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GniknuS
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16 September 2011 - 12.02am

This could be to play or to listen to, it doesn't matter, but what instrument does your ear always seem drawn to? For me, there's nothing cooler than the thick sound of a Hammond Organ. The song I've included is a great example of the thick sound and at approximately :36 seconds in, there's THE hammond sound that I don't think any other instrument can replicate. Nothing pops music better, hammond funk is where it's at. Another example would be Steve Miller's Fly Like an Eagle which features that Hammond sound near the beginning which completely pops those "do do do's."

Other than that I'd say bass, or drums. Or maybe you prefer vocals over any instrument, a good harmony is tough to beat.

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16 September 2011 - 12.16am

Anything from a string quartet - I think an orchestra can change music in a song more then anything. Take a listen to this -River Man by Nick Drake. Listen to those drooping strings - and that acoustic? Forget about it. Acoustic guitar is number 2 for me, especially ion something like, oh, I don't know, The Man Who Sold The World (Nirvana's Unplugged version).

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16 September 2011 - 1.20am

Being a Scot i am always pleased to hear the bagpipes played live, sends a shiver down my spine. I know that it sounds like a cat being stood on to others.

Other than that the drums when played very crisp and clean. And i do like the sounds of the moog synth, but not when its played for 20 minutes. Short bursts.

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16 September 2011 - 1.30am

I'm definitely drawn to the cello or bass (string or guitar) when I listen to music. There's just something in lower instruments sound that I love. And loud pounding bass is some of my favorite stuff to listen to when I just want to loose myself in the music. (Trying to find some more music with that in it, but I haven't been able too.) And my ear naturally picks out those two instruments when I listen to music anyway.

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16 September 2011 - 8.35am

Harmonica with a button. a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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kelicopter
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16 September 2011 - 1.05pm

To play, probably melodica or keyboard.
To listen to, piano. I love watching and listening to really talented pianists, it gives me goosebumps.
To listen to live, I just love when you can feel the vibrations of a bass guitar. Nothing beats it imo. 

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16 September 2011 - 10.47pm

Guitar. ["I don't want to spoil the party" "I've just seen a face" "The Night Before" "Taxman" "Octopus Garden" "I want you" "Nowhere Man" "Blackbird" ....]

GniknuS, have you heard Stevie Winwood's body of work (Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, etc...)? It's all Hammond organ.

When he played at Madison Square Garden couple of years ago with Eric Clapton he had his Hammond on stage.

And that's Stevie Winwood's Hammond organ on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile."

I agree, that's a real specific sound.

Mr. Sun King, what do you think of the acoustic guitar work on McCartney's post-Beatle work? ["Dress me up as a robber" "Jenny Wren" "A Certain Softness" - which ones am I my forgetting?]

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17 September 2011 - 12.46am

Big fan of Paul's acoustic solo work, and if I dislike the song, the guitar isn't the issue.

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17 September 2011 - 4.40am

I have always been drawn to the sound of violins (as long as it's not played country style/like a "fiddle"). Either that or piano- played fast and loud, played delicately, played hauntingly- I just LOVE the piano. 

But my favorite instrument to play is the acoustic guitar... probably because it's the only one I play, but still!

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GniknuS
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17 September 2011 - 8.21am

Into the Sky, I haven't heard much of Steve Winwood but I'll check him out for the Hammond, thanks for the reference. I agree with kelicopter, piano is such a beautiful instrument and I have a tremendous amount of respect for anyone that can really play. I guess I've never really heard a song and been like 'there was too much piano there'...that thought has never entered my mind.
An instrument I don't really like, I would say the violin, I don't know why. I've tried Vivaldi but I just can't do it. I love the sound of a trumpet, and a sweet flute part usually puts funk songs over the edge. I'd still come back to bass though, especially the big double bass sounds on old jazz records, it's so thick.

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18 November 2011 - 5.21pm

Electric Guitar....I have one Stratocaster 🙂

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18 November 2011 - 5.46pm

I have a fetish for old-fashioned analog (primarily monophonic) synthesizers, but I'll also second Gniknus' Hammond-love - that percussive, boiling-over effect. And also droney things like a sitar or bagpipes. And a well-recorded drum kit (which excludes 90% of recorded drums since 1983 or so, but never mind...)

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18 November 2011 - 9.03pm

Some monophonic synths sounded absolutely awful though - like standing next to a pneumatic drill. Others sounded great. Can't fault those Hammond B3s though.

But my vote - today at least - goes to a well-played acoustic guitar. I once did a bit of work with this guy - he was only 18 at the time but played astonishingly well. It was a delight to be in the same room and listen to him play.

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19 November 2011 - 1.28pm

Despite sounding like a total amateur(which I am ), I think violin looks very beautiful, and so does harp. As for which instruments I like to listen to, well, all of which include a keyboard, such as piano, organ or synthe-. I like their smooth, "melodic" sound;which is probably the reason I'm not too keen on instruments you have to blow in (like saxophone), because there is a gap between the sounds. If that makes any sense. And regarding what I like to play… Well, piano. Of course, I can't "really" play it, I just play some simple things according to my ear. I would like to learn to read the notes, but I suppose I should have to find a piano before that…

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20 November 2011 - 3.01pm

Gniknus, if you love the Hammond organ, you have to check out the grand-daddies of all Hammond organ songs,

I'm a Man and Gimme Some Lovin' (Stevie Winwood when he was with the Spencer Davis Group)

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the Winwood/Clapton version of Hendrix's Voodoo Child

(if you're into slow, dreamy songs)

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GniknuS
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23 November 2011 - 6.50am

Very cool, thanks for those.

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23 November 2011 - 9.50pm

It's a great question, Gnik.

For me, it's whatever instrument happens to "pop" on any given track. The bass on songs like "Rain", "Paperback Writer" and Cream's live version of "Crossroads" - the bagpipes on Wings' "Mull Of Kintyre" - acoustic guitar on just about any Grateful Dead or Allman Brothers song (ya gotta hear Little Martha) - the organ on Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" - the list goes on...

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