Wind Instruments????

Terry Wilson
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson
3 weeks ago
254 posts
Don Grundy:
I am an incompetent diatonic Harmonica player. And a mediocre chromatic harmonica player. Neither offer the soft music of my dulcimers.
Don, I had to laugh when I read what you wrote. Ha. You just described me. At least that's the way I feel sometimes.

Hey, I don't play blues, only melody. On forums, this means I am less human. Kills me.

Don't be so tough on yourself, I don't need company.

Tremolos rock.
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
one month ago
1,791 posts

Hi Irene.  I have several Mirlitons -- one almost identical to the one Peter is playing, made by the same Austrian builder. Very spendy…  

I've also started making them myself.  Not as pretty perhaps but they play just as well.  I've made three so far from bamboo that is 3/4" but not 1" in diameter, with lengths from 5" to 10".  The covers are made from joint ends of larger culms.  I'll post some photos later.  I have one crummy vid on my YouTube.  Having trouble finding a way to make vids that aren't 50-80 Mb.  The membrane is a 2x2 square of plastic grocery bag tied/glued over the ends and trimmed.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one month ago
1,875 posts

Here is fotmd's own Peter W. playing onion flute with mountain dulcimer:




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IRENE
IRENE
@irene
one month ago
105 posts

Ken, I'd never heard of an "Onion flute" and went on youtube to see it played.  how fun is that!!!  Where did you get your onion flute?  aloha, irene

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
one month ago
1,791 posts

I play a bit of pennywhistle, but mostly Mirliton.  The Mirliton or Onion flute isn't really a wind instrument, it's a membranophone -- an ancestral kazoo more or less (but not as raucous or metallic sounding) from the 15th-17th century.  Sounds good with the dulcimer actually.  

Ever since getting my teeth replaced with an upper plate, I more or less lost the ability to whistle well; which I used to enjoy doing along with a friend's band.  The Mirliton lets me do almost all the complicated trills of whistling again.  

Atilwi
Atilwi
@atilwi
one month ago
3 posts

Same, John, in that, having a music education degree, I can supposedly play all of the band wind instruments, buuuuut.... I'm really a flute player. If I had access to the instrument and practice time, I have the foundational knowledge to pick any of them up.

I also do a little on soprano, alto, and sopranino recorder (mine are all plastic Yamahas, acquired for the purpose of teaching elementary children). Would love to learn pennywhistle, but haven't bought one yet.

John Keane
John Keane
@john-keane
3 months ago
208 posts

I'm a weird (or lucky) duck on this topic.  I'm an instrumental music education major, so I can technically play any orchestral brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument.  Honesty compels me to report that I would only consider myself competent enough to perform in public on seven or possibly eight of the brass and woodwind instruments (but any of the  percussion instruments...let's go) lol.  I also do penny whistle and Native American flute.  The cool thing is that new and wonderful challenges are still lurking around every corner.  I've been blessed to do okay as a tuba major/percussion minor.  Learning musical instruments is fun!  

texaswind
@texaswind
3 months ago
1 posts

I began playing clarinet at age 11, then studied it all the way through university.  After moving overseas, I began playing the diatonic harmonica.  That got me into Old Time music.  Now I've started playing the dulcimer, too.

Don Grundy
Don Grundy
@don-grundy
3 months ago
72 posts
I am an incompetent diatonic Harmonica player. And a mediocre chromatic harmonica player. Neither offer the soft music of my dulcimers.
Susie
Susie
@susie
3 months ago
275 posts

tssfulk:


Susie:

I started with flute in 5th grade, then switched to alto saxophone in 7th grade. Since then, I've played around with several recorders and the tin whistle. But for the last couple of years I've gotten into playing Native American Flute.

Great! My oldest son (17) plays the recorder really well and messes around with a bansuri flute from India, but he keeps talking about getting another flute. Which Native American flute makers can you recommend?

All 7 of my NAF's are High Spirits. Very good intonation, beautifully made and reasonably priced. I've been real happy with them. There are other good flutes out there too, but others would have to chime in about them.

tssfulk
@tssfulk
3 months ago
8 posts

Susie:

I started with flute in 5th grade, then switched to alto saxophone in 7th grade. Since then, I've played around with several recorders and the tin whistle. But for the last couple of years I've gotten into playing Native American Flute.

Great! My oldest son (17) plays the recorder really well and messes around with a bansuri flute from India, but he keeps talking about getting another flute. Which Native American flute makers can you recommend?

Susie
Susie
@susie
3 months ago
275 posts

I started with flute in 5th grade, then switched to alto saxophone in 7th grade. Since then, I've played around with several recorders and the tin whistle. But for the last couple of years I've gotten into playing Native American Flute.

tssfulk
@tssfulk
3 months ago
8 posts

I'm a bass trombonist and euphonium player. The dulcimer is my first try at a stringed instrument. 

IRENE
IRENE
@irene
10 months ago
105 posts

Bob, I'd love to hear that same tune on the dulcimers you make.   sweet and slow....I loved watching you play on your pipes....almost like a sit down dance.   and Strumelia, I sooooooooo love all the sizes of recorders.  I have a wonderful book to recommend to you to learn from.  Mine are all plastic from Japan....Wood recorders in Hawaii had a very hard time.  My fav. to play is the bass....That's how I got acquainted with SACRED HARP MUSIC was playing the recorders. all separate lines...then heard and sang that fabulous music at the OLD PAL MUSIC FESTIVAL for the first time last year.  yep. going again this year.  ALOHA, irene

Bob
Bob
@bob
10 months ago
175 posts

Thanks Strumelia :-) The bellows-pipes (aka cauld wind pipes) are an interesting animal to tame but when you got it they are really enjoyable. I had the Scottish Small Pipe chanter made specifically to fit the Scottish Border Pipes, so the volume was much reduced and the fullness of the Border drones really was evident and makes for an almost haunting tone.

They can accompany and compliment Mountain Dulcimers nicely also. A few small pipe players I met also play Mountain Dulcimers. Must be a drone thing flute

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
10 months ago
1,875 posts

Bob, that's so cool!  You are multi talented for sure.




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Bob
Bob
@bob
10 months ago
175 posts

Hi Strumelia, I just posted a  you tube video of my piping. The tune is a favorite of mine- MacPherson's Lament.

HEWalker
HEWalker
@hewalker
10 months ago
35 posts

I didn't....I will check it out-Thanks!

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
10 months ago
1,875 posts

Hewalker- beautiful recorders!  BTW did you know we have a thread here in this forum specifically about recorders:
https://fotmd.com/forums/forum/adventures-with-other-instruments/6926/recorder

 

Bob, I wish you'd post a clip of you playing one of your pipes!




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HEWalker
HEWalker
@hewalker
10 months ago
35 posts

Soprano-Smallest (I own) is a German Wesner

Alto-Middle is an Alpine

Tenor-Largest (I own) is a Wesner   All three are wood and have wonderful tone quality!

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Bob
Bob
@bob
10 months ago
175 posts

I play a type of bagpipes called the cauld-wind pipes;  Scottish Small Pipes (a set in "D" and one in "A"). Also Scottish Border Pipes. I need to get them out more often!

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
10 months ago
1,875 posts

HeWalker, what brand are your 'serious' recorders?  Can you post a photo of them here?  

I have a whole playlist on my itunes of medieval and renaissance recorder music. It's so beautiful to listen to!  I stick with penny whistles because recorders are simply too much of a learning curve for me at this point... and I had a much easier time learning the PW.  But I do think recorders sound the most heavenly.  angellic




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HEWalker
HEWalker
@hewalker
10 months ago
35 posts

Ken Hulme:

I built a Mirleton once -- the adult version of a kazoo. Also ocarina.

I have a few Ocarinas....fun to play.....I sometimes take one sailing and play when there aren't any waves!!!!

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
10 months ago
1,791 posts

I built a Mirleton once -- the adult version of a kazoo. Also ocarina.


updated by @ken-hulme: 01/23/18 06:51:50AM
HEWalker
HEWalker
@hewalker
10 months ago
35 posts

After reading Bill's post regarding Pennywhistle-I was curious what other wind instruments does everyone play.

 

I grew up on the Clarinet, Alto Clarinet and Bass Clarinet,  Recently (last year) started playing the penny whistle but most recently I have acquired and started playing the serious recorders.   I own a soprano, an Alto and a Tenor.  The alto is my favorite (I have tiny hands and it fits)