years ago. He was looking a bit frail then. He was quite pleasant chatting between sets.
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    And I dont mean to bag on Lawrence W and N American stuff. Sorry if it sounded that way. But it's surprising how often people ask for it. People often mention old Myron et al.. that's part of...
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    Re: Godin MultiOud

    I thought of getting one (for maqamat) but I dont particularly like the sound samples I've heard - of the piezo pickup. MV

    I believe Godin has a similar offering but with frets - prbly a better...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    I play out on accordions once a week. Upon seeing the box, it never fails that someone yells out, "polka!" Now, this would have bothered me some years ago, for I grew up loathing the words polka...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Well, yes, I played anglo mostly - generally prefer it for ITM - as is customary. But playing the tunes on EC provides yet a different lilt. Playing these tunes on AC or DBA (dia button accrdn)...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Right. I think of these things (concertina) as simply just idiophones of a nature - just striking the buttons is not appreciably different than a 'mbira tang or harp string or...

    Like, my point...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Alright, Ive gotta give EC love here :) - yes its layout is different from most instruments we play with its alternating-hand scalar system. But it's really an elegant and logical design. It has...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    Fyi, many beginners (writing on the harp forum) are older adults - many are older than you. Harp seems to be an instrument that many folks aspire to play, but don't undertake until at a later point...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    I really enjoy the varieties of experience. Btw when I wrote things are "easy" and "hard" I just mean in relation. I'm too wore out to be able to play guitar and mndlns etc so I spend all my time on...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    It is the form (raga) that is challenging (to Westerners; conversely not so much for those fluent in Indian classical music). So it is with guzheng and TCM: on the surface it is the simplest of...
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    Re: What instrument is the hardest? My experience

    For me, the "hardest" ones are:

    Violin (hdgfl foremost for various reasons - 11.5" SL being one..)

    Pedal steel (long learning curve)

    Guzheng

    Dance music (instrument played in folk or...
  20. Re: The Guitars (and Mandolins) of Ken Burns' Country Music

    And cased in an orange, plush-lined case - just like the teles/strats...
  21. Re: Did you catch the Ken Burns Country Music series opening?

    Yes. One of the first things that struck me when reading the critiques was - the subject is story telling through music. It's not jazz nor baseball, but three chords and a story - not the history...
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    My first pedal steel:

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    Like I mentioned in the concurrent thread on instruments, on that alone it's a fabulous document. I think I enjoyed it as much as Chief.

    I was a latecomer to country: I grew up in north country...
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    As a pedal steel enthusiast, the series is pure gold for me. All those ZBs!
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    Great stuff. Although I had to terminate at Epi. 7 and put on some Live Evil to purify..
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