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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

Can someone buy an instrument from "Landfill Harmonic"/Los Reciclados?

Can someone buy an instrument from "Landfill Harmonic"/Los Reciclados? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on May 20, 2014 - 2 answers

Mr. B♮

In recent years, I've grown uncomfortable with sight-reading lots of flats and naturals, especially in chords, and with reading notes above and below the staves. This is limiting my ability to sit down and play anything on the piano. What are some good pieces and exercises that help a person regain general mastery in this area?
posted by michaelh on May 15, 2014 - 10 answers

What stringed bowed bass instrument should I learn?

For home recordings, I'm looking to learn a new instrument that is cello-like, low-end and haunting sounding, but not large and unwieldy. Help me brainstorm. [more inside]
posted by critzer on Feb 21, 2014 - 27 answers

Where to buy a tide clock in Toronto?

I've decided to buy a tide clock, I can order one online, but I'd prefer to go into a store so I can ask questions regarding calibration etc. Does anyone know of a store that sells them in Toronto (or area?) Thanks
posted by devonia on Dec 17, 2013 - 0 answers

Video Violin lessons?

You can learn piano, guitar, and even the ocarina on YouTube. So, are there any good violin lessons out there? I'm looking for anything, but especially beginner violin (from, this is how you hold the bow to "caring for your violin" type videos.) [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Oct 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Getting started in drum circles

I would like to participate in a drum circle. What are some fairly affordable and portable drums or percussion instruments I could buy? General advice welcome but links to specific models and pros and cons of each would be especially helpful. [more inside]
posted by Unified Theory on Aug 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Live musicians who use everyday items to make music

Are there any bands or musicians out there who perform live featuring the use of everyday or unconventional items as instruments? (ala Stomp?) [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on May 4, 2013 - 45 answers

Should I buy a Music Production Center and Make Electronic Dance Music?

I want to start making electronic music. I'm thinking about buying maybe an MPC type of device but not sure where to start. Novation Launchpad? Maschine? Any recommendations for a total, total beginner? Or should I really get a copy of Ableton and figure out if I'm truly into it first? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Feb 21, 2013 - 17 answers

Is it possible to buy a decent, non-plywood cello in New York City for $2000?

Is it possible to buy a decent, non-plywood cello in New York City for $2000? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Dec 14, 2012 - 6 answers

worldwide Balilla shortage

Do I have the only Balilla accordion in the world? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Dec 2, 2012 - 5 answers

What are some songs or clips from songs that slowly build up by adding instruments one at a time?

What are some songs or clips from songs that slowly build up by adding instruments one at a time and/or by featuring one instrument at a time? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Sep 15, 2012 - 27 answers

Identify this musical instrument?

Just what is this flat, neckless 4-stringed musical instument? [more inside]
posted by jinjo on Jul 16, 2012 - 5 answers

I want a TOUGH guitar!

I need an acoustic guitar to incorporate into an art installation. It'll be played roughly (by machines!), rest at an odd angle for years in conditions of unknown temperature and humidity, and be tuned only occasionally. What guitar should I get that won't crack, warp, or otherwise disintegrate under this treatment? Durability is more important than beauty or tone quality. I'm sure an electric guitar would be tougher, but I'd like to stay acoustic if possible. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk on Apr 28, 2012 - 19 answers

Two, three, four?

What musical instruments require more than one performer to operate?
posted by jayCampbell on Apr 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Doppler for waves?

For all you nautical types: what kind of instruments on a large ship could detect if a rogue wave were headed your way? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Mar 26, 2012 - 18 answers

What causes strings to go false?

What causes strings to go false? [more inside]
posted by estherhaza on Feb 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me make horrible noises!

Where does one purchase musical instruments in Birmingham, UK? [more inside]
posted by Because on Jan 12, 2012 - 15 answers

Guitar recommendations, give me yours!

Electric guitar for small hands, help me choose one? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Dec 2, 2011 - 17 answers

Native Instrument's Absynth 5 bug?

Native Instrument's Absynth 5 question: I can't see the database version of the browser only the file structure page so I can't really search. [more inside]
posted by captainscared on Oct 16, 2011 - 0 answers

Pick an instrument and stick to it!

I love music, but every time I try to take up an instrument I get frustrated with sucking and give up. How do I not do this? [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Aug 31, 2011 - 21 answers

Please help my dad get a fair deal on a used Fender Telecaster.

What's a fair price for a second hand US made Fender Telecaster 52 Reissue and what's the market like? I'm hoping to prevent my dad from getting ripped off. [more inside]
posted by peripathetic on Jul 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Instruments rarely heard in pop music

What popular songs or songs by popular bands use instruments not commonly associated with rock/pop/alternative music? [more inside]
posted by hoppytoad on May 12, 2011 - 55 answers

Experimental/homemade musical instruments were shown during interstitials on M2 in the late '90s?

Do you know anything about the man whose experimental musical instruments were shown during interstitials on M2 (became MTV2) in the late '90s? I don't remember much about the instruments, but they were obviously handmade, mostly constructed out of household items. I seem to remember stringed instruments and organ-like things.
posted by anarch on Jan 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Cheap, Quality Melodica

What quality, relatively cheap melodica should I buy? [more inside]
posted by bigspoon on Jan 12, 2011 - 2 answers

Sonata Banjo?

Need info on my banjo [more inside]
posted by healthykindofsick on Oct 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Kid-friendly instruments with sustain

Are there kid-playable instruments (besides the recorder) whose notes can be sustained? Building or hacking or repurposing instruments is allowable. Brainstorming encouraged. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Sep 18, 2010 - 11 answers

Technically exemplary metal bass performances?

Technically exemplary metal bass performances? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 3, 2010 - 14 answers

take it apart

What are some blogs/posts/videos that deconstruct the production of specific songs? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Aug 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Should I use a Hohner Special 20 or a Lee Oskar harmonica?

Should I use a Hohner Special 20 or a Lee Oskar harmonica? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor on Aug 14, 2010 - 7 answers

Can anyone with the knowledge help me figure out what key my song is in?

Working on this dark whimsical carnival-esque song for a local compilation. Can someone help me find the key? (Tried the usual Googling until my head exploded)... Link to streaming song included in extended description. [more inside]
posted by raintheory on May 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Pianos: actual and digital

Digital pianos for real pianists: talk to me, pianists of AskMe. [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac on Apr 30, 2010 - 12 answers

Get my bleep on. And by get, I mean solder.

Is there a San Francisco or Bay Area equivalent to Austin's (or NYC's) Handmade Music scene, focused on building electronic musical instruments? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Mar 24, 2010 - 5 answers

Pro Musician Tuning Tips?

Help a professional musician with tuning! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2010 - 13 answers

What is a mint 1975 guild d40nt worth?

What is a mint 1975 guild d40 NT worth?
posted by Rlocurto on Feb 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Vaccora 5 String Bass woes.

MusicianFilter: I accidentally broke the headstock off my neighbors Vacarro 5 string bass (Don't ask...lets just say it was a late night session). I’m looking to replace the neck, but cannot find anyone who can get a 5 string Vacarro neck. Anyone have any suggestions? I’m in the NY metro area.
posted by hbon23 on Jan 14, 2010 - 2 answers

Which musical instrument is the most difficult to master?

Learning music instruments---order of difficulty? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Nov 6, 2009 - 40 answers

Five string guitar (non-bass): How can one be altered, purchased, or constructed by a non-expert.

Five string guitar (non-bass), with a standard-width fretboard: Why am I not finding m/any, and how can one be altered, purchased, or constructed cheaply by a non-expert. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Sep 25, 2009 - 12 answers

Starter acoustic guitar/learning to play guitar recs

I need to learn how to play guitar. I'd like to start on an acoustic so I won't have to lug an amp around all the time. What type of acoustic should I start off with and what is the best way to learn? Websites? Lessons? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jul 31, 2009 - 30 answers

Should I buy this guitar?

Should I buy this used Taylor acoustic guitar? Guitar guru mefites, help me out! [more inside]
posted by Precision on Jul 16, 2009 - 11 answers

I want to make the bleepy bloppy wheezy sounds

Are there any stores that sell cheap toy musical instruments in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by speicus on Jun 25, 2009 - 9 answers

Philly Thrift Stores

What are some good thrift stores in Philly that go beyond just clothing? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Jun 21, 2009 - 10 answers

Needs more accordion.

What are some good pop/rock songs that feature an accordion? I'm not looking for any polka/cajun/zydeco-influenced sounds, but more traditional rock tunes - think "The Last Beat of My Heart" by Siouxsie and the Banshees or even "What it Takes" by Aerosmith - where it's just another backing instrument.
posted by adverb on Jun 20, 2009 - 29 answers

Yeah, I wanna rock you, Chaka khan, but what with?

What instrument is this, that I remember from my youth? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on May 4, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me choose a musical instrument to learn!

Help me choose a musical instrument to learn! [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Apr 18, 2009 - 33 answers

Inexpensive (read: not cheap) classical guitars

Any recommendations for an inexpensive (but not cheap) classical guitar? I'm looking in the $150-$250 range here. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Jan 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Does smoking give instruments cancer?

We know smoking is bad for people, but is it bad for synthesizers? While looking at classified ads for various bits of musical equipment (speakers, synths, samplers etc) I often see in the descriptions "all gear used in a 100% smoke-free environment". Does this actually matter? And how come nobody ever includes that in descriptions for secondhand electric guitars?
posted by awfurby on Oct 9, 2008 - 13 answers

Musicians in "Mixed Marriage"

My music theory professor challenged our class to identify a married couple where one plays the violin and the other the trumpet. His theory is that the personalities of violin and trumpet players clash. Can anyone name a prominent musical couple where one plays a bowed instrument and the other brass? I would imagine that a saxophone player or drummer would be equally incompatible with a string player.
posted by swarkentien on Sep 1, 2008 - 14 answers

Not so Easy as Pie Reich

Inspired by this question: I have the sheet music to Steve Reich's MUSIC FOR 18 INSTRUMENTS. I bought it to understand the piece better. But, the individual parts played by themselves sound nothing like the actual piece. I am not a good enough pianist to create a full piano transcription of the piece. Does anyone have any advice as to how to play excerpts from this score but still have it sound like Reich? ( Maybe someone who knows the piece better than I do.)
posted by wittgenstein on Aug 6, 2008 - 5 answers

Accordion & Uke Lessons in MN

I'm interested in taking accordion and/or ukulele lessons in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Does anyone know where I might be able to take lessons? Additionally, does anyone know of places where I can rent either instrument?
posted by Waitwhat on Jul 25, 2008 - 5 answers

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