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🌎 Four Cool Instruments from Around the World

🎚️ production Jul 11, 2023

The hunt for great orchestral colors can be so captivating that sometimes we forget about all of the wonderful colors that exist outside of orchestral music.

I want to share with you some of my favorite instruments from around the world that I’ve used over the years in my music. I challenge you to find one that sparks excitement in you, and use it in a piece of your own πŸ™‚

Dulcimer/Santoor (Persia)

Dulcimers come in all shapes and sizes, but I’ve always had an affinity to the Persian santoor. It has a beautiful rich sound due to each note having four strings for resonation—much like a piano uses 2-3 strings per note.

Qudi Flute (China)

I use this flute in my music more than any other flute from around the world. It has a bright, chipper quality to it, allowing it to sing straight through an orchestra with ease.

Uilleann Pipes (Ireland)

Unlike the bagpipes, uilleann pipes lack some of the “honk-y” quality, instead leaning towards an expressive reeded sound—almost like a cross between a bagpipe and an english horn. John Powell used them frequently in his How to Train Your Dragon scores, and so do I πŸ™‚

Baglama Guitar (Turkey)

Turkish music has some fascinating scales and rhythmic, as well as exciting instruments like the baglama. I had the privilege of hiring a baglama player a few years back, and the technique used in its performance is really one-of-a-kind. Baglama features lots of intricate ornamentation, and a resonance that almost reminds me of a banjo.

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