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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

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

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

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

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

Two, three, four?

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

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

Cheap, Quality Melodica

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

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

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

Neat instruments for guitarists

Guitarist looking for other string instruments to play around on... [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Apr 19, 2008 - 19 answers

One String And The Truth

One-string tunes for guitar or bass? [more inside]
posted by padraigin on Mar 7, 2008 - 19 answers

NOT constantinople

Vacation in Turkey + love of folk music and instruments. What to do? [more inside]
posted by outsider on Jan 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Percussion instrument recommendations.

I'm interested in buying some cool, portable, percussion instruments over the next few months. I'd be willing to spend up to $200 per piece, and I'd like them to be beginner friendly. What should I start with? Are there any instruments I should avoid because they break too easy, etc? [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo on Jun 22, 2007 - 17 answers

The $100 dollar violin and other questions!

Two questions concerning violins (and by extension, other string instruments): 1. Mass production! 2. Strads! [more inside]
posted by archagon on Apr 27, 2007 - 14 answers

How easy is it to learn a new instrument?

How hard is it, as a (relatively) long-time musician, to pick up new instruments? (more specifically, as a guitarist moving to other areas) [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Nov 20, 2006 - 11 answers

Clarinet, please play nice with the guitars!

How do I play my clarinet alongside guitar? [more inside]
posted by bmct on Sep 3, 2006 - 12 answers

Help me figure out the best wireless instrument configuration.

What is the best stage arrangement for wireless instrument gear? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Jul 1, 2006 - 5 answers

What instrument should I learn?

Where to start learning a musical instrument for the musically inept? [more inside]
posted by KirTakat on Mar 30, 2006 - 38 answers

Recommendations for a portable midi keyboard/controller?

So I finally got a midi cable and hooked up my keyboard to my computer for some home recording. It works swell, but I'm looking into a portable solution so I can take it along with my laptop. [more inside]
posted by pooya on Mar 24, 2006 - 9 answers

Which guitar for a beginner?

I'd like to buy a beginner's acoustic guitar. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Jan 20, 2006 - 24 answers

What is the best approach to learn how to play bass guitar?

What is the best approach to learn how to play bass guitar? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Dec 27, 2005 - 11 answers

What synth is used in Dracula's Wedding (Outkast)?

Name-That-Synth-Filter: Help me identify the monophonic synthesizer used on "Dracula's Wedding", from the Outkast album The Love Below. Samples inside... [more inside]
posted by sluggo on Dec 13, 2005 - 9 answers

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