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What Instrument would you like to have that is not a Keyboard?
Using the octave two below middle C, either select a drumset patch or send on MIDI channel 10. Kick and snare are on low C and E, high-hat is Ab and Bb. Bb is open high hat, Ab is closed. Play both hands fingers 2 & 3. Toms for fills will be near fingers 432 on the right hand, DCB I think. Crash and ride cymbals up around right hand G# or so. For a deeper kick you can play B or A instead of C.
Had fun at the other night while the keyboard part was silence. Drummer was looking around madly, searching for the cow bell...
Drums? I totally recommend them. Started playing them few months ago. We keyboardists can pick up drums quickly
I agree. Especially organists. I think druming is lots of fun, but, like bass, I wouldn't like to do it as a main thing. I picked it up in high school from a few drummer buddies, & I think I can hold my own with most pop band drummers I've seen. I would very much like to have a decent set of e-drums or something like a Zendrum. Real drums are like acoustic guitars and pianos: if you want them to sound really good, you have to drop some serious coin.
Yeah, but that's so limiting, technique wise. I like flams and tricky half pedaled HH stuff. And I just don't like MPD style pads for doing 'real' drum parts; I know a few people can play amazing live drum stuff on them, but they must have gorilla fingers, I just don't think they're sensitive enough. Zendrum's the best solution imo. Until someone invents a better one, or at least cheaper...
what size is it? how much do you have to spend on the instrument (including bows , etc.. etc...) ?
It is a normal sized Stradivarius style violin From Dresden, Germany made about 1900. I acquired it at Elderly Instruments in Lansing MI. I actually asked them to pick one of their many used violins for me with the stipulation that I was a beginner but I wanted an instrument that could carry me forward in learning. They choose this, which an instructor, when playing it to tune, was very impressed with it's tonal qualities. I paid about $800 US, the bow I bought is an entry level cheap fiberglass number.
Plink - you might want to try a Yamaha DD-65. They fall in that wierd Yamaha grey area where they are priced like a toy, but make some really good noises, are decently durable, and totally playable.
I bought mine on a lark, and use it for a few different things -- a drum machine for practice (I hate metronomes), to beat out a part with sticks into a recording rig, or I can get rid of the sticks entirely and use them as hand drums. It has congas, bongoes, and a variety of kits, some suited to electronica, hip-hop, etc. I have a sneaky feeling it may have a full GM implementation of ~Y2K PSR quality buried in there, too.
If you actually wanted to play one "out", you can throw it on a snare stand and upgrade the pedals if you want. I have even considered throwing mine on top of my Leslie sans pedals and using it for congas at gigs. Would be one way to cover "Carry on Wayward Son", for sure!
I'd love an American-made James Tyler Variax. The things you can do with it and the new PODs are crazy, like assigning up to 50 parameters (with high/low and even reverse value ranges per parameter) to the volume and tone knobs, custom guitar tunings per POD preset, and routing the magnetic and modeled guitar sounds through their own signal paths to discrete outputs.
Re-member - if you like the theremin you might also like a ribbon controller.
My JP-8000 has a small ribbon controller that's fun to use, though it doesn't do note on/off data. I still aiming to control my Theremin traditionally (hands off) though, instead of the finger sliding techinque. My paper method actually involves taping a small square to the wall behind my theremin as a reference point. From there, I have to "tune" the position of my body till I'm able to see the square touching the right side of my left hand and hear it trigger the key of C. It works really well.
I would like to have an octave mandolin. I can play mandolin (sort of out of practice but my flat-picking chops when tuned/brushed up for a couple weeks are not too bad) and the octave mandolin sounds absolutely wonderful to me. The tuning is the same as an ordinary mandolin (like a violin and unlike a mandola or a mandocello) but one octave lower (derp). I have played a Weber octave mandolin that was for sale at "Homestead Pickin' Parlor" here in MN and similar to the one pictured below and also heard one played by a member of the Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra in concert and also for me afterwards when I asked her about it.
I also think it would be fun to have a set of really nice bongos and/or congas.
...Music can be used to stimulate mass emotion, while mathematics cannot; and musical incapacity is recognized (no doubt rightly) as mildly discreditable, whereas most people are so frightened of the name of mathematics that they are ready, quite unaffectedly, to exaggerate their own mathematical stupidity.
G.H. Hardy in A Mathematician's Apology (London 1941).