Instruments

These are the list of instruments used for the World Record event ‘Nothing is Impossible’.
Violin, Soprano Saxophone, Xylophone, Arabic Drums, Accordian, Lead Guitar, Recorder, Stage Piano, Cajon, Melodica, Digital Keyboard, Djembe, Irish Chanter, Conga, Kalimba, Tambourine, Shakers, Timbales, Bass Guitar, Harmonica, Dhol, Keytar, Tabla, Acoustic Drumkit, Chenda, Acoustic Guitar & Vocal. Out of the 27, Acoustic Guitar is his favourite instrument and he spends more time practicing it and uses it widely for worships & concerts.

Instruments Features

  • 4 classes of instruments used – Wind, Percussion, String & Digital
  • Both plugged & unplugged instruments
  • 5 instruments from string category
  • 7 instruments from wind category
  • 12 instruments from percussion category
  • 3 instruments from digital category
  • Vocal is considered as a wind instrument

Instrument Description

Violin

Nothing Is Impossible (31)The violin, also known as a fiddle, is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest, highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which also includes the viola, the cello and the contrabass. Someone who plays the violin is called a violinist or a fiddler. The violinist produces sound by drawing a bow across one or more strings (which may be stopped by the fingers of the other hand to produce a full range of pitches), by plucking the strings (with either hand), or by a variety of other techniques. The violin is played by musicians in a wide variety of musical genres, including Baroque music, classical, jazz, folk music, rock and roll, and Soft rock. The violin has come to be played in many non-Western music cultures all over the world.

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Soprano Saxophone

Nothing Is Impossible (33)The soprano saxophone is a higher-register variety of the saxophone, a woodwind instrument, invented in the 1840s. The soprano is the third smallest member of the saxophone family, which consists (from smallest to largest) of the soprillo, sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass, contrabass, and sub-contrabass. The soprano saxophone is mainly used as a solo instrument in classical music, though it is occasionally used as a member of an orchestra or concert band. It is included in the saxophone quartet and plays a lead role. Many solo pieces have been written for it. While not as popular as the alto and tenor saxes in jazz, the soprano saxophone has played a role in the evolution of that music.

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Xylophone

Nothing Is Impossible (36)The xylophone is a musical instrument in the percussion family that consists of wooden bars struck by mallets. Each bar is an idiophone tuned to a pitch of a musical scale, whether pentatonic or heptatonic in the case of many African and Asian instruments, diatonic in many western children’s instruments, or chromatic for orchestral use. The term xylophone may be used generally, to include all such instruments, such as the marimba, balafon and even the semantron. In the orchestra, the term xylophone refers specifically to a chromatic instrument of somewhat higher pitch range than the marimba.

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Arabic Drums

Nothing Is Impossible (39)The goblet drum (also Arabic) is a single head membranophone with a goblet shaped body used mostly in the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe. The goblet drum may be played while held under one arm (usually the non-dominant arm) or by placing it sideways upon the lap (with the head towards the player’s knees) while seated. Some drums are also made with strap mounts so the drum may be slung over the shoulder, to facilitate playing while standing or dancing. It produces a resonant, low-sustain sound while played lightly with the fingertips and palm. Some players move their fists in and out of the bell to alter the tone.

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Accordion

Nothing Is Impossible (44)Accordions are a family of box-shaped musical instruments of the bellows-driven free-reed aerophone type, colloquially referred to as a squeezebox. The instrument is played by compressing or expanding the bellows while pressing buttons or keys, causing valves, called pallets, to open, which allow air to flow across strips of brass or steel, called reeds, that vibrate to produce sound inside the body. The performer normally plays the melody on buttons or keys on the right-hand manual, and the accompaniment, consisting of bass and pre-set chord buttons, on the left-hand manual.

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Electric Guitar

Nothing Is Impossible (47)An electric guitar is a guitar that uses a pickup to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical impulses. The most common guitar pickup uses the principle of direct electromagnetic induction. The signal generated by an electric guitar is too weak to drive a loudspeaker, so it is amplified before sending it to a loudspeaker. Since the output of an electric guitar is an electric signal, the signal may easily be altered using electronic circuits to add “color” to the sound. Often the signal is modified using effects such as reverb and distortion.

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Recorder

Nothing Is Impossible (49)The recorder is a woodwind musical instrument of the family known as fipple flutes or internal duct flutes—whistle-like instruments which include the tin whistle. The recorder is end-blown and the mouth of the instrument is constricted by a wooden plug, known as a block or fipple. It is distinguished from other members of the family by having holes for seven fingers (the lower one or two often doubled to facilitate the production of semitones) and one for the thumb of the uppermost hand. The bore of the recorder can be tapered slightly, being widest at the mouthpiece end and narrowest towards the foot on Baroque recorders. Renaissance-era instruments generally have straight cylindrical bores. Recorders can be made out of wood, plastic or ivory.

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Stage Piano

Nothing Is Impossible (52)A stage piano is an electronic keyboard designed for use in live onstage performances by professional musicians. While stage pianos share some of the same features as digital pianos designed for in-home use and electronic synthesizers, they have a number of features which set them apart. Stage pianos usually provide a small number of sounds (acoustic piano, electric piano, and Hammond organ) in a rugged case. Stage pianos usually have a smaller selection of sounds than digital electronic keyboards and synthesizers. Instead of the hundreds of sounds and complex oscillator controls available on a high-end, professional synthesizer, they often have only a few sounds, typically acoustic piano, electric piano, and Hammond organ. Also, instead of scrolling through the on-screen menus used on synthesizers, stage pianos are usually controlled with knobs and buttons.

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Cajon

1393882430830737A cajón (Spanish pronunciation: Ka-hone) is a six sided, box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Perú, played by slapping the front or rear faces (generally thin plywood) with the hands, fingers, or sometimes various implements such as brushes, mallets, or sticks. The cajón is the most widely used Afro-Peruvian musical instrument since the late 18th century. Slaves of west and central African origin in the Americas, specifically Perú, are considered to be the source of the cajón drum; though the instrument is common in musical performance throughout some of the Americas and Spain.

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Melodica

Nothing Is Impossible (54)The melodica, also known as the pianica, blow-organ or key-flute, is a free-reed instrument similar to the melodion and harmonica. It has a musical keyboard on top, and is played by blowing air through a mouthpiece that fits into a hole in the side of the instrument. Pressing a key opens a hole, allowing air to flow through a reed. The keyboard is usually two or three octaves long. Melodicas are small, light, and portable. They are popular in music education, especially in Asia. The modern form of the instrument was invented by Hohner in the 1950s, though similar instruments have been known in Italy since the 19th century.

Recommended Brands : Hohner Melodica Yamaha Melocida

Digital Keyboard

Nothing Is Impossible (56)The major components of a typical modern electronic keyboard are: Musical keyboard: The white and black piano-style keys which the player presses, thus connecting the switches, which triggers the electronic note or other sound. Most keyboards use a keyboard matrix circuit to reduce the amount of wiring that is needed. User interface software: A program which handles user interaction with control keys and menus, which allows the user to select tones, effects), and other features. Rhythm & chord generator: A software program which produces rhythms and chords by the means of MIDI electronic commands. Sound generator/sound chip: An electronic sound module or a synthesizer typically contained within an integrated circuit or chip, which is capable of accepting MIDI commands and producing sounds.

Recommended Brands : Korg Keyboards  Yamaha Motifs

Djembe

Nothing Is Impossible (57)A djembe is a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa. According to the Bamana people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes from the saying “Anke djé, anke bé” which translates to “everyone gather together in peace” and defines the drum’s purpose. In the Bambara language, “djé” is the verb for “gather” and “bé” translates as “peace”. The djembe has a body (or shell) carved of hardwood and a drumhead made of untreated (not limed) rawhide, most commonly made from goatskin. The djembe can produce a wide variety of sounds, making it a most versatile drum. The drum is very loud, allowing it to be heard clearly as a solo instrument over a large percussion ensemble.

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Irish Chanter

Nothing Is Impossible (59)The chanter is the part of the bagpipe upon which the player creates the melody. It consists of a number of finger-holes, and in its simpler forms looks similar to a recorder. On more elaborate bagpipes, such as the Northumbrian bagpipes or the Uilleann pipes, it also may have a number of keys, to increase the instrument’s range and/or the number of keys (in the modal sense) it can play in. Like the rest of the bagpipe, they are often decorated with a variety of substances, including metal, bone, ivory, or plastic mountings. Chanters come in two main types, parallel and non-parallel bored. This refers to the shape of the internal bore of the chanter. On the Great Highland Bagpipe, the internal bore is conical: it is this that gives the chanter its exceptional volume. The Northumbrian pipes, on the other hand, have a parallel bore, giving them a much sweeter and quieter tone.

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Conga

Nothing Is Impossible (62)The conga (or tumbadora as the instrument is called in Cuba) is a tall, narrow, single-headed African drum. The Cuban conga is staved, like a barrel. These drums may have been salvaged barrels originally. They are used in the Carnaval rhythm called conga (or conga de comprasa), and is the principal instrument in rumba. Congas are now very common in Latin music, including salsa music, merengue music and reggae, as well as many other forms of popular music. Most modern congas have a staved wooden or fiberglass shell, and a screw-tensioned drumhead. They are usually played in sets of two to four with the fingers and palms of the hand. Typical congas stand approximately 75 cm from the bottom of the shell to the head. The drums may be played while seated.

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Kalimba

Nothing Is Impossible (63)The thumb piano or kalimba is an African musical instrument, a type of plucked idiophone common throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. It is popular throughout central, western and eastern Africa. It was formerly known as the Negro piano. The kalimba is played by holding the instrument in the hands and plucking the tines with the thumbs. The note arrangement of most kalimbas, with the notes in the scale ascending on the tines from the center outward in an alternating right-left fashion, results in chords being made by adjacent tines. When any tine is plucked, the adjacent tines also vibrate, and these harmonizing secondary vibrations serve a similar role to the harmonic overtones of a string instrument – they increase the harmonic complexity of an individual note.

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Tambourine

Nothing Is Impossible (65)The tambourine is a musical instrument in the percussion family consisting of a frame, often of wood or plastic, with pairs of small metal jingles, called “zils”. Classically the term tambourine denotes an instrument with a drumhead, though some variants may not have a head at all. Tambourines are often used with regular percussion sets. They can be mounted, but position is largely down to preference. Tambourines come in many shapes with the most common being circular. It is found in many forms of music: Turkish folk music, Greek folk music, Italian folk music, classical music, Persian music, gospel music, pop music and rock music.

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Mexican Shakers

Nothing Is Impossible (67)The word shaker describes a large number of percussive musical instruments used for creating rhythm in music. They are so called shaker because the method of creating the sound involves shaking them—moving them back and forth rather than striking them. Most may also be struck for a greater accent on certain beats. Shakers are often used in rock and other popular styles to provide the ride pattern along with or substituting for the ride cymbal. A shaker may comprise a container, partially full of small loose objects such as beads, which create the percussive sounds as they collide with each other, the inside surface, or other fixed objects inside the container.

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Timbales

Nothing Is Impossible (69)Timbales are shallow single-headed drums with metal casing, invented in Cuba. They are shallower than single-headed tom-toms, and usually tuned much higher. The player uses a variety of stick strokes, rim shots, and rolls to produce a wide range of percussive expression during solos and at transitional sections of music, and usually plays the shells of the drum or auxiliary percussion such as a cowbell or cymbal to keep time in other parts of the song. The shells are referred to as cáscara, which is also the name of a rhythmic pattern common in salsa music that is played on the shells of the timbales. The shells are usually made of metal, but some manufacturers offer shells of maple and other woods. The heads are light, and tuned fairly high for their size.

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Bass Guitar

Nothing Is Impossible (72)The bass guitar (also called electric bass,) is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb, by plucking, slapping, popping, tapping, thumping, or picking with a plectrum. The bass guitar is similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, but with a longer neck and scale length, and four to six strings or courses. The four-string bass—by far the most common—is usually tuned the same as the double bass which corresponds to pitches one octave lower than the four lowest pitched strings of a guitar (E, A, D, and G). The bass guitar is a transposing instrument, as it is notated in bass clef an octave higher than it sounds (as is the double bass) to avoid excessive ledger lines. Like the electric guitar, the bass guitar is plugged into an amplifier and speaker for live performances.

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Harmonica

Nothing Is Impossible (73)The harmonica, also French harp, blues harp, and mouth organ, is a free reed wind instrument used worldwide in nearly every musical genre, notably in blues, American folk music, jazz, country, and rock and roll. There are many types of harmonica, including diatonic, chromatic, tremolo, octave, orchestral, and bass versions. A harmonica is played by using the mouth (lips and/or tongue) to direct air into and out of one or more holes along a mouthpiece. Behind the holes are chambers containing at least one reed. A harmonica reed is a flat elongated spring typically made of brass, stainless steel, or bronze, which is secured at one end over a slot that serves as an airway. When the free end is made to vibrate by the player’s air, it alternately blocks and unblocks the airway to produce sound. Reeds are pre-tuned to individual pitches.

Recommended Brands : Hohner Harmonica Yamaha Harmonicas

Dhol

Nothing Is Impossible (76)Dhol can refer to any one of a number of similar types of double-headed drum widely used, with regional variations, throughout the Indian subcontinent.  The Punjabi dhol is perhaps best known abroad due to its prominent place in the rhythm of popular Punjabi bhangra music. Someone who plays the dhol is known as dholi. The dhol is a double-sided barrel drum played mostly as an accompanying instrument in regional music forms. The term dhol is used to describe a similar, but smaller drum used with the smaller tabla, as a replacement for the left hand tabla drum. The typical sizes of the drum vary slightly from region to region. In Punjab, the dhol remains large and bulky to produce the preferred loud bass.

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Keytar

Nothing Is Impossible (79)A keytar is a relatively lightweight keyboard that is supported by a strap around the neck and shoulders, similar to the way a guitar is supported by a strap. Keytars allow players a greater range of movement compared to conventional keyboards, which are placed on stationary stands. The instrument has a musical keyboard for triggering musical notes and sounds. Controls for, but not limited to, pitch bends, vibrato, portamento, and sustain are placed on the instrument’s “neck”. The term “keytar” is a portmanteau of the words “keyboard” and “guitar”. The term “keytar” was first used by a major manufacturer in 2012, when the Alesis company referred to the “Vortex”, the company’s first product of this type, as a “USB/MIDI Keytar Controller”. To date, the Roland AX-Synth, which incorporates its own synthesis engine, is referred by the manufacturer as a “Shoulder Synthesizer”

Recommended Brands : Roland AX  Korg

Tabla

Nothing Is Impossible (81)The tabla is a membranophone percussion instrument, which are often used in Hindustani classical music, invented by the Sufi Amir Khusro. It is still used in the music behind folk and sufi poetry. It later became a part of Hindustani music industry. The instrument consists of a pair of hand drums of contrasting sizes and timbres. The term tabla is derived from an Arabic word, tabl, which simply means “drum.” The tabla is used in some other Asian musical traditions outside of India, such as in the Indonesian dangdut genre. Playing technique involves extensive use of the fingers and palms in various configurations to create a wide variety of different sounds, reflected in the mnemonic syllables (bol). The heel of the hand is used to apply pressure or in a sliding motion on the larger drum so that the pitch is changed during the sound’s decay.

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Acoustic Drums

Nothing Is Impossible (85)A drum kit is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments set up to be played by a single player. A standard modern kit (for a right-handed player), as used in popular music and taught in many music schools, A snare drum, mounted on a specialised stand, placed between the player’s knees and played with drum sticks (which may include rutes or brushes). A bass drum, played by a pedal operated by the right foot. A hi-hat stand and cymbals, operated by the left foot and played with the sticks, particularly but not only the right hand stick. One or more tom-tom drums, played with the sticks. One or more cymbals, played with the sticks, particularly but not only the right hand stick.

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Chenda

Nothing Is Impossible (91)The Chenda is a cylindrical percussion instrument used widely in the state of Kerala, and Tulu Nadu of Karnataka State in India.  A Chenda is a cylindrical wooden drum, and has a length of two feet and a diameter of one foot. Both ends are covered (usually with animal’s skin) with the “Chenda Vattam”. The animal skin is usually of a cow (Heifer), in a traditional Chenda other skins are not used (skin of bull, ox etc. are not used), to have a quality sound the skin from the abdominal part of the cow is taken. The Chenda is suspended from the drummers neck so that it hangs vertically. Though both sides can be used for playing, only one is actually beaten. Using two sticks, the drummer strikes the upper parchment.

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Acoustic Guitar

Nothing Is Impossible (93)An acoustic guitar is a guitar that uses only acoustic means to transmit the strings’ vibrational energy to the air in order to produce a sound. This typically involves the use of a sound board and a sound box to amplify the vibrations of the string. The source of sound in an acoustic guitar is the string, which is plucked with the fingers or with a plectrum. The string vibrates at a fundamental frequency but also creates many harmonics at different frequencies. The frequencies produced depend on string length, mass, and tension. The string causes the soundboard and sound box to vibrate, and as these have their own resonances at certain frequencies, they amplify some string harmonics more strongly than others, hence affecting the timbre produced by the instrument.

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Vocal

Nothing Is Impossible (96)Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, and augments regular speech by the use of both tonality and rhythm. One who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung either with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in a group of other musicians, such as in a choir of singers with different voice ranges, or in an ensemble with instrumentalists, such as a rock group or baroque ensemble. Excellence in singing may require time, dedication, instruction, and regular practice. If practice is done on a regular basis then the sounds are said to be more clear and strong. Professional singers usually build their careers around one specific musical genre, such as classical or rock. They typically take voice training provided by voice teachers or vocal coaches throughout their careers.

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