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What other instruments do you play?
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anathama
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I play piano, accordion and ukulele.

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I play Piano too Smile

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I play the recorder/alto recorder aside from the violinLaugh

Took piano before but I have a thing for strings 

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I play piano (a little, but I have fun with it), but I plan to learn guitar this summer.

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i used to play harmonica, piano, organ, chinese fiddle, chinese zither, chinese flutes, recorder, guitar, carillon, and pipe organ. I still touch harmonica, guitar, chinese fiddle, chinese flutes. Most of those instrument i can't carry them with me. confused Among those, i love carillon best, but when you play carillon, you are lonely unless you brought someone along:)

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Had to look that one up. I guess you can't carry the carillon with you.

Is this similar to what you play? Does it sound like a lot of bells? Is it similar to the vibraphone in sound?

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I also play at keyboard and alto recorder.  However I also collect bamboo flutes and all kinds of pipes in the hope that I will learn to make music from the weird mouth piece, i.e. a little hole to be blown like a Coke bottle.  After years of gallant attempts it is clear that it will never happen.  I usually wind up with a headache after blowing a lot of silent air.  (This is what happens when primitive societies are deprived of Sam Ash stores but own a drill.)

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Piano, classical guitar, alto recorder, harmonica.

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Strange.  So far Daniel, Cab and Oliver have alto recorder as a second instrument. 

Very mysterious.  Guess people just don't know the notes going up from one octave over the staff dazed (I don't).

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yes, that's a carillon. To qualified to be a carillon it has to have at least 23 bells, otherwise it's called chime. Carillon means bells. Carillon just sounds like a bunch of bell played together. You play on a console with your half fists and pedals with your feet. The keyboard set up is just like piano but the keys are batons. The batons are connected to the clappers of the bells, when you pushed down a baton, the string gets pulled and then when you released the claper is released and hit the bell and make sound. So there could be delays.

I was trying to attach a link where you could read more about carillon, but not successful. If you are interested do a search, wikipedia has a brief description about carillon. I will see if I could attach some carillon music in the future.

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Oliver, to play a bamboo flute, you will need to hold the flute side way. There are two holes on one end and six or seven holes that spread down to the other end. You blow on the first hole, but you need to have a film -- it's usually a membrane from the inside of bamboo. If you can't find a flute film, you could replace it with garlic membrane, the inner layer that is closer to the garlic. You will probably need to wet it with your saliva to get it stick on the flute around the second hole. If you really can't get it to work, a cellephone tape (scotch tape) will work, too, but it may not sound as good. Tell me how it works for you!

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Oliver, See picture below, The first hole on the left is the blow hole, you will need to cover the second hole with a film, then the next  three holes are for your left index, middle, and ring fingers, the last three holes are for you right index, middle, and ring fingers.Image Enlarger

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Fiddlerman,

BTW, bells for carillon are usually on minor third, so they sound out of tunes or weird to those who play piano.

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Anything that appears so simple must be very hard to play wink

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Well, Oliver,

not really, it's probably difficult to play well, but it is pretty east to play. For bamboo flute, when you blow you blow air across the hole, like you describe -- blowing air across a coke bottle's mouth.

One flute only has two octave for one scale, e.g. c flute only play CDEFGABC, you blow harder to get higher octave. So, start with blowing gently to get the lower octave, then blow harder to get the higher octave. Once you get the scale down, you could start playing tunes.

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My flute has only 6 holes which must be a more difficult variety ?  My daughter bought it for me. 
My son bought me a fife.  Maybe I'll try that.  It is much smaller and I hope it would take less air. 

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Does your six-hole flute have a "whistle" on one end? If it does, then blow there and the fingers go on the six holes -- left index, tallman, ring, right index, tallman, ring and you hold the flute streight -- it is a vertical flute would be even easier to make sound.

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My flute looks like these.  Chinese?  India?

 

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yours is a vertical flute, so if you cover up the blow hole from the top (set up as in the picture) then you could start playing.

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i meant blow from the top-- the end that is partially blocked.

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