• 1 Drone, 17 Instruments — Day 60 of the 60 Day Challenge

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    My Website — http://williamarnoldmusic.com

    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 Show less
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    I’m filming myself making music every day for 60 consecutive days!

    Why? To grow as a music instigator. To encourage you to make more of your own music. To inspire you with new ideas. To challenge myself. I consider this to be an experiment…and I am the test subject!


    The emphasis for this project is on sharing. In order to keep this in focus, I’ve come up with 3 simple guidelines: The videos will be 1-2 minutes in length. The video quality (lighting, etc.) does not need to be “perfect.” I will spend no longer than 25 minutes on each part of the filming and editing process. (Note: I've been breaking this rule every time!)


    Here are some ways you can get involved: Watch the videos and read my descriptions. For each video, I’ll be sharing some thoughts about the process. Share the videos on Facebook, Twitter, or even with random strangers on the street! Give me your feedback! I would love to hear your comments and questions. This includes if you have any ideas for future videos! You can share your thoughts in the comments section of the video or via email, Facebook or Twitter.

    Last, but not least, sign up for my email newsletter so you can keep up to date on future challenges. After I’m done being my own guinea pig, my plan is to try a similar challenge with a group of fellow music makers! Just go to www.themusicinstigator.com and fill out the simple form.
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