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For day 60, I played 17 different, melodic instruments over a drone. My 60 Day Challenge is to film myself making music for 60 consecutive days.
This was my last video for this challenge, so I wanted to do something big. I decided to create a drone on a G and play a bunch of different instruments over it. Nothing was planned. I just played a bunch of phrases which each instrument until I felt comfortable that I had something I would want to share. The next step was to listen back to them all and decide how to piece them together. I was not consciously trying to string any kind of an overall melody together, so it was an interesting challenge to try to rearrange all my little snippets into something that made musical sense.
All of the instruments you see/hear are tuned differently, so they naturally change the mode of the melody that's being played. A tin whistle in D will most comfortably play in a Mixolydian mode. A flute in C will play a Lydian melody. For some instruments, like the recorders, I could technically play in any mode, but I tend to stick to certain keys on each one. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges was to play ukulele as I don't normally play fretted string instruments...or any string instruments for that matter!
One of the sounds I was most surprised by was the melodica. Holding a drone like that while I played a melody makes it sound like a Chinese instrument called a sheng.
I must say I feel quite relieved to finally be done with this challenge! It was a great learning experience, however, which I plan to blog about in the near future. Be sure to check out my website, themusicinstigator.com, for updates!
Tony Dixon Low Whistle
Generation Bb Whistle
"Dorian" Flute by Erik the Flutemaker (he calls it "Kokin")
Hugh Tracey Kalimba
Yamaha Soprano Recorder
Bansuri in C by Jeff Whittier
B Byzantine Flute by Erik the Flutemaker (he calls it "Arabic")
Tony Dixon Tin Whistle (in D)
Stellar Native American Style Flute (Gm)
Bansuri in F by Jeff Whittier
Lanikai Tenor Ukulele
Yamaha Sopranino Recorder
Hohner Performer 37 Melodica
Generation High Eb Whistle
Bawu (in D)
Bamboo Flute in C
Neumann TLM 102 Microphone
Sonar X2 Producer
Adobe Premiere Elements
iPhone 5s (with a Glif tripod mount)
2 Neewer CN-160 LED Video Lights