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Spud McLaren
795471.  Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:00 pm Reply with quote

Surely a whole episode here, between musical instruments, statutary instruments, and those for measuring (and torturing)?

To start off, I offer the wooden instrument of the brass family, as opposed to the brass instrument of the woodwind family.

Spud McLaren
795474.  Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:19 pm Reply with quote

Despite many of his works being played today on the pianoforte, Mozart never played one; he composed them on the fortepiano, the pianoforte evolving in the years following his death.

Spud McLaren
799527.  Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:49 pm Reply with quote

Idiophones - a class of musical instruments in which a vibrating solid material is used to produce sound. Examples of solid materials used in such instruments are stone, wood and metal. Idiophones are differentiated according to how you make it vibrate. Such as:

1. Concussion - A pair of similar instruments that are struck together or struck against each other to create sound. Examples: cymbals, castanets

2. Friction - Instruments that produce sound when rubbed. An example of these are musical glasses in which the musician rubs his moistened fingers on the rim of the glasses to produce sound.

3. Percussion - Musical instruments that produce sound by striking or using a striker. Examples: xylophones, triangles, bells, gongs, steel drums

4. Plucked - Also known as linguaphones, these are musical instruments that need to be plucked to create sound, such as the Jew's harp in which the player plucks the "tongue" of the instrument.

5. Scraped - As the name implies, these are instruments that when scraped, produce sound. Examples of these are cog rattles and washboards.

6. Shaken - Musical instruments that need to be shaken to create sound. A perfect example are maracas which are believed to have been invented by native Indians of Puerto Rico.

7. Stamping - Instruments that produce sound when stamped on a hard surface, such as the shoes used by tap dancers.

8. Stamped - When sound is produced by the material itself that's being stamped on.

From here.


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