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Making my own musical instruments!

 
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dusepo



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:02 am    Post subject: Making my own musical instruments! Reply with quote

I made something like a banjo for the music I am making which will feature my conlang and musical elements (scales, etc) from my conworld.

It's basically a biscuit tin, some wood, and nylon fishing wire for the strings. I also have many other instruments planned. Let me know what you think!






(Maybe this belongs elsewhere. Feel free to move it if so...)
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langover94



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OHH!! I like it. How did you get the strings to stay on the tuning pegs?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you maybe get some sound samples? I never heard fishing wire used as a string.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm really interested in this, and yes, sound sampels would be great! ^_^
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dusepo



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Can you maybe get some sound samples? I never heard fishing wire used as a string.


I think some west african Koras use fishing wire. Anyway, here is a recording of me playing (or trying to play) my instrument!

http://www.savefile.com/files/1407053

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OHH!! I like it. How did you get the strings to stay on the tuning pegs?


i drilled holes through the middle of the pegs, and put the strings through these holes. I then tied the string to itself. However, in the last few days, the pegs have been slipping as i guess the pegs are getting worn down. I have put pins in the holes to keep them in place. This means i can now tune it up properly. I have tuned the strings to A, E, A, C, and the 'frets' i drew on there are pentatonic from E, making some interesting and weird sounding scales!

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eldin raigmore
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is great!
Not only is that instrument itself good work, dusepo;
it's also worth congratulating you on how you posted it to us!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, the sound is really great! ^_^ You'd guess that it was just some odd instrument, not one self-made. Razz I like it.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AWESOME!

The pot resonator really gives some unique sound, especially on chords.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A question:

If I have my own instruments, should I post here or start a new thread?
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dusepo



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hemicomputer wrote:
A question:

If I have my own instruments, should I post here or start a new thread?


i don't mind, lol.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hemicomputer wrote:
A question:

If I have my own instruments, should I post here or start a new thread?


It doesn't matter really.

I would personally make my own thread, just because I wouldn't want to thread-jack dusepo.
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dusepo



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems i am finally getting the hang of playing my instrument, lol. Here is a recording of me and my brother jamming with my instrument and a miniature Oud that my parents brought back from a holiday in Tunisia.

http://www.savefile.com/files/1422573
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