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  • #16
    can't think of a single instrument I "hate".

    They're just tools...in the right hands any of them can sound great.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Surrealistic View Post
      ... The kind of electronic synth drums that were everywhere in the '80s ...
      That's a good one. As we sit here today it's hard to comprehend how prevalant those things were; across genres, or with new and established artists ...

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      • #18
        I'm not sure I hate any instruments. There are times when I dislike how one is played... like a badly played harmonica at an open blues jam. But I've got love for any and all instruments.

        (Glad to see all the flute love here... that was my first instrument).

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        • #19
          I don't have any instruments I dislike. It all comes down to how they are used within a musical composition. If someone like Frank Zappa had used Jews Harp in one of his songs it would be allot different then some foot stompin hick tune you commonly relate that instrument to. Using instruments in new and highly creative ways is what great music is all about. You don't have to include the music genre commonly used with that instrument.

          For example, back in my album collection some place I have a recording of and experimental 6 string Banjo that was recorded with nylon strings. The music wasn't your normal 3 chord hillbilly music, instead it was classical guitar done on a nylon string banjo. Though there were some characteristics of a banjo tone, it was actually very interesting to hear, especially playing that music.

          I could see someone using some pitch shifter or harmonizer on a Jews harp to change the mouth tones they produce to get something totally new from them if someone takes the time to really experiment with them. Harmonica might be another. The reeds move like guitar strings so. I can see some kind of inductive pickup being installed in one to get the kind of driven guitar tones you'd get from and electric guitar which would make the instrument into something very different from what we're used to. Then its just a matter of musical composition to really change the instruments character.

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          • #20

            Originally posted by soundcreation View Post
            can't think of a single instrument I "hate".

            They're just tools...in the right hands any of them can sound great.

            ^ this +1
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            • #21
              Originally posted by JRicoC View Post
              That's a good one. As we sit here today it's hard to comprehend how prevalant those things were; across genres, or with new and established artists ...
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps_DtvzUJlE

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcDxw6O1oRQ

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvOymGhO_fk

              Because a bunch of British and American guys thought Japan was cool. Even with early Western synth innovators like Devo and The Human League, their style drastically changed when YMO, Akiko Yano, and Isao Tomita innovated them. Both Japan (with David Sylvian) and Duran Duran have direct ties to Japanese artists like YMO and Masami Tsuchiya.

              The only thing I can't figure out is if Tony Banks was listening to them, because Genesis' Duke was a big influence on 80's synth bands too.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwk0x6U_0fU

              That was 1980, though.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s-K7JE8lKY

              Not a whole lot of synth here. So, Japanese groups and a few select British ones were innovating before it hit the pop airwaves.
              Last edited by Bucksstudent; 07-10-2014, 10:47 AM.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by BG76 View Post
                LIKE:

                Larry Conklin
                Ed Roman
                Genuine Vintage Guitars (Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Guild, Martin, Rickenbacker, etc... from the old days)
                Miller High Life
                Alexander Dumble

                DISLIKE:
                Made in China, North Korea, Iran crapola
                Slobs who take gear pictures in gross houses
                People who are racist
                Guns n Roses, Poison, Bang Tango and all those cock rockers
                Obama


                so, bg... are you still enjoying your mojave ma200 mic's?... i have a pair of ma 100s and really dig 'em.... great chinese-made microphones yeah?

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by soundcreation View Post
                  can't think of a single instrument I "hate".

                  They're just tools...in the right hands any of them can sound great.


                  agreed

                  i might not like the way an instrument is typically used... but that doesn't mean it has to be used that way

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                  • #24
                    LIKE:

                    1) Electric guitar. I really dig sustaining, melodic, 'soaring' lead tones.
                    2) Pedal steel guitar. Yeah, I know a lot of people find the sound irritating. I owned a cheap one for a few months, but sold it - it was just creating GAS for a "real" PSG and you can't touch one for less than $1,000, new or used. I'm not really a country fan either. It's a fascinating and unusual instrument, I'd love to have another one someday.
                    3) Moog Synthesizer - Wendy (Walter) Carlos' "Switched on Bach" still has some of the most amazing and organic sounding synth tones I've ever heard.
                    4) the HAMMOND ORGAN. You haven't lived until you hear one with the big Leslie speaker in a LIVE setting. The sound whirls around you in a way no stereo recording can adequately capture.
                    5) [[[[[BASS))))) . So satisfying, like biting into a big thick steak.

                    Honorable mention to: Wurlitzer electric piano: dirtier and more organic sounding than a Rhodes.


                    DON'T LIKE

                    1) Saxophone (I let one of my grade school buddies talk me into playing sax in school band, instead of drums. big mistake).
                    2) Scratchy, screechy "fiddle" - Dave Matthew's band is big offender here.
                    3) Bad 70's synth leads. "Wings" was especially bad, even Sir Paul admitted as much in an interview.
                    4) The ubiquitous DX7 electric piano patch. 80's power ballads, bleah!
                    5) The slide guitar opening on Freebird. Must be a Peavey combo inside a cardboard box. Distortion without sustain. Poor intonation too, gives it that sour, wailing cat sound.

                    I sort of like those cheesy 80's syndrums, the fills sound like "douche da douche douche douche da da douche douche. pa-peeeeww!"
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                    • #25
                      Thoughts on the didgeridoo, vuvuzela and the age old kazoo?
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                      • #26
                        I agree!
                        Originally posted by Mr.Grumpy View Post
                        LIKE: 1) Electric guitar. I really dig sustaining, melodic, 'soaring' lead tones. 2) Pedal steel guitar. Yeah, I know a lot of people find the sound irritating. I owned a cheap one for a few months, but sold it - it was just creating GAS for a "real" PSG and you can't touch one for less than $1,000, new or used. I'm not really a country fan either. It's a fascinating and unusual instrument, I'd love to have another one someday. 3) Moog Synthesizer - Wendy (Walter) Carlos' "Switched on Bach" still has some of the most amazing and organic sounding synth tones I've ever heard. 4) THE HAMMOND ORGAN You haven't lived until you hear one with the big Leslie speaker in a LIVE setting. The sound whirls around you in a way no stereo recording can adequately capture. 5) [[[[[BASS))))) . So satisfying, like biting into a big thick steak. Honorable mention to: Wurlitzer electric piano: dirtier and more organic sounding than a Rhodes. DON'T LIKE 1) Saxophone (I let one of my grade school buddies talk me into playing sax in school band, instead of drums. big mistake). 2) Scratchy, screechy "fiddle" - Dave Matthew's band is big offender here. 3) Bad 70's synth leads. "Wings" was especially bad, even Sir Paul admitted as much in an interview. 4) The ubiquitous DX7 electric piano patch. 80's power ballads, bleah! 5) The slide guitar opening on Freebird. Must be a Peavey combo inside a cardboard box. Distortion without sustain. Poor intonation too, gives it that sour, wailing cat sound. I sort of like those cheesy 80's syndrums, the fills sound like "douche da douche douche douche da da douche douche. pa-peeeeww!"
                        Last edited by bee3; 07-11-2014, 09:25 AM.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Surrealistic View Post
                          Dislike:
                          Trombone (are there ANY examples of a trombone being a good addition to a track?)
                          Chicago did a good job using brass including trombone



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                          • #28
                            When I chose trombone as my school band instrument, I thought it would be easier than an instrument that required fingerings. I have bad hand-eye coordination because of my exotropia. I found that the positions were easy enough, but I found playing boring and underwhelming. I learned some good music theory and bass clef for when I joined the high school chorus class, but it has a very uninspiring sound. It's between a baritone and a trumpet... Baritone probably has more useful qualities.

                            I should've played trumpet or joined the drum line.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Surrealistic View Post
                              Trombone (are there ANY examples of a trombone being a good addition to a track?)
                              It's funny. I think the trombone is the one instrument where former band geeks have the most fun in rock, pop, and R&B music. You see it all the time with working bands. There's a lot of trombone in Van Morrison, Wings (including a solo on Let 'Em In), Earth, Wind and Fire, and Blood, Sweat and Tears songs ...

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                              • #30
                                I think the trombone can be super cool... go and listen to some New Orleans music... Trombone Shorty...

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