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What instruments do catters play?

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Subject: What instruments do catters play?
From: Sam Pirt
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 05:53 PM

I don't think that this tread has been done before but if it has sorry. I thought it would be a good idea to find out what catters play so you can find a catter who plays the same instrument as you!!

The more people enter this thread the more usful it will be!!!

I play Piano accordion, and have played that for seven years. Its my main instrument. Although I also play Bodhran, flute, whistle and of course spoons!!!

Bye, Sam


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Fadac
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 06:10 PM

Hi Sam. I'm learning the piano accordion. I also play concertina, some penny wistle, some bones.

I've played the anglo for about 4-5 years now. The piano accordion sence last Oct. (just got out of Palmer Hughes Book #1. ) So I'm getting the "classical" education on the Accordion. The teacher showed me how to bend notes on it. So when I get a better handle on it, I'll be playing some blues.

On the concertina, sea chanties, and some Irish and English folk songs. (some Scottish & American too)

However, I think this thread ran once before, several months ago.

Fadac, da squeezer man.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: emily rain
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 07:14 PM

harp, piano, guitar, recorder, voice

just learning hammered dulcimer and considering purchasing a tin whistle.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Herge
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 07:49 PM

Guitar both standard tunning and DADGAD, 'G' Banjo, Fiddle, Tenor banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, bodhran and a little whistle.

Herge


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Bert
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 07:53 PM

I PRETEND to play guitar. 3 chords at least.
Bert (whose really a singer)


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Jo Taylor
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 08:00 PM

1. Flute (silvery type)
2. Sax
3. Other whistly things - d & g pennywhistles, tenor, descant & sopranino recorders
4. Guitar
5. Fiddle, & a little bit cello...
And I sing after enough alcoholic lubrication...

Not necessarily in order of importance or competance.
Jo x


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: SueH
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 08:04 PM

I've played the penny whistle & flute on & off for years, learnt the piano as a child (that takes care of that then!) & am now learning the violin. In another 2 or 3 years perhaps I'll be able to call myself a violinist.

My husband sings & plays the bodhran (no jokes please) & washboard. You can see a picture of him on his band's web site - ah, I've forgotten how to do a clicky thing. Back soon

Sue


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: SueH
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 08:11 PM

Right, I think I've got it. To see the Tam Lin site, Click Here.

Sue


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: SueH
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 08:15 PM

Sorry if anyone tried - try this instead Click Here.

I'll get it right eventually!

Sue


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Susan A-R
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 09:08 PM

I sing and play fiddle, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, viola, (really nice instrument in a folk context) and spoons (Who doesn't?) I have an electric base which I should learn to play, and I covet any mandola, bouzouki/octove mandolin that I meet.

Susan


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Helen
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 10:45 PM

Emily,

Do you mean a harp-with-strings-type harp or a blues harp. You have to be specific at Mudcat because it *is* a folk and blues site.

I play Celtic lever harp, and flute, and I have also played around a bit with a doumbek (Egyptian drum) and a bodhran - but I don't inflict these instruments on other people - well, not very often anyway, not until I get better at it. Social responsibility, what a wonderful thing!

Helen


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: sharon
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 11:14 PM

My main instrument (the one I occasionally allow myself to play in public) is the hammered dulcimer. I'm learning folk harp....wow, it's not as easy as I might have thought! I also play around with the pennywhistly and concertina. Oh, mustn't forget the mountain dulcimer. And occasionally I manage a few tunes on the assorted antique instruments I've found at auctions, antique shoppes, etc.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: campfire
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 12:16 AM

Lately, the computer and the CD player. When I'm sufficiently motivated I've been known to play 6 and 12 string guitar and dulcimer, and sing. I used to have a mandolin, but didn't ever learn to play so found it a home where it is very much loved. Instruments don't deserve to be ignored.

campfire


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: alison
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 12:20 AM

Hi,

I know we had a thread on this before.... but I can't find it.....

flute, whistles, bodhran, keyboards, accordion, ....still trying to master uilleann pipes, concertina, sax, guitar and mandolin....... oh ...and I play a mean shakey banana!!!!

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 12:29 AM

I play the piano, sax, drums ,and guitar!!:)

Giz


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: MissMac
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 12:35 AM

I play the bodhran and am learning the piano and just mastered the scales on the tin whistle.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Jory Nash
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 01:00 AM

6 & 12 string acoustic guitar, piano, little bit o banjo and many a layered vocal harmony. Cheers, Jory Nash


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 01:04 AM

The usual folky group.....guitar, banjo, mandolin, autoharp, harmonica, Appalachian and Hammered Dulcimer (of which I'm also a builder). Working on blowing up the possum's ass (Hey Barb, the notes are improving). Learned piano at a young age but only use it to figure structures and progressions. Played bassoon, sax, clarinet, and flute in high school and a bit later, but got hooked on folk.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Jeri
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 11:11 AM

I mostly play fiddle.
I can play tinwhistle (D) well enough to play along with others.
I used to play dulcimer, and can, somewhat.
I'm trying to learn hammered dulcimer. I fool around on banjo, mandolin, bones, and spoons. I like to sing more than I like to play.
I've always had a wimpy voice, and I've been extremely frustrated. Two weeks ago I asked a friend who sings very well and very loudly, for help. She pointed at someone else. I talked to him for about an hour, and he helped me immensely. Last night in a session, the subject of songs with dates in the first line came up, and I sang the first line of "Diesel and Shale." People looked at me like "yeah, and the rest is...?" I kept going and finished the song. I surprised people - one friend turned around and gave me a "what the hell" look. (He said later he couldn't believe that voice was coming out of me.) People sang along with the chorus. (On the 2 or 3 other occasions I attempted to sing, they didn't.) They applauded for what seemed like a long time when I finished. (They're regulars - I think they were acknowledging my accomplishment of actually being heard.) Please forgive me if this little "happy dance" is out of place, but after years of being virtually mute, finding my voice feels like a miracle. Yeah - I like to sing.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: PJ
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 11:46 AM

Good for you Jeri!

I can relate to your "happy dance"...

I was a classical pianist for many years, just discovered traditional Irish & folk music recently. The sense of community and support for newcomers is unlike anything I've experienced in music before.

Love the bodhran, I've studied several different styles in the last year, with some amazing bodhran players in San Francisco area. The whistle and recorder have been fun for me too.

But every week in sessions I hear someone stand up and belt out a tune, with a voice so clear and strong my own bones vibrate, and I think to myself "that's one instrument I'll never be able to play".

My husband (a professional singer for many years) was sweet and encouraging, and finally convinced me to give it a try.

I had my first voice lesson yesterday, and I was scared to death. I'm a good enough musician to know I'm a lousy singer. I figured I've been given an old upright honky-tonk piano, and no matter how well I learn to play it, it will never have a Stienway tone.

My teacher was precise and insightful. She made me feel comfortable, took me through a variety of exercises I could understand, then said "now make this sound..." What came out of my mouth surprised and amazed me. I looked around to see if there was a ventriloquist in the room. Did that come outta ME?

"THAT'S your voice," she says. "We just have to teach you to use it when you sing." I felt foolish for getting teary-eyed, but it's so amazing to think that a sound like that is available to me!

So good luck with your singing, sounds like you've got a lot of support-- and congratulations on finding the courage to belt one out in a room full of people!

Does anybody else out there remember the first time you found your voice?

PJ


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 12:31 PM

Things with strings...pretty well.
Things you blow into...adequately.
Things you squeeze....abominably.
Things you pound.....annoyingly.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Night Owl
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 12:44 PM

Guitar, Autoharp and Mountain Dulcimer....(and "Taps" on the Fife. Jeri...Congratulations!!!!I'm feeling the same way you did. We had a great thread recently on how to sing, which included some valuable,useful, simple information and exercises. I can't find it and don't remember what the title was....anyone??


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Jeri
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 12:47 PM

I started a new thread about singing at The Mouse that Roared (Finding Your Voice)


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 01:26 PM

PJ--Welcome. I take it you're another Bay Area person. It seems there are quite a few of us, and some of us have managed to get together: Fadac, Dave Swan, my young friend Sonja, and I met at Quinn's Lighthouse in Oakland. Mike Billo is another--we've talked about meeting at the East Bay Fiddlin' and Pickin' potlucks, but haven't yet managed to make the connection.

The next one is July 11 at the home of Alice Green, 2220 Sacramento, Berkeley (University Avenue exit, up University a half mile past San Pablo, right on Sacramento a couple of blocks). This one is coordinated by Jean and Jeff Crossley, (530) 795-2906.

BTW, who is this voice teacher you mentioned? It sounds like a really exciting experience.

--seed


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Ferrara
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 04:47 PM

Instrument-wise, I play zither, MacArthur harp (Pictures of both on the Mudcat photo album site) and guitar. Also misc stuff, eg piano and used to play violin, can play a dozen tunes on concertina but I don't own one. Can play rowdy stuff on a full-bass piano accordion.

The zither is great for Civil War stuff and parlor songs. The little harp is good for anything that I can sing in C that has no sharps or flats. It has a bouncy old-timey sound. The guitar, a very nice Martin D-28, is much too good for me but I refuse to part with it. (I do have a Gurian which I may have to part with, though.)

- Rita F


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: PJ
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 07:36 PM

Seed-- Thanks for the welcome. I am local and would love to meet the other EBMUDcatters. Don't know if I can get the time off work on the 11th, but I'll try- thanks for the invite.

I also know the Lighthouse, when is the gang there next? I'll look for you among the peanut shells...

My voice teacher is Juanita Ulloa. She has a studio in Oakland and another in Walnut Creek, which is where I study with her.

I've been a teacher for a long time, and I love to watch someone with great teaching skills. Juanita has that in spades.

Meanwhile, did I miss your posting about what instruments you play? Does you sing?

PJ


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: emily rain
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 08:18 PM

helen,

sorry! i meant the harp with strings that angels tend to favor.

:-)


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: LEJ
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 08:21 PM

Diatonic harp, Conga Drum, some guitar(give me a few seconds to re-position my fingers between chords), and a virtuoso on tambourine. I can sing.

LEJ


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Mark Roffe
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 09:44 PM

Guitar, dobro, clarinet, marimba & vibes when I can get my hands on some, and I enjoy making sounds on almost anything else.

Bark WOof


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Banjoman_CO
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 12:41 AM

I grew up as a jazz player. I played sax in several jazz bands. I was trained in woodwinds and taught woodwinds for 25 years. Took up 5 string banjo, guitar, bass both stand up and electric, and mountain dulcimer. My wife, banjo-momma plays mountain dulcimer and flute. My favorite though is 5 string banjo. I have wanted to learn hammered dulcimer but haven't been able to afford one. Oh, by the way, am I just stupid or ill-informed, but what is a bodhran? Fred


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Indy Lass
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 12:43 AM

I have a Washburn Cumberland guitar and a Martin A model mandolin. The Washburn I bought the day my Guild was stolen out of a music store parking lot. The reason it was there was my own stupid fault. In the excitement of buying my first amp (stupid, stupid...)I left my dear old friend behind. Two hours later I went back after I discovered it wasn't in the car trunk, and of course, it was gone. I had a gig that night so I needed a guitar. I'm still trying to learn the mandolin. I sing mostly celtic songs and I especially love the ballads, the longer the better, although my age is making it difficult to get through them without blanking out on the words at times--at least that's what I blame it on.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: catspaw49
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 01:59 AM

annieglenn...........Don't feel bad, Guild is the instrument of choice among discerning thieves. We found this out awhile back when we were running opinion threads on various makes. You can check this out by going back to the opinion thread on GUILD GUITARS, just click.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Frank of Toledo
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 02:15 AM

Just a battered old folkie, guitars 6 & 12, wee bit o banjo, mandolin, autoharp and mountain dulcimer, and do a San Francisco Bay Blues on my trusty kazoo.......


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Indy Lass
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 02:44 AM

Thanks, Catspaw, for pointing out that Guild thread. I wonder how I missed that one--was that one of those "backroom of the Mudcat" threads? Twas a bit painful to read some of those descriptions. Mine too was a D-25, mahogany-colored top. And compared to my Washburn it did have a quieter voice, much like my own. I have to crank myself up to sing with the Cumberland. It's jumbo-sized with a cutout at the base of the neck. It has mother-of-pearl accents around the hole and fancy designs on the neck. You know we ladies like that kind of stuff. It has a full rich sound. I hope whoever took my Guild will treat her kindly (or may he be cursed!). I've been checking around the music resale businesses in the area though, in case just maybe I find my old friend. She's got some dings in certain places and I would know her the second I saw her. Sorry--I'm still grieving the loss. It's only been a little over a year.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: PJ
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 07:42 AM

Banjoman Fred-- Many musicians yearn for the good ol' days before they knew what a bodhran was. It's an Irish drum and the subject of endless jokes. Played well it can produce an amazing range of sounds and styles, which are a great backbone for reels, jigs, polkas, etc. Played badly (which is often the case) it can make you want to take a hostage.

PJ


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Alice
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 10:15 AM

Bravo to those learning to use the voice to its potential. Singing in English is a disadvantage because the language has so many consonant stops (s, t, sh, m, ng, etc). It is a more difficult language to get the greatest potential developed in your voice. For that reason, a good teacher of vocal technique will have you learn songs in Italian just for practice, and for technical muscle and placement development. You may never sing them in public, but using the Italian to practice opens the voice up when you use the techniques that a good teacher can show you. Learning something in French can help you develop the 'lift' of the soft palate as well as singing from the 'mask' of the face.
We have had several threads on the topic of singing technique and development.
This one has links to warming up and vocal health, etc.
singing voice

Here is a thread from 1997 about catter's favorite instruments (my favorite is my voice).Favorite Instruments

alice in montana


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: catspaw49
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 10:28 AM

annieglenn.......BTW, there are threads on major brands in lots of price ranges and you can always add your opinion to the threads for future reference. The whole idea was to give some Mudcat opinions to those looking for a guitar and have them all in one group of threads. Type --Opinion--in the filter box and refresh fo 90 days and you should get all of them. And you can add your thoughts on your old friend to the guild thread AND add in on the Washburn thread your opinion on your Washburn.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Jeri
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 10:45 AM

I've got a "Bruno and Son" banjo that I just got out of its case for the first time in years. (The foam rubber in there had turned into tarry gunk which is now all over the place.) Anyone ever heard of Bruno before?

The mandolin's a Harmony, and someone gave it to me. I've seen the thread on guitars and there's been mention of Harmony banjos, but I haven't run into another Harmony mando owner yet.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 08:03 PM

PJ, the next time I will try to get the gang together in Quinn's is Thursday, June 24 (every other week 'cause Sonja plays waterpolo in between). I'll send messages to all the Bay Mudders I know and see if we can take over the place.

I play mostly banjo and harmonica--frailing/clawhammer is my favorite banjo style, but I also up-pick and do some slow three-finger picking. On harmonica I've been working the last few years on playing everything crossharp style (C harp for G, G for D, etc.) and use for all but the blues and some railroad songs Lee Oskar Melody Maker harmonicas, made with complete scales in the draw harp key--great for ballads and even for some bluesy types of things: I play a pretty hot "Columbus Stockade Blues" on a G Melody Maker (I have them also in C, D, E, and A, and blues harps in those keys--except E--and Bb, F, low F, and Lee Oskar natural minor harps in Am, Dm, Em). I play straight harp on a lot of fiddle tunes. I also play a bit of guitar and pretty good autoharp.

I play with a group (I'm the only Mudder in the bunch) which consists of two banjos--one of which turns into a harmonica on half our songs, three guitars, a fiddle, a mandolin, an autoharp, a keyboard, and a bass player and a couple more vocalists--all of us do some vocals: the autoharp player, all three guitarists, and I do lead vocals on different songs. We're strictly a social band, although we have played a few parties--for food and drinks.

I'm looking forward to meeting you, and hearing what Juanita did for your voice. --seed


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: PJ (the bodhran identity)
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 09:56 PM

Seed-- I have a meeting on the 24th in Alameda, I should be able to stop by Quinn's afterward, circa 9:30. Is that too late?

We may meet even sooner... check my reply to you on the bodhran thread.

seed ya later-- PJ


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 01:51 AM

I saw it, PJ--and I'll drop by the Plough for a pint and a listen. And the Sons of the Buccaneers play until 10 p.m., so we should all still be there. --seed


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Mark Roffe
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 02:30 AM

Bseed, very interesting about the Lee Oskar Melody Makers. I play mostly regular cross harp, but I'm gonna try one of these out.

Mark


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: danl
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 06:46 AM

once apon a time a played the violin but found it irratating in the extream (when i played it i hasen to add, not when others played it) so i took up the double bass instead. a brief flirtation with the mandolin followed which as far as i was concened was a small double bass the wrong way up but then i discovered these things called chords and got very stuck...

ive decided to stick to the most practacle of all instruments now - my voice. (not so heavy to carry around if harded to tune)

insidently, its great to be back after .. er.. 2 weeks away. two exams down, lots more to go.

love ivy b*


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 08:55 AM

I play my voice as well. It's a light, lovely thing, given to me by my mother. It's amazing to me how many musicians don't consider the voice an instrument. I competed last month in the High Plains Old-Time Country Music Show in Douglas, Wyoming, and I made the radical move of standing onstage singing a capella ("Fly Away, Little Pretty Bird" and "Bright Morning Stars are Rising"). One of the judges wrote on his/her remarks "You are so brave!"

If a guitarist had stood out there playing alone, would s/he have been considered brave?

(I won second place, by the way. Thirty bucks and a trophy that almost looks like it were made out of metal -- but not quite. It is one of my treasures now -- but not nearly so much as the "Miss Congeniality" trophy I won when I was 17....)

KC


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: hank
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 09:05 AM

I enjoy my mandolin. Still more to learn, but I can make MUSIC on it! Can't take it as fast as it can go, but within the limits of my 7 months training I can make music. It is a great feeling when I get it, everything clicks, and it is a song I'm playing not just some disconnected notes. I need to find someone to play with though so I can get chord practice. chords don't make a song for me alone, but in lessions when I play them and my instructer does melody they do add to the song.

Once in a while I pick up recorder, the old plastic alto one from second grade that I've not yet learned, and probably never will. An the old Saw blade, but I need more practice. Interesting interserments, but I need moreparctice.

I'm among the select few that can play the spoons. If more people were willing to even try, more people would play them. Next time your at a party of non-folkies pick up the sppons and start playing them, you will see what I mean.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Rex
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 03:03 PM

I like to play anything you can bow or strum, blow into or across. I have no focus. I also enjoy finding instruments from around the world. One friend has a set line whenever I come up with something new. "Here's another instrument _REX CAN'T PLAY_. If I played just one thing maybe I would get good at it but that's no fun. I have given up on brass instruments and reeds mostly but I keep trying the clarinet. It sounds so neat. Keyboards of any kind confound me. I can't do a thing with a celtic harp. And I won't touch the bagpipes or any of it's cousins as I know where that would lead. I would end up playing nothing else.

Rex


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Jen
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 10:12 PM

Well, I can now update my list from last year, but no additions.

I, too, play my voice. I like that phrase! I love ballads. I sang "I Wonder As I Wander" at the Midnight Mass at Church on Christmas Eve. A Capella(sp?)I love singing. :)
I'm also teaching myself to play the harp. I have many tin whistles, flutes, a really wonderful little zither named Sophie, an accordian, autoharp, mandolin, trumpet, clarinet and probably more. I have to cut my collection, though, and I hope the ones I decide not to move go to good homes. (I'm getting married in Oct. We're supposed to be singing the vows. :)

I had two Pakistani harps, and now have an old unknown maker wire strung, which has the nicest tone I've ever heard.

I see these instruments at fleamarkets and antique shows, and feel sorry for them and have to buy them. I have to quit doing that.

My goal with cleaning out the collection is if I'm not going to play it, sell it to someone who will. Getting married isn't cheap!*grin*

Jen


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Alice
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 10:42 PM

Jen, I have a Pakistani harp, also. Where did you get yours? Do you know any other owners/players of Pakistani harps? I tried to find others through the internet about a year ago, (including a thread at the 'Cat), but could find no other information on the harp. I got mine from Ethnic Musical Instruments Co. Here's a page and photo from my website=Alice's Pakistani harp


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 11:13 PM

My main instrument is my voice after that it's been bodhran for around 20 yrs. which I also use, from time to time, as a solo accompanying instrument to back up my singing. Also mess a bit with bones & spoons.

Jeri. Sounds great, they're not an easy crowd to sing with/for so not only good for but great for you, wish I'd been there but I was forced to drag myself to a festival. Next time (?) I'll be asking for you now that I know. See Ya, Barry


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Graham Pirt
Date: 15 Jun 99 - 05:53 AM

Sam should know my answer to this as he is my son! I play Northumbrian smallpipes and a guitar which is the most expensive pitchpipe around!


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Jeri
Date: 15 Jun 99 - 09:11 AM

Barry - getcher butt up here!

Actually, now the task is to learn some songs instead of just the choruses.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 15 Jun 99 - 09:47 AM

I only play the kazoo (in private in front of consenting adults only). I can pedal the player-piano and sing along but fail to play it. Other instruments I fail to play are a couple of harmonicas and a five-string banjo: my attempts at self teaching convinced me I have a tin ear (I already knew about the lack of hand-eye coordination!)no doubt why my spouse won't let me whistle (more off-key than my singing).
I should have stuck to playing on the linoleum.:)
When I retire in about 5 years time I WILL learn to play something, I WILL, I WILL.(Otherwise she'll get me doing the garden).


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Sophie
Date: 15 Jun 99 - 03:05 PM

Play the harp (I am not, and I repeat NOT, in any way angelic, nor is the music I try to make). Melodeon will be bought and murdered as soon as I have funds. Sing when drunk. Sophie


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Sophie
Date: 15 Jun 99 - 03:05 PM

Play the harp (I am not, and I repeat NOT, in any way angelic, nor is the music I try to make). Melodeon will be bought and murdered as soon as I have funds. Sing when drunk. Sophie


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Sam Pirt
Date: 16 Jun 99 - 10:04 AM

Hi

I also now play the 'free-bass' accordion!!

Bye, Sam


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Jeremiah McCaw
Date: 16 Jun 99 - 11:14 AM

Voice - sometimes a capella, although my friends claim that's a sure sign that my medication needs adjustment. Talk about working without a net! "A capella", BTW, comes from a Latin phrase meaning "I couldn't afford a guitarist"!

Bass guitar, got 4 (I'm becoming a collector in spite of financial realities):

Pan bass from the 60's - not a great bass, but it looks so funky I had to have it. Semi-acoustic, symetrical venetian cutaways, sunburst finish, floating bridge & tailpiece design (bridge even has a string mute - this is from the days when electric basses were just supposed to go thud, thud, thud).

Gibson Les Paul Triumph (sometimes referred to as the "Recording" model) - 'bout 1973, if we've got it dated accurately. Short-scale neck, like all my basses. I was given it in two pieces, the headstock broken right off. My friend thought I might be able to cannibalize the pickups to improve the Pan's sound. Instead I was fortunate in finding a repair shop ("Don't Fret" in Waterdown, Ontario) who thought they could restore it. As a result, I've got a fine solid body electric.

Fender BG-29 acoustic bass guitar - a very recent aquisition. Has a surprisingly deep acoustic tone for its body size, and Fishman electronics on board make things much easier for the sound people at the folk clubs where I hang out.

And my pride & joy - an acoustic bass guitar that was built for me by Glen Reid (Burk's Falls, Ontario). I don't care that my playing doesn't merit such an instrument; it's mine and I love it! It has a large sorta lute-shaped body that joins the neck about the 9th fret, miles of bottom end and enough volume to allow me to participate in acoustic singarounds without upsetting the traditionalists by lugging in an amp. For sound systems, I had Ralph Pickersgill of Port Dover, Ontario install pickups in it. I make no claims for my bass playing - I'm an amateur plunker and that's it - but this bass gets me INVITED places! Love it. Check out http://www.interlog.com/~dcntexp/Grgall.htm for actual photos of one of my bass's brothers. Glen just converted mine to a fretless neck, and it no longer plays - it SINGS! Lord, I can't believe how lovely it sounds.

Oops! Guess i got a little verbose there. Sorry.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Easy Rider
Date: 16 Jun 99 - 11:55 AM

What a variety of instruments!

I feel so ordinary, just playing flattop acoustic guitar, mostly fingerstyle blues and some folk.

EZR


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Bert
Date: 16 Jun 99 - 12:39 PM

and I always thought that "A capella" meant "I haven't worked out the chords yet"


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: skarpi
Date: 16 Jun 99 - 07:42 PM

Halló All, I play Bodhrán, Guitar and tin whistle. I started to play the bodhrán in january this year and I had some problems at first. If someone can or will help me to learn more please let me know on this thread. slán go foil. bless skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: alison
Date: 17 Jun 99 - 03:01 AM

skarpi,

See if you can get hold of Stefan Hannigan's bodhran book + audio or video tape, it's a great, easy to follow way to learn.

Or send me your email and I'll send you the handout I give out at my workshops. but it really is just the basics... and you may be well beyond that now.

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: skarpi
Date: 17 Jun 99 - 01:20 PM

Halló Alison, here is my E- mail address;

skarpih@islandia.is

I have not seen this book by stefan Hanningan here in Iceland, but if you can send something it is great. I have much more to learn on bodhrán. many thanks skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 17 Jun 99 - 01:45 PM

Alison, could you send me that bodhran handout too please? I have the Hannigan video but my wife won't let me play it!

Mclaw@btinternet.com


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Jon W.
Date: 17 Jun 99 - 01:53 PM

I started on electric bass a long time ago, no longer play it though I still own my first one. I moved to acoustic guitar for several years, have learned the basics of tin whistle, and these days I am concentrating on 5-string banjo, which I have found to be the easiest way for me to make a melody that sounds like more than one finger playing on a piano. Also I've picked up a few great tips on singing since I've been frequenting Mudcat - thanks all especially Alice in Montana.

Jeremiah McCaw, thanks for posting the link to the acoustic bass pictures. I've built a couple of instruments as a hobby - which is a great kick - and have contemplated building a bass very similar to that. I have always wondered why the big instrument companies insist on sacrificing body volume for neck length on AB's - it was great to see that someone shares my vision of short neck, big body. Please tell me more about the sound and shape of your instrument.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Easy Rider
Date: 17 Jun 99 - 03:09 PM

> I have the Hannigan video but my wife
> won't let me play it!

Should we start a thread on bodhran jokes? Are they like banjo Jokes?

EZR


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Fadac
Date: 17 Jun 99 - 03:41 PM

ER, A bodhran is very similar to a banjo. More like a naked banjo. A banjo without a handle.

Q:What'a a banjo with no strings attached?

A: bodhran

-Fadac


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Alice
Date: 17 Jun 99 - 05:47 PM

Jeremiah, very funny...
a cappella from the Italian (from the latin) "in the Chapel style", meaning without accompaniment. Guess it could mean not only 'can't afford a guitarist' but also 'no guitarists allowed'.
-Alice


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Allan C.
Date: 08 Jul 99 - 04:54 PM

I just realized, as I began to post here, that I have been playing guitar for nearly forty years! I suppose I should be able to claim proficiency on some other instrument by now, as there are many which interest me. However, such is not the case. (Unless you count singing, which, for me, is practically one and the same as playing the guitar.) I have a small collection of instruments which sit and wait for me to finally decide to learn to play them. Meanwhile, they bide their time by occasionally gracing the hands of visitors and guests. My current desire is to acquire a stand-up bass. I played one briefly many years ago and would love to do so again.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 08 Jul 99 - 05:14 PM

I inherited a Mansfield 5 String Banjo that my sister lost interest in when the fifth string peg began to slip. She had a guitar by then and ignored the Banjo for years. I got tired of being the only non playing member in the family and fixed the peg and started to play about twelve years ago. I got so that I could play a number of Bluegrass tunes fairly well and then my Daughter was born nine years ago followed 15 months later by my son. Chasing the two of them around gave me little time to play, so I have ignored it for a long time, but I am going to visit relatives at the end of the month, all of whom are players. So, with the children becoming more independant, I'm going to get the old fiver out and get practising so that I can play music as opposed to just listening. I also want to get a bass.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Vixen
Date: 09 Jul 99 - 10:32 AM

After close to a year of training/lessons, I can say with small confidence that I now *play* my voice. (I've been *noodling* with it since I learned to sing nursery rhymes!) I've been playing the guitar for around 30 years, the recorder for around 20, the pennywhistle for six months, and the orchestral flute for three weeks. I took piano lessons for 6 weeks when I was 17, but then my house burned down, and I couldn't afford another piano. I loved playing it. I'd like to get another one, but I've been renting since then, and I seem to move too often...I should probably buy an electric.

V


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Neil Lowe
Date: 09 Jul 99 - 10:57 AM

Accoustic and electric guitar. Ability: in the poor to fair range, "strictly (mostly) rhythm, he doesn't want to make it cry or sing," (acknowledgement to Dire Straits for that last line)- inclined mostly to the "blues," in all varieties, shapes and sizes, although I am in complete awe of people like emily rain above who can wield the angelic harp with some expertise (for such an imposing instrument it has such a sweet and tender sound)....really liked that melancholy Celtic tune titled "The Lone Harper" and adapted it to guitar and play it on a regular basis when I have the accoustic out.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Rex
Date: 09 Jul 99 - 11:15 AM

Didn't we have a weird instruments thread? I have a bowed instrument with the label: "Fiddlette, one of the "Ette" instruments". It was made by the Gamble Hinged Music Co. in Chicago. I asked them about it but no one there recalls anything about the "Ette" instruments. This Fiddlette has a cheap violin neck and fingerboard attached to a hollowed out block of wood open to the back. This is then attached through a wood rod to a block shaped as a chin rest. The result is a real skinny fiddle kind of like the traveller's kit fiddle of old. But this one was made no earlier than the twenties from its appearance. The sound is dreadful and weak but there was no bridge for it. I modified a violin bridge for the flat surface with limited success. Perhaps there was something fancier that did the job? Does anyone recall this Fiddlette or any of the "Ette" instruments?

Rex


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: CarlZen
Date: 10 Jul 99 - 03:00 AM

My first real good guitar was a Gibson B-25 that I got in 1964. I still have it. It is a bit worn, but it has character and still is sweet plying. I have a Taylor 410 which has a nice, big and warm sound. I have a Washburn banjo. It is an Asian made banjo and I enjoy plunking around on it. I really love some of the old modal tunings, (g,C,G,C,E) is a lot of fun to hammer around with. About four years ago I kept finding myself in the compahy of some serious bluegrass people. Before any of us knew it we were performing. I had the only mandolin, a Flatiron flat top that was real loud and screaming and I knew my way around its fret board, but really was not very 'bluegrass literate'. I believe I was more obnoxious than the banjo! I soon moved up to a Flatiron A-5 Artist model, (it was brand new and I got a great deal on it.) I have fallen in love with the instrument. I was really forced to learn to play bluegrass. It has been wonderful musical discipline. My solos and licks aren't real heavy on the traditional side yet, and some died in the wool purists look askance at me when I don't pick 'em out like Monroe used to. I can only say that I wish I could! The most fun has been discovering the chunk, the variety of chord forms, and being the 'snare drum' of the band, working off of our bass player.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 08:04 AM

I play tin whistle, I am learning to play mandolin and i have just bought myself a guitar (about half an hour ago!) it ia a Washburn D10.john


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Frank Maher (extra)
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 09:11 AM

I Play 4 Stop Button Accordion,Tin Whistle and Harmonica!


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: CarolC
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 09:34 AM

Piano accordion is my main instrument and my first love, musically speaking, but I can also play recorder, whistle, a little bit of piano, and I recently had the pleasure of trying out a melodeon of the variety that looks like a small piano rather than a button accordion. It was pretty cool.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 10:58 AM

I play acoustic guitar, electric guitar with my gospel quartet, banjo and mandola. I played fiddle years ago with a very loud hammered dulcimer player until he found someone who could play better than me. It didn't take long.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: 53
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 11:12 AM

Piano, Bass, ukelele, guitar.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: MudGuard
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 11:18 AM

I don't know whether it can be called playing yet
but I started to try to play tin whistle.
MudGuard


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Celtic Soul
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 11:25 AM

Well, primarily, I am a singer. I have nearly a 3 octave range, and have been honing it (for better or worse) for 25 years (more or less) now, and am responsible for most of the harmonies I sing with my group.

However, if we are strictly speaking of "instruments" then, I dabble with the bodhran. Depending on who you ask, you will hear anything and everything from "Wow!" to "Eh" about my playing. But, all in all, when I compare myself to what I have seen onstage, I would rate myself as average. I'll take that...


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: C-flat
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 11:25 AM

I play guitars mainly. I also have a mandolin but haven't got round to learning more than the two-fingered chords yet. I'm also keeping an eye out for a banjo to add to my troubles.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: CarolC
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 11:32 AM

Just in case anyone's interested in seeing the melodeon I was speaking of (and who wouldn't be, right?) a picture of it can be seen right here.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: John P
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 11:39 AM

Cittern, acoustic guitar, Celtic harp, lap dulcimer, oud, piano accordion, keyboards, electric guitar, tenor guitar, mandolin, yuan, bass guitar, recorder (a bit), hurdy-gurdy (somewhat), lots of percussion (bodhran, doumbec, tar, riq, bendir, tupan, drum set).

It's a sickness.

JP


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Mooh
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 11:57 AM

Voice, piano (somewhat lost chops, as I don't play it much), guitars (6, 12, electric, baritone, classical), electric bass (fretted and otherwise), mandolin, banjo (5 string, not Scruggs style), some pennywhistle, and a variety of other instruments like upright bass (though not well), harmonica (you don't wanna be in the same county), hand drums, and whatever else I can get my hands on.

The main problem is getting the money to keep decent instruments on hand.

I need a corporate sponsor.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: InOBU
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 12:06 PM

Well... I play Uilleann pipes, Tin whistle (I make low d wistles) Wooden concert flute, bodhran and other noise makers, a bit of concertina and harmonic (they are really the same instrument - just one has a bellows, eh?) guitar badly, hurdy gurdy (stringed pipes really), warpipes, and a few other nick nacks, I sing (come from a singing family) and write a few songs... Larry


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 01:07 PM

I play two:

1. A classical guitar. Note I say "_A_ classical guitar" rather than "classical guitar". My playing style is best described, I suppose as a sort of "degenerate classical guitar style".

2. 5-string openback banjo, clawhammer (or frailing if you like that word better and think it's a different thing).

Each of these is used almost exclusively for accompanying my singing of folk-type songs, usually story songs. I'm a solo entertainment act (when I can get anyone to listen).

Over the years I've tried and failed at teaching myself harmonica and flageolet (a sort of recorder-like woodwind). I also failed at teaching myself 5-string banjo, but finally had the wit to get a teacher. Took classical guitar lessons for about two years about fifty years ago.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Miken
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 02:10 PM

Acoustic guitar, a Martin D-35 and a OO28G; I sing . and am learning B/C button accordeon. Also have an old Dobson 5-string banjo which I need to have restored soon - a greatfrailing banjo


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Anahootz
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 02:30 PM

I just retired as lead Air-guitarist for a world-famous bar band in Schenectady...

Actually, I play Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, Bass, Fiddle (NOT violin), Bozouki, tinwhistles, bodhran, and anything else thats not nailed down, or fast enough to move.

My mandolins are my prizes...I have a Larry Hughes F5, #20 finished on 12-4-00, A Ken Ratcliff "Silver Angel" F5 finished in '00, and a J. Docy F5 finished on 10-4-01.

I also have a Paul Hathway Irish Bozouki that I make wierd irish-sounding noises on, as well as a Martin D-28, a Fender San Marino, a Washburn D-12-12, a Piece-of-crap Ovation, an Iida banjo and a cremona copy fiddle (dang, wish it was a REAL cremona...)


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: John P
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 05:53 PM

Arahootz, Since you say your Ovation is a piece of crap, maybe I can get away with this bad joke:

A musician walks into a guitar store with an Ovation in his hand. He says to the person at the counter, "Can you give me a set of strings for my Ovation?" The shop person thinks about that for a few minutes and finally replies, "Yeah, sure. That's a fair trade."


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Crane Driver
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 06:01 PM

Duet concertina - Crane system, obviously - since 1971, and I'll keep playing til I get it right.

Recently took up the bowed psaltery, an instrument developed from a medieval device for slicing hard-boiled eggs.

Voice - like someone else above, I can claim to be responsible for MOST of the sounds I make.

Andrew


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: JeZeBeL
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 06:04 PM

Hmmmmm, my main instrument is trumpet, which I've played for 12 years, flugel horn, cornet, bodhran(my main instrument now)which I've played for two years, seamus o'kane one, penny whistles (susato,overton and generation), piano accordion which sam is teaching me..well he is again now I have a car again, keyboard, piano(a bit), guitar a bit, djembi (senegal), oh and flute(wooden, tradiotional variety).

Jez xxx


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: X
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 06:18 PM

A Gibson 1937 RB-12, an E. Ball Twin neck with 4 knee levers and six peddles, last but not least a 1941 D-28.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: smallpiper
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 06:37 PM

Scottish small pipes, Highland pipes, Guitar, whistle, low wistle and the fool more often than not!


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Beer
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 07:06 PM

Acustic Guitar mostly. Some piano and and harmonica.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: DancingMom
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 08:03 PM

I sing (2 and 4-part harmony, alto mostly). Just started playing blues harmonica. also penny whistle and recorder. Played guitar years ago and as soon as I purchase another, gonna give it another go. Sharon


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: John Routledge
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 08:09 PM

Sing and play Northumbrian Small Pipes - not often simultaneously :0)


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Noreen
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 08:12 PM

Carol, are you sure that was the picture you intended to link to? I can't see anything that looks like a melodeon in the picture entitled Alonso S. Wheaton's Quadrille Band , and I'm interested!

Noreen

who sings, plays ceili piano and is learning the Anglo concertina.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: CarolC
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 09:49 PM

Noreen, it's not the kind of melodeon with which you are probably familiar. It's the big boxy wooden thing right in the middle of the picture with the woman sitting behind it. It's related to the kind of melodeon you know about in that it is a free reed instrument with a bellows. But it's in a piano-like cabinet and the bellows are operated with foot pedals. Here are some other pictures with some information and dates...

http://www.kshs.org/cool/coolmel.htm

http://www.cuc.claremont.edu/fiske/melodeon.htm

http://www.reedorgan.com/portfolio/pratt.1865.white.html


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: 53
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 10:18 PM

Good John from Hull I'm glad to know that you'll be taking up guitar. I think that you'll enjoy it.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Melani
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 10:23 PM

Penny whistle, guitar, mountain dulcimer (well, five tunes), six-hole flute (slowly), and I can play "Yankee Doodle" on a harp.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 24 Mar 02 - 03:02 AM

Fiddle, for Irish and Scottish music. Voice, for chanteys and a few other songs.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Frug
Date: 24 Mar 02 - 03:33 AM

Well I'm playing a Guild D40 from 1971, Admira Classic nylon strung, Tanglewood 12 string, Fender Stratocaster (a real one) Windsor President 5 string banjo, 8 and 12 sting mandolins and a fiddle which I am currently learning to play.

Frank


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 24 Mar 02 - 05:35 AM

My main instrument is the violin which I have played for 17 years and I am now trying to play folk fiddle. I play traditional flute when I can prize it out of Jez's hands as she has taken quite a liking to it since I bought it in November. I play the piano, keyboard, clarinet, viola!!! Yes mine and Jez's house looks like a music shop!!!

catsPHiddle x


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Tam the bam fraeSaltcoatsScotland
Date: 24 Mar 02 - 06:12 AM

I play the guitar and Bordhan and I'm also left handed.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Tam the bam fraeSaltcoatsScotland
Date: 24 Mar 02 - 06:13 AM

I forgot I also sing, well I'm not bad at the singing.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: 8_Pints
Date: 24 Mar 02 - 08:06 AM

I play clarinet, Northumbrian Small Pipes and sing.

I have also built two bodhrans, (the first wasn't very good!) and have used the 'bones' (again, not as well as Sue plays them). 0)

Bob vG


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: alanww
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 05:28 AM

I sing and am learning the English concertina. Such a joy to discover them at over 50!

I went down to Sammy's Bar ...!"
Alan


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 11:27 AM


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: GUEST,Heely
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 11:34 AM

In addition to a University degree in piano and organ, I have addded the bagpipes. Check out Heely


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: GUEST,jonesey
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 12:20 PM

6 & 12 string guitars, mandolin, mandola, irish bouzuki, tenor banjo, harmonica, piano(limited to chording), auto-harp(21 button)and voice.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Wesley S
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 01:20 PM

Guitar since I was 15, mountain dulcimer since I was 20 and the mandolin I started getting serious with about 3 years ago. I also have an octave mandolin.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 01:32 PM

Concert harp, Celtic harp (gut-strung), Celtic harp (wire-strung), piano & assorted keyboards, guitar, voice; and I used to play recorder in a Baroque trio but it was so long ago I don't think I could remember it now. Nice to see some other harpers listed!

Bonnie


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Bobert
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 02:46 PM

12 string, 6 string, steel bodied resonator, tenor guitars, mountain dulcimer, percussion, and (where's Spawz?...) and 1908 antique pedal organ. (Please Spawz, don't do it...)


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: RolyH
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 03:03 PM

My introduction to folk music was playing drums in a rather noisy folk/rock band during the heyday of the UK folk/rock scene in the early 70's.In my old age I have quitened down to guitar and dulcimer (but still look to see if there is anywhere to plug in)


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: GUEST,Heely
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 04:12 PM

I tried to get this site on earlier. . . southernbranch.com/Tanners/ The band is my brothers and husband,plus one extra. Lots of fun instruments.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: buddhuu
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 09:58 AM

Pardon me resurrecting such an old thread. As I'm fairly new as a participant (former lurker), I've been rummaging through the dusty attic of Mudcat, and found this topic.

Anyway, I play a lot of instruments badly and a few averagely. I'm no virtuoso at any.

In descending order of competence...

Not too bad at mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo (short scale - smallish hands)

Sort of on the rough side of ok at guitar (after 35+ years of playing it), bass guitar, tin whistle and bodhran.

Pretty dodgy at fiddle, harmonica and bouzouki, but have still been known to play them in a session!


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 10:46 AM

Hi! I'm new to Mudcat, too, though fairly mature in chronological age.

I've been playing the guitar for about 18 months. I still tend to let nerves get the better of me on the very few occasions I've played with an audience. I'm not even on the rough side of OK yet!

I can knock out a few recognisable tunes on the whistle, and I've just ordered an octave mandolin that I was hoping to get in July but which I've been told repeatedly by sources other than the maker that Christmas is more likely :-(

Things with black and white keys or buttons flummox me.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 07:36 PM

I'm good at carrying a guitar. Heavy sucker, too.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Bobert
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 07:50 PM

Hmmmmmmm???

Okay, first of all I play acoustic guitars/resonators... Tenors, 6 strings, 12 strings...

The I play a "Lowebow" invented and made by John Lowe himself... It is a 4 stringed instrument with two dowel rods for a neck and a cigar box for the body... It has 3 homemade pickups inside the cigar box and is played with a combination of fingering and slide and make an incfrexdible amount of music and really surprises people when they first hear it...

Then I play a custom electric guitar that is made froma slab of wood and a neck... It's a 5 string and has two handwound pickups and is a prototype for the "Honeydripper" guitar that was made especially for the movie by the same name... It is awesome...

Then when I am in the mood and have a little extra energy I'll set up a drum set in front of me and play snare/highhat/bass with my feet while playing any of the above...

Thinkin' seriously about going to Blues Week this summer and taking Phil Wiggins beginner harmonica class so I can add that into the mix... Still 50/50 on that...

B~


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: deepdoc1
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 07:58 PM

Guitar & iPod.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: kendall
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 08:02 PM

6 string guitar. (Adequate)
12 string guitar (Enough to get by)
5 string banjo (Ask Jacqui)
Voice was once pretty good, now sucks.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Bobert
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 08:48 PM

If ya had a Martin then that would be an "adequate plus", Captain...


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 09:05 PM

Sorry, this one above, listed as "Guest" was me on another machine, not logged in properly:

Hi! I'm new to Mudcat, too, though fairly mature in chronological age.

I've been playing the guitar for about 18 months. I still tend to let nerves get the better of me on the very few occasions I've played with an audience. I'm not even on the rough side of OK yet!

I can knock out a few recognisable tunes on the whistle, and I've just ordered an octave mandolin that I was hoping to get in July but which I've been told repeatedly by sources other than the maker that Christmas is more likely :-(

Things with black and white keys or buttons flummox me.


My guitars are:

- a "cheap" Martin DCX1, ie, Mexican made with HPL back and sides and spruce top, but it sounds great and is easy to play. I must have tried out 30 guitars when I bought it, and it suited me better than even some instruments costing almost twice as much. Had it about 8 months.

- An Epiphone Les Paul "Black Beauty" bought second-hand off Ebay 18 months ago. Really nice to play and a bargain too.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Mark Ross
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 11:03 PM

6 string guitar,
12 string guitar(tuned down to B like Leadbelly),
5 string banjo,
Fiddle,
Mandolin,
Dobro,
Autoharp,
Harmonica(both straight and cross harp),
dulcimer(some),
pennywhistle(some),
jew's harp,
Tenor guitar,
Kazoo,
Bass(if I have to).


Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: mousethief
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 11:04 PM

Guitar.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 12:04 AM

Anything with a keyboard - favourite is Pipe Organ, but Piano Accordion is portable.
never been able to play guitar or harmonica seriously, but will have a go at anything else - currently over a dozen 0 now limited by lack of funds to buy them....


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Rowan
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 12:58 AM

Leaving the voice aside, I started on lagerphone and progressed to anglo, on which I can make a nuisance of myself in several genres. In Flying Pieman I was frequently observed doing various imitations on mouth organs (OK, "harmonicas") and single row melodeons, which I like for their fruitiness but they take up a bit of room in the car. The bandoneons have a similar fruitiness and handle like the anglo (in one case) and a piano (in the other) but they take up even more room in the car.

I've inherited a 5 string banjo and a fiddle, so I'll probably annoy people with those in a while. The daughters have made good use of the flute, piano and recorders I had acquired over the years and are now rather good; much better on them than I could ever be.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 01:50 AM

Guitar(Martin D-21 1963 Cocolobo Rosewood; Larrivee, Thomsley Seaturtles; Custom-made at factory 1980 Stratocaster, Brazillian Rosewood Madagascar Ebony fretboard; Concert Pianist; keyboards Technics PSR 1; Roland Juno 60; Bass guitar. Sound engineer, composer, lyricist; recording artist, live performer.

I used to sing more, but not so much now as writing for 'other' voices.

GfS


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 04:02 AM

string:
sigma dm4m - (so so player)
morgan monroe mandolin - (i'm rubbish, need lessons)
appalachain dulcimer - (as above)

wind?
tin whistle (recently picked up a £4 jobbie, find I have lung capacity probs)
ocarina 4 hole - (can play slowly with tune book)
harmonica (only for fun)

percussion:
shakey eggs - (only if I don't sing along)
tambour 4 inch - (as above)

piano - (when I was a kid, teen and in mid 30s when there was one about. wasn't too bad but I only played by ear. never did learn to read music properly.)


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: kendall
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 12:12 PM

Bobert, I had a nice Martin but when I discovered the Taylor I sold the Martin.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Tootler
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 01:57 PM

Recorders (SATB & Contrabass)
Wooden Flute
Whistle (occasionally)
Harmonica
Anglo Concertina (sometimes)
And recently a Shruti Box

here is an example of the shruti box


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Mavis Enderby
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 02:29 PM

I'm glad this didn't ask what you play well. I play strings and more recently percussion:

Strings:

Guitar (mostly slide, mostly blues)
Mandolin
Banjo
Oud

Percussion:

Darbuka
Riqq
Dholak
Madal
Bongos

I've also got a fiddle which is an effective torture instrument in my hands. Also Tabla drums, but I underestimated the skill needed to play these well! I may come back to them one day. Riqq is a new instrument to me, but I'm amazed how versatile they are. The Oud is also fairly new, but I love how expressive and moody they are. Banjo though is the "desert island" instrument for me...

Pete.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Midchuck
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 02:50 PM

I just play guitar (standard and baritone). I have 11. I think. (Three or four are for sale.) I have a mandolin, but only know a few chords to fool around with.

Kris plays mostly fiddle, but is OK on upright bass, and can do basic chording on guitar. She took classical piano lessons all through childhood, then walked away from it after college. But she just bought one of those newer electronical pianos with more computing power and memory than my first few computers, and is getting back into it.

All kidding aside, Kendall's Taylor has more guts than any other Taylor I've heard, and than many Martins. But if I had his 12-string I'd go for long periods without playing the six at all.

Peter


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: GUEST,Songbob
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 03:15 PM

Amazing that I never saw this thread before.

I'm a multi-instrumentalist, and own and play a number of stringed instruments, plus harmonicas.

Guitars, steel-strung flat-top, archtop, classical, and electric
Guitar, 12-string
Guitar, Hawaiian
Guitar-banjo
Banjo, 5-string, fretless
Banjo, 5-string, fretted
Banjo, 4-string tenor
Banjo, 4-string octave mandolin
Banjo-mandolin (8 strings)
Ukulele, soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone
Mandolins, A-model, F-model, and flatiron-style
Autoharp
Appalachian dulcimer
Hammered dulcimer (inactive currently)
Fiddle
Harmonicas
Jew's harps (from several cultures)
Bones & Spoons (poorly, if at all)
Tambourine (also poorly -- my arm gets tired quickly)

Folks who know me -- have I left anything out?

Bob Clayton


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: MikeL2
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 03:29 PM

Hi

six string guitar - old hofner President - Yamaha FG-360
Keyboards - currently have Casio CTK5000

Don't play much these days

Used be really a "singist" but don't perform these days

cheers

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: GUEST,Murlpholly
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 03:35 PM

Husband plays piano accordian, button accordian, melodian, concertina, whistles, guitar, banjo 4 and 5 string, mandolin, ukelele, bones (from Patrick our own Gloucester Old Spot eaten many years ago but still playing well), Jews Harp, mouth organ(s), dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, and anything else put in front of him although not very good on violin. He also possesses drum kit, bodhrun, shaman drum, wash board, etc. etc. etc. These Irish who can play anything are really frustrating.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: The Sandman
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 03:39 PM

concertina, guitar,mandolin, tenorbanjo, banjo, harmonica,voice


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 06:52 PM

Winds:
- recorders (lots of them in different sizes, pitches and designs)
- Italian-type ocarinas
- whistles (most often the Hungarian double whistle)
- Moldavian kaval (for a very small repertoire)
- clarinets (mainly the Turkish low G)
- flutes (Boehm, 8-key, Boehm alto, marching fife)
- electronic bagpipes
- C melody sax (a bit)
- Armenian duduk/Azeri balaban (a bit)

Percussion:
- washboard (making a sound like a Scottish danceband drummer)
- guiro
- Middle Eastern drums (a bit): Kurdish daf, darbuka, davul
- gongs (for more or less theatrical effects)

Strings:
- oud
- cumbus
- cobza/koboz (a bit)
- Black Sea fiddle (a bit)
- autoharp (not out of the house yet)
- Afghan robab (just starting)

Keyboard:
- stylophone (which I play with the stylus between my toes as a drone for a wind instrument)

and a few other things in the pipeline.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: SteveMansfield
Date: 10 Apr 10 - 11:09 AM

In rough order of addition

recorders (garklein to bass and all stops in between),
whistles low and high,
fife,
Flute,
bouzouki,
rauschpfeife,
cornamuse,
English concertina


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Joe_F
Date: 10 Apr 10 - 09:53 PM

I can sort of hack things out on the piano, and have occasionally done so in company, but only in emergencies.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Mooh
Date: 11 Apr 10 - 01:48 PM

Primarily guitar, though I'd kill for a new bass gig. Still play some mandolin and banjo. Did a djembe gig a while back but I'm really no drummer of any matter. One of my bands just got (finally!) a new keys player so I no longer need to drag the keys around with me and I can concentrate on guitars.

Still collecting guitars and stuff. Since I last posted 8 years ago, there have been many guitars come and go, but some have stuck with me like a '79 Beneteau flattop, a House cutaway flattop, Godin Acousticaster, and several solidbody electrics (Godin Belmont, Tele Aerodyne, Godin LG, Tele Thinline). Also picked up a Yamaha digital piano, several amps (Traynor YCV50, YCV20, AM150 acoustic amp, etc), a nice djembe, a cheap baritone uke, and 2 cheap but nice banjos from GoldTone (BG250, IT250). Gone are the Washburn banjo, a Fender amp or two, an electric guitar or two, the old upright piano, some Remo djembes...

The core useful collection gets better at the expense of the lesser stuff which is as it should be.

And don't get me started on books, mostly instructional stuff and tune books.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Bounty Hound
Date: 11 Apr 10 - 07:55 PM

Acoustic guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, with my folk/rock band 'The Bounty Hounds'

Four string banjo with Green Dragon Morris

Five string banjo and Appelation dulcimer purely in the privacy of my own home.

John


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Sam O
Date: 25 Apr 10 - 09:06 PM

My main instruments are flute, alto sax and irish whistle and I've also just recently started singing publicly.

I've dabbled a bit with instruments such as the piano, guitar, ukulele, darbuka drum, bodhran and shaker egg.

I'd love to have a go one day at the piano accordian, violin, mandolin, banjo and djembe drum as well just to name a few, there are just too many instruments that I want to learn!

I heard John Thompson play the concertina at this years National Folk Festival in Canberra in a session, and it's the first time that I thought I might like to have a crack at the concertina as well. There's just so many inspiring musicians out there!


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 07:53 AM

Anglos - G/D, C/G, Baritone C/G, Bb/F
Whistles - in various keys
Bodhran - but only as solo song accompaniament
Spoons - if Dame Patty isn't around
Melodian - if I can borrow one when my wife isn't around
Accordion - if I can borrow one when no one's around
Hammer dulcimer - if I ever bother to retrieve it from whom I've lent it to.
Bombarde - ditto.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Fidjit
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 09:17 AM

Voice, Guitar, Anglo Concertina, Melodeon and Spoons

Chas


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: maeve
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 09:27 AM

Voice. Will be relearning whistle, violin/fiddle and eventually learning banjo thanks to various generous and privacy-respecting Mudcat friends.

Used to have voice, violin/fiddle, guitars, harp, mountain dulcimers, whistles, piano, organ-type melodeon, bodhran and other drums, and various other instruments.

maeve


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: BanjoRay
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 10:09 AM

I've been playing banjo for most of my life since the sixties. I've now got 4 five strings:
An open back Lo Gordon (Cedar Mountain) banjo with wooden tone ring (the Dwight Diller model) with a lovely mellow woody tone.
A. open back Bart Reiter Tubaphone with a brighter pleasant tone, lots of volume.
A Deering Sierra bluegrass banjo with resonator that I was lucky to find in an auction for a lot less than I would otherwise have had to pay. Very loud bluegrassy sound, but can be played much quieter. Too heavy for sessions, though.
An El Cheapo Korean banjo that I can dismantle to put in my luggage for skiing holidays.

Other instruments:
2 fiddles (standard and cross tuned) that I've been trying to play Old Time music on for 10 years with mixed success. I get it out in sessions when I'm the best Old Time fiddler there (very rare).

A cheap electric fiddle which I can practice quietly on after midnight without plugging it in.

An old Yamaha FG340 guitar that I occasionally pick up and strum.

A Roumanian flat mandolin that I've recently replaced the tailpiece on. I find that picking it is harder than bowing the fiddle for the same tunes.

A John Grey banjulele that mostly hangs on the wall.

A few blues harmonicas in different keys that I used to play much more than I do now.

A couple of whistles (half a dozen old irish tunes I've known for years)

A couple of Jaw's harps.

A stone jug and couple of kazoos - you never know when they'll come in handy!

Cheers
Ray


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: Seayaker
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 10:30 AM

Fiddle. I'm getting more time to practise now I'm retired.

Also, Mandolin, Octave Mandolin, and Short Scale Tenor Banjo, but it may be some time before they appear in public.

All left handed of course.


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Subject: RE: What instruments do catters play?
From: lefthanded guitar
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 03:43 PM

You're in good company Seayaker, just saw Bill Staines and man does he play a beautiful guitar.

As for me: Guitar. A little harmonica, a little dulcimer.

My only musical regret: Wisht I'd had piano lessons when I was a youngun.

But I can really wail on the kazoo.


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