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Does this musical percussion technique have a name?

I have a vague memory of seeing someone perform a percussion piece where they swung a rope in each hand with a weight on the end. They would sometimes allow the weight to strike the wooden resonating chamber to make a "clack" sound. In so doing, they were able to clack out some surprisingly complex rhythms. Does this instrument/technique have a name? What is it? And most importantly, where can I find some videos of people doing it?
posted by Galaxor Nebulon on Jun 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Musical instrument that can be stored in a vehicle?

I need a musical instrument that can be stored in a vehicle (no climate control) for months at a time in a climate that is hot (over 100 degrees F during the daytime in the summer) and dry (not humid), without becoming warped or destroyed somehow. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jun 10, 2014 - 57 answers

How to learn guitar without the guitar?

I've been playing guitar for about a year. I practice when I can but I spend a fair amount of time sitting around watching TV when I can't have the guitar in my hands but I do have my laptop handy and I feel like I could be using this time to learn some things that don't strictly require me to be playing an instrument. [more inside]
posted by VTX on May 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Instruments in "Kiss Them For Me" by Siouxsie and the Banshees

What instruments were used to create the definitive sound of "Kiss Them For Me" by Siouxsie and the Banshees? I am particularly interested in finding out what the bell-sounding instrument that starts near the beginning of the song. Below is a partial list of when particular lines starts. Please correct or elaborate my rough descriptions if you can. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Mar 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Touch-screen app for sound file playback

Is there an Android app out there that would allow you to touch the screen (either a big icon or the entire screen) that would play back a selected sound file when tapped? The quicker the response time the better. And if it has options for multiple zones (like making a custom-made Simon), even better.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Feb 25, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I go about taking a pair of tablas on a plane?

I need to take a pair of tablas (hand drums) onto a plane. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Feb 18, 2014 - 5 answers

How old is this mandolin?

My friend has inherited a Washburn mandolin originally belonging to her husband's grandfather. She describes it as: It has the old pear-shaped body they no longer make and its serial number is 159996. The 'tortiseshell' plastic scalloped soundboard has cracked into pieces, but the rest of the instrument is sound. The tuning pegs may not be plastic. [more inside]
posted by theplotchickens on Jul 4, 2013 - 7 answers

What are some great "one-man band" albums?

Strolling along, enjoying Prince's first album and marveling that he wrote, recorded, and produced the album himself...oh, and played all the instruments. Ditto much of Mike Oldfield's works. It's not hard to find one-person singer-songwriter albums (Neil Young, Tori Amos, etc.), but they rarely go into the complexity or variety of instrumentation that Prince and Oldfield go into. Like if you didn't know any better, you'd think it was at least for or five people in the band. And damn, it's not like this person is a guitarist who can also play bass... he/she is adept at any instrument they touch. What are some other albums/artists like this? (Credit will also be given for example like Dave Grohl, or other notable multi-instrumentalists)
posted by holterbarbour on Jun 15, 2013 - 48 answers

Specific Housing Search in LA

Moving in a few months within LA and need a place where music practice is tolerated - tips? neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by Red Desk on Mar 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Making (accordion) chords out of nothing at all?

I have a 24-button bass piano accordion, and I'm having trouble figuring out how to get all the chords I need out of it (maj7, dim, etc). [more inside]
posted by mckenney on Dec 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Suggestions for musical instruments for kids

Metafilter, do you have any thoughts or ideas on what might be a good instrument to buy for Chrismas, that the kids (6 and 3.5) can play with on their own (i.e. there won't be lessons) but can still gain skill and enjyment, that I can find second hand for under, say, $100. Recorder? auto harp? trupet? drums? We already have a piano and bells. Thank you!
posted by hollyanderbody on Nov 29, 2012 - 27 answers

Donating a used musical instrument (UK)

Where/who in the UK can I donate my musical instrument to? [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS on Nov 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Piano substitute for a traveller?

What portable, acoustic instrument is easiest for a keyboard player to pick up? [more inside]
posted by doiheartwentyone on Aug 25, 2012 - 20 answers

Name that Instrument

What is the breathy instrument playing the melody heard at 2:36 of this song? [more inside]
posted by 3FLryan on Aug 25, 2012 - 7 answers

DIY Brass instrument repair?

How do I hammer my brass instrument back into shape? [more inside]
posted by rdhatt on Aug 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Bluesy jailhouse band, Cool Hand Uke, needs instrument repairs

What's the deal with my new uke? What do I need to do to get it in tip top playable uke condition? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Aug 9, 2012 - 6 answers

In a week or two, if you make the charts, the girls'll tear you apart

I want to learn to play an instrument. What's the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jul 7, 2012 - 14 answers

One hand, no mouth

What one-handed instruments can I play and sing along with? [more inside]
posted by shaun on Jun 21, 2012 - 29 answers

I taught myself to "play guitar" using tabs, but now I would very much like to actually know how to play guitar. Whats the best way to go about this?

I taught myself to "play guitar" (more or less) using tabs, but now I would very much like to ACTUALLY know how to play guitar. Whats the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Apr 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Erector Set-like metal bars?!

What do you call the metal bars that have two flat parts with a 90 degree angle with screw holes on both sides? I'm thinking of getting some and cutting them to the lengths I need but I have no idea what they're called, any other information on Erector Set like prefabricated elements would also be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by TheKM on Jan 23, 2012 - 14 answers

Help with the music

My little almost-4-year-old loves music and singing. I think she'd enjoy learning to play an instrument. 1) What would you instrument would you recommend? 2) What instruction method is best (most enjoyable and effective)?
posted by leotrotsky on Jan 6, 2012 - 29 answers

Looking for a biwa expert.

I'm looking for a biwa expert in the Cascades region. Portland is best, Seattle is fine, northern California is doable. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Dec 26, 2011 - 7 answers

What musical keyboard should I get my 6 year old?

My 6 year old daughter would like a keyboard (musical) for Christmas. What am I looking for in a keyboard? She is learning some basic songs at school already and is generally familiar with the layout. What features are necessary? What are not? [more inside]
posted by otto42 on Dec 12, 2011 - 6 answers

"We usually do this song with a tambourine, but I keep breaking it."

I need the most durable unbreakable bulletproof tambourine ever. [more inside]
posted by mollymayhem on Nov 27, 2011 - 6 answers

My music-loving kids need more help than I can give.

My 13 year old wants a bass guitar for Christmas. People who have some idea about musical instruments, please tell me what I should be looking for in a beginner bass guitar. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Nov 20, 2011 - 41 answers

Integrated Instrument Case/Stand

I wish for a musical instrument case, that also transforms into a music stand for holding sheet music. Does such a beast exist? [more inside]
posted by sandking on Oct 27, 2011 - 5 answers

I would like to insure my musical instruments.

I would like to insure my musical instruments. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Sep 2, 2011 - 12 answers

They don't sell this at Guitar Center.

Asking for a friend, what is the instrument this guy is playing in the first moments of this Czech video? [more inside]
posted by Max Power on Jun 17, 2011 - 10 answers

What WinAmp equalizer setting will most emphasize the bass guitar?

What WinAmp equalizer setting will most emphasize the bass guitar? [more inside]
posted by Trurl on May 14, 2011 - 3 answers

Concert or tenor ukulele for a beginner?

Is a concert or tenor ukulele better for a beginner? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Apr 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Where can I learn to play traditional instruments in Hawaii?

I'm travelling to Hawaii this summer and want to spend a couple of days learning ukulele, steel guitar or slack-key guitar in the traditional Hawaiian style. I have some music background so I'm looking for more than just a tourist novelty class. Any suggestions from local experts? [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS on Mar 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Violin + Bike + Cold

Anyone have experience with biking their violin to and fro in a cold northern US climate? Should I be worried about it? Are the easy things I can do to minimize the chances of a string breaking, the finish cracking, or the wood warping? [more inside]
posted by kjell on Nov 17, 2010 - 11 answers

Glockenspiel Accesories PLZ

This weekend I bought a glockenspiel, specifically a bell lyre. I want to buy the strap that you use to march with it, but I don't know what it's called and my searches don't turn up much. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Nov 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Which banjo should I buy?

What to look out for when buying a banjo? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Oct 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Some things are better left dead. Is this one of them?

Is it worth the effort/cost to try to repair a 20-year-old Korg digital piano? It was recently discovered to produce barely any audible sound from both the speakers and the headphone jack. Not looking to recoup any cost from it, just looking to avoid putting a lot of $ into it, in order to make it donation-worthy. [more inside]
posted by armoir from antproof case on Sep 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Exquisitely terse guitar solos?

Exquisitely terse guitar solos? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 17, 2010 - 60 answers

Which used bass?

Which beginner bass should I buy, the Ibanez GSR200 or Peavey Milestone III? [more inside]
posted by domnit on Sep 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Bassist seeks bass for serious, long-term relationship

What kind of bass guitar am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by otolith on Sep 3, 2010 - 16 answers

Affordable, tactile, quirky electronic noisemaking gadgets?

Please recommend me some affordable, tactile, quirky electronic instruments / noise making toys / effects. I already have a Korg Kaoss Pad 3, Alesis Air FX, and a Stylophone, and am going to buy a Korg Monotron - I'm looking for suggestions along similar lines. [more inside]
posted by iivix on Aug 14, 2010 - 19 answers

Music Stores in Dallas, TX?

Are there any notable music stores in Dallas that I should check out? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Jul 14, 2010 - 2 answers

Prettydamncoolaphone

What's a weird musical instrument that would make a great gift for a composer? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jul 10, 2010 - 23 answers

Which musical instrument to offer to a very-busy and yound father?

BirthdayPresentFilter: looking for a a musical gift for my 35-yo brother (and possibly his son). [more inside]
posted by XiBe on Jul 1, 2010 - 11 answers

making your own instrument

I'm looking for someone to help build a musical instrument in the DC area. I want to turn vintage organ pedals into an analog bass (no MIDI) and we will most likely have to make a circuit board. Where can i find people that have this knowledge? I can't even think of where to start.
posted by hiddenknives on Jun 19, 2010 - 11 answers

A ghost terrorizing my children is one thing; ...it's another thing entirely when he starts playing my Theremin!

My wife is turning 50 next month and, as is the tradition, I was thinking I'd buy her a Theremin. Is this a good gift for my wife? You know my wife, right? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on May 14, 2010 - 36 answers

Lisa Simpson would know exactly what to do!

Help me better negotiate in the sale of a saxophone with surprising worth. [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy on May 5, 2010 - 14 answers

Is there a way to "remove" engraving from a brass musical instrument?

Is there a way to "remove" engraving from a brass musical instrument? [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Apr 25, 2010 - 8 answers

What's this instrument I've seen playing in Barcelona?

What instrument is this? [more inside]
posted by volpe on Apr 6, 2010 - 3 answers

Handle with care!

Shipping a tube amp from Canada to Germany. [more inside]
posted by molecicco on Feb 26, 2010 - 4 answers

Name the musical instrument game.

What is the trombone-ey bass-like instrument that first comes in at around 0:37 of this live version of the 59th Street Bridge Song? [more inside]
posted by surfgator on Jan 15, 2010 - 3 answers

Cello bargain

Should I buy this $300 cello? Advice on (re)learning cello needed. [more inside]
posted by inactivist on Jan 13, 2010 - 18 answers

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