#1
sorry for the title; I'm sure there's a real name for instruments like this, But what I've been thinking about is instrumentsthat aren't tuned with the same intervals we are used to: for example, I was reading something about bagpipes which said they are tuned similar to intervals we're used to (C,D,E,F etc.) exept the top two notes are ~ 1/4 of a tone out of tune. also, I think middle eastern instruments are sometimes tuned to differently to the one we're used to, so they actually have notes that are kind of "between"eg: the keys of a piano.

but we often see these instruments in bands, playing with other musicians; how do they do it?

also, how do they write music for them? do they use completely different notation?

also - and please don't take offence anyone who listens to this music - I can't help but notice that songs these instruments play (bagpipes, indian-sitar-mondolin-thingys) all kind of sound the same - is this just cos mywestern-trained ear can't hear the notes properly? or is it something inherent in the music? like, because it's so old, or because you can only get a limited sound style out of the instruments (eg: bagpipes allways drone). I think it's probably cos I don't have a taste for that kind of music - cos they're are forms of western music that I think all sound the same and I don't have a taste for.
#2
i like hurdy gurdys
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