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Old 01-13-2011, 03:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anyone play any rare instruments?

OK, long shot I know, but it's worth a try!

Anyway,just wondering if anyone here plays any 'less common' instruments. I myself don't, but want to learn the treble viol (or viola da gamba as it's sometimes called). I can also play a little shamisen (it's rare outside Japan!).

Anyone else?
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No, but seriously, I can play sitar pretty well
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I'd love to own a Koto or a Sitar one day. Neither are particularly rare, just uncommon in NA.
Have you heard of Harry Partch? He made his own instruments for his compositions.
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I'd love to own a Koto or a Sitar one day. Neither are particularly rare, just uncommon in NA.
Have you heard of Harry Partch? He made his own instruments for his compositions.
Yeah, he's an impressive fella A friend of mine over at TheOpenJam.net builds his own effect pedals for sale, and they do some weird and wacky stuff to your sound
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Yeah, he's an impressive fella A friend of mine over at TheOpenJam.net builds his own effect pedals for sale, and they do some weird and wacky stuff to your sound
Watch the documentary FUZZ. Its amazing, all about pedal and FX designers.
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Watch the documentary FUZZ. Its amazing, all about pedal and FX designers.
I'll look into it thanks.
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Very, very cool.
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Very, very cool.
Thanks dude

My neighbor in my old apartment complex was Indian Buddhist and her husband played sitar He knew I was kinda down, just feelin' like **** all the time, so he helped with some incense and stuff, meditation rituals, and to help focus and relieve stress, he taught me to play the sitar

I keep my SG in Open A (lo-hi, E-A-E-A-C#-E) tuning, as it gives natural style of playing very similar to that kinda music. My next guitar will probably be in DADGAD, as it works really well for Indian folk music

My acoustic is tuned in Open G (lo-hi, D-G-D-G-B-D) for Delta blues and slide-work

I'm all sorts of weird, dude I draw from Buddhism, New Orleans/Haitian voodoo, all sorts of ****
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Man that is cool, something I have never got into was messing around with my guitar tuned in differently than standard. Though one of my life goals is to learn some mean slide guitar, which I think draws a bit on that, though I could just be completely ignorant.
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Man that is cool, something I have never got into was messing around with my guitar tuned in differently than standard. Though one of my life goals is to learn some mean slide guitar, which I think draws a bit on that, though I could just be completely ignorant.
I never even thought about Open A until I heard "In My Time Of Dying," and I decided to try it out. I really liked it, and while I was just noodling around, I realized it had this very natural tone that sounded like it was pulled right from the streets of Cairo It's also good for electric slide.

Of course, "Kashmir" turned me on to DADGAD, but I've since come to use it for a lot of other things

Open G just came about from my fanboy-ism for Robert Johnson

I'd like to own my own sitar at some point, and maybe even a lap steel
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