#1
Alright, so I'm half of a two-piece epic-folk duo. Both me and my bandmate play guitar and we both have about ten years experience under our belt. However, we want to add some flavour to some of our songs because we don't have a drummer or bassist and as a result we're fairly limited in what we can play.

So, instead of actually getting a drummer or bassist, we're looking for fairly cheap, obscure, crowd-pleasing instruments that we can play to add some variety to our songs. I play harmonica and we've also got a set of cheap bongos, but I was looking for more, preferably obscure instruments. Not like a didgeridoo, because we don't have the money or means to acquire such an instrument, but something along those lines. Instrument difficulty isn't a huge issue because we don't mind learning something new.

Does anyone have any ideas for strange but fun instruments that can liven up a song?
#2
You could always get a mandolin.
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#3
I made my didgeridoo for about five dollars. PVC and beeswax is all you need for a decent didgeridoo.
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You could always get a mandolin.

I was actually going to get a mando a while ago but I went with a keyboard instead. I'm still learning it, so I guess I should have added that to the list above. A mando would actually work quite well if I could get a cheap enough one.
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I made my didgeridoo for about five dollars. PVC and beeswax is all you need for a decent didgeridoo.

Reeally? And it actually sounds good? I've gotta try that.
#7
A Trumpet or Recorder. If you look in your local classified ads, They always have obscures instruments lying about for a good little bargain. Hope that helps.
#8
one of the most fantastic instruments [edit] (bar the guitar) to ever grace the earth is the greek form of the lute, commonly known as the bouzouki...try having a look sii upon t'internet for some more info...
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I made my didgeridoo for about five dollars. PVC and beeswax is all you need for a decent didgeridoo.

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one of the most fantastic instruments to ever grace the earth is the greek form of the lute, commonly known as the bouzouki...try having a look sii upon t'internet for some more info...

Gave it a look, seems pretty cool. A bit out of my price range though. I'm more into things that can be made for cheap.
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Gave it a look, seems pretty cool. A bit out of my price range though. I'm more into things that can be made for cheap.


sucks...got mine from greece for about 70 euro's, but i carried it home on me ole back...i guess shipping prices would be astronomical...
#12
For adding a bit of flavor to your songs, there's nothing better than a saxophone. Go out and get yourself a soprano sax and learn. It's a really great instrument and there's so much you can do with it. If you don't believe me, just listen to Dream Theater's Another Day. You can't tell me that the sax doesn't add to the song.
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I was actually going to get a mando a while ago but I went with a keyboard instead. I'm still learning it, so I guess I should have added that to the list above. A mando would actually work quite well if I could get a cheap enough one.


Check the pawn shops. I've found a few for fairly cheap in there. eBay's always an option as well.
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#15
Try going for some traditional folk instruments. I recently started playing the concertina, it adds a really cool element to the music. Or, as someone previously stated, you can never go wrong with a mandolin.
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#19
'Epic-folk'?

'Like a bat out of hell, I'll be gone when the parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme comes...'

Maybe look for an autoharp, bouzouki, dulcimer, lute or Stylophone.
#21
banjo!

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#22
They're expensive, but a flugelhorn is pretty cool. I love that name!

A didgeridoo is a good idea. I made one. Here are some instructions to make a cheap one: http://www.didjshop.com/shop1/make_your_own_didgeridoo.html

And, I'm not sure how it's done, but manualism is always interesting. Here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manualism_(hand_music)

There are some good examples of manualism on YouTube.
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#24
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'Epic-folk'?

'Like a bat out of hell, I'll be gone when the parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme comes...

Haha, yeah, we kind of coined the term ourselves. That's pretty much what we are though. We tell long epic stories in song with lots of intensity, but not so much that we actually have to plug in our instruments.

Great ideas so far guys. We've already decided to make our own didgeridoo, and I'm looking into ocarinas.
#25
Quote by CtrlAltDel
Alright, so I'm half of a two-piece epic-folk duo. Both me and my bandmate play guitar and we both have about ten years experience under our belt. However, we want to add some flavour to some of our songs because we don't have a drummer or bassist and as a result we're fairly limited in what we can play.

So, instead of actually getting a drummer or bassist, we're looking for fairly cheap, obscure, crowd-pleasing instruments that we can play to add some variety to our songs. I play harmonica and we've also got a set of cheap bongos, but I was looking for more, preferably obscure instruments. Not like a didgeridoo, because we don't have the money or means to acquire such an instrument, but something along those lines. Instrument difficulty isn't a huge issue because we don't mind learning something new.

Does anyone have any ideas for strange but fun instruments that can liven up a song?


Perhaps a mbira ?
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#27
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You could always get a mandolin.

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#28
Oh, hell, why didn't this occur to me?

Slide guitar, man. Easy to learn, gives a new sound to what you're doing. You could get a dobro, just use an acoustic, maybe even a lap steel.
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