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Favorite Musical Instrument.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by theskald, Dec 17, 2008.

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What's your favorite instrument by timbre?

  1. Guitar (Acoustic)

    22.6%
  2. Guitar (Electric)

    33.3%
  3. Electric Bass

    20.2%
  4. Stand-up Bass

    13.1%
  5. Cello

    16.7%
  6. Viola

    9.5%
  7. Violin

    22.6%
  8. Fiddle

    8.3%
  9. Other String Instrument

    10.7%
  10. Trumpet

    10.7%
  11. Trombone

    10.7%
  12. French Horn

    15.5%
  13. Tuba

    9.5%
  14. Other Brass Instrument

    11.9%
  15. Saxaphone

    13.1%
  16. Clarinet

    10.7%
  17. Oboe

    8.3%
  18. Bassoon/Fagott

    7.1%
  19. Contra-Bassoon

    7.1%
  20. Other Woodwind Instrument

    7.1%
  21. Piano

    35.7%
  22. Synth

    19.0%
  23. Drum Kit

    16.7%
  24. Other Percussion

    6.0%
  25. None of these, jerk!

    15.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Mirc

    Mirc Not mIRC!!!

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    You have "Guitar (Acoustic)" but not "Guitar (Classical)"? [pissed]

    ;)

    I don't know what to vote. :p


    Update:
    I voted for Guitar, both kinds here, piano, and "other brass instrument" which is probably the closest category to fit in the pipe organ. :D

    If I were to vote some more, I'd vote cello, trumpet, saxophone, in this order.
     
  2. Harbringer

    Harbringer Your A One Flower Garden

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    Any instrument is the best instrument depending on who's playing. I know it sounds like a cop out answer, but its how I feel. Most violin players are absolutely atrocious, but there are those few that can make one cry, and that's the best instrument ever, the human being.
     
  3. amadeus

    amadeus Civ2 / Law and Order!

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  4. theskald

    theskald This is a picture of me.

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    I thoroughly disagree with you. They say (that's right, they) that the violin is meant to be the closest in groups to the timbre of a choir, and I think that may be why I find it to boring. With a good composition, though, this isn't necessarily true. I think it may just be certain, popular keys I don't like with the violin.

    Like, say, Ravel's Bolero.

    Okay, you win, you have named an instrument I have never heard of before. I'm guessing it sounds similar to a tuba? It looks a lot like one. How about this: the Whamola.

    You damn right it is, especially when slapped.

    Bah, the early 80s sucked anyway...

    WOuld you perchance enjoy the sultry sounds of Primus or any other Les Claypool venture?
    Do you have any particular song in mind?

    :goodjob: Forgot the wind instruments, but there wasn't enough room.



    Now let us never speak of these two instruments again. :)

    To be fair, the banjo, mandolin, ukelele, and steel guitar are also not mentioned. A limit of 25 exists. :(

    I meant to add "other keyboard instruments," but I had to make room for the contra-bassoon. :p It would have included the accordion as well, so I guess that and the organ belong in the "theskald's a jerk" category.

    Oh, come on, no preference? Think about what you're saying, the timber is the unique quality of an instrument, its voice. Saying you have no preference is like saying you have never met someone with an annoying voice!
     
  5. Pannonius

    Pannonius Reconquistador

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    And what about bagpipes? that's a great instrument.
     
  6. Bigfoot3814

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    I must say, I agree! Bagpipes are great.
     
  7. Trajan12

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    Electric Guitar, simply for the unlimited variety of sounds that can be coaxed from it. Although I wanna say acoustic, because I prefer its practicality and its earnestness.

    But, everyone is going to vote guitar and that will make for an uninteresting thread. So I also have to mention strings. My favorite is the cello, because the deep but not too deep sounds are so extremely expressive. Followed by Violin.
     
  8. theskald

    theskald This is a picture of me.

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    I have heard the occasional bagpipe melody that blew my mind, but that's very rarely. I get the feeling most players get all caught up in its "tradition" and forget to play music. Anyway this, too, falls under the "I'm a jerk" category.
    Yeah, it may be unfair to include electric stuff, because you can adjust a few dials/press a foot pedal and get a whole new sound. On the other hand, it still can't sound like a fiddle or the timpani.

    Shame no one has been smart-ass enough to say "the human voice."
     
  9. Harbringer

    Harbringer Your A One Flower Garden

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    @TheSkald

    I have preferences for good musicians.
     
  10. Phlegmak

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    Try listening to bagpipe music nonstop for over an hour. It makes me want to scream after a while, and I like bagpipes.
     
  11. theskald

    theskald This is a picture of me.

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    No, no, I get what you're saying, Harbringer, but ther must be some instrument that is particularly pleasing to your ear, some voice that you're more happy to hear than others.
     
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    D'oh.

    I forgot one of my favorites, the Hammond Organ. You have not heard soul until you've heard it. In a solo or just playing a harmony.
     
  13. theskald

    theskald This is a picture of me.

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    To be quite honest, I've always thought it sounded like PlayStation era midi music whenever they tried to make an organ sound.
     
  14. emzie

    emzie wicked witch of the North

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    Primus is enjoyable but not really my thing.

    A specific song? I'd have to ponder. I did something in midi which was just finished rather nasty -- 2 guitars slowly falling out of tune to each other, dropping about a quarter step over a minute drone with 2 gentle leads without any semblance of distortion. If you're interested, I can get an mp3 of it but my midi playback is pretty... well it's caveman quality as far as midi goes.

    I'd say my heart belongs to the dead No Wave movement but I appreciate a very wide spectrum of music.
     
  15. Mirc

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    Don't forget about the bouzouki, oud (aoud) and balalaika. :D
    (wow, firefox knows about the bouzouki and balalaika!! I can't believe it)


    Nah, you're one of the nicest people I've seen on CFC. :)

    :beer:
     
  16. Mirc

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    :D


    Yeah, so big it can't even fit in the picture. :p
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bucium My grandmother used to tell my father about a 9-meter long one for communication over hills. :D
     
  17. theskald

    theskald This is a picture of me.

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    And let's not forget the tanbur, sitar, and shamisen! Bah, they're all lutes, anyway.

    :hatsoff:

    :( (the sad smiley with a Santa hat is perhaps the saddest smiley I've ever seen, I must say. It's basically a dejected smiley.)

    Yes I am interested in interesting things. :yumyum:

    Man, do people really use that as a musical instrument, though? I guess someone must have, cause you gotta try, right?
     
  18. Godwynn

    Godwynn March to the Sea

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    A Nyckelharpa! It produces a beautiful sound.



     
  19. theskald

    theskald This is a picture of me.

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    Oh man I forgot about that one! Those things are awesome.
     
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    I think that guy's sideburns are awesome.
     

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