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Name some lead instruments that are off the beaten path

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by suckamc, May 17, 2011.

  1. suckamc

    suckamc Member

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    I'm doing my CD. I need an instrument for this one melody and I don't want to stick another guitar on there.

    Let's think off the beaten path for a second: I could mangle some regular instrument, but what are some melodic sources that most people don't think of? Mangle a voice... a kazoo... a child singing... car horns.... farts are non-tonal, so that won't work... an ebow, I suppose, but it's still too "guitar"...

    Or what are some (I hate this term) "ethnic" instruments (violin is no less "ethnic") that aren't always included on samplers?

    Or what are some software instruments with some stuff I might be looking for? I have a couple of samplers, NI Komplete, everything that comes with Logic and other stuff.

    Or or, if you have some killer preset you've made to some soft synth that don't sound too... SYNTH-ish.
     
  2. sixstringslut

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    F-horns and oboes go with anything.
    Bagpipes are a touch risky.
    But, the world needs more D'jiraddo (sp?).
    Hammer dulcimer ?
    Just brainstorming man...sorry.
     
  3. suckamc

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    A big brainstorming session is exactly what I'm looking for! Thanks man.
     
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    Are you looking for an instrument that you can easily learn and play yourself, or are you going to bring someone in to play it?

    I've been playing mandolin and violin for the last year or so. Guitar will always be my first and best instrument, but I'm already a better soloist on mandolin/violin. To me they are the ultimate lead instruments; seven frets within easy reach in the first position, and straight fifths tuning make for lots of available double stops, etc. It is just much easier to get melodies out of my head and into the instrument. Violin has the added bonus of being fretless, and having endless sustain; so much easier to be expressive than a guitar with all the cool slides, huge vibrato, volume swells, etc. Playing a violin "feels" like singing. It is also much harder to learn. On the downside, they are pretty lousy rhythm instruments compared to a guitar.

    I would consider a mandolin, mandocello, buzouki, or other instrument tuned in fifths. You'll be amazed at what comes out.
     
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    I've played violin since I was a kid. Not quite the sound I'm looking for. I can play mando, but I've never tried a mandocello or buzouki. I'll check them out.

    Sarod.... that's a cool suggestion, too.
     
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    Chapman Stick?
     
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    No thanks. Can't run the risk of time travel.
     
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    If you want instantly recognizably ethnic you can use a kora for a West African sound or a sitar for inflections of India.
     
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    I love the sound of the cümbüş, a sort of modern Turkish hybrid between an oud and a banjo:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cümbüş

    And I second the suggestion of the Bouzouki or octave mandolin.

    And don't underestimate the soulful expressiveness that's possible from a button box accordion when it's in the right hands.

    Louis
     
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    I thought of that one. I love that thing.
     
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    If you run a harp (harmonica) through some dirt, verb and delay you can have some pretty cool tones.
    My entire last cd was loaded with it. Check it out and see if it might work.

    WWW.Ourstage.com/profile/thunderharp
     
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    on the ethnic/historic side of things I'd recomend the following.

    Thumb Piano - great rthymic melody divice
    Hurdy Gurdy - Real head turner sounds great as both lead and rhythm

    Or change of theme

    try a theramin
     
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    esraj... my fave when stuck
     
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    Nice, but I only know one guy that plays it. Probably the same guy. ;-)
     
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    Just checking out the esraj on Youtube. May need the number for that guy...
     
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    Checking out my samplers... there's not an esraj in the bunch. Poop. Quantum Leap Ra has it, but $350....
     

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