Certain nameless people here have fallen into a frenzy of classification. I will point out to them the astronomical community and their classification of planets; learn from their folly.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_instrument_classificationWikipedia said:There are also problems with classifying certain keyboard instruments. For example, the piano has strings, but they are struck by hammers, so it is not clear whether it should be classified as a string instrument, or a percussion instrument. For this reason, keyboard instruments are often regarded as inhabiting a category of their own, including all instruments played by a keyboard, whether they have struck strings (like the piano), plucked strings (like the harpsichord) or no strings at all (like the celesta). It might be said that with these extra categories, the classical system of instrument classification focuses less on the fundamental way in which instruments produce sound, and more on the technique required to play them.
Speaking of jazz, and getting off topic, I found three Benny Goodman 78's at the swap meet last week and got them for a buck a piece.franznietzsche said:I do love my bari sax.
I thought all instruments were rather complex?DaveC426913 said:2] Apparently flute, clarinet and trumpet are imaginary instruments?
Clarification: Not being terribly interested in playing music.TheStatutoryApe said:Not being terribly interested in music is there a reason you want to learn to play music? (or fiddle/violin in particular?)
I think every musical instrument is easy to learn, but hard to master.DaveC426913 said:Does anyone know where I might find a rough guide of how difficult it is to learn different musical intruments?
I guess I'm specifically interested in the fiddle.
I know music theory, I can read music (at least, if given indefinite time) and even mangled a trumpet in high school, but have never shown any aptitude (or, frankly, interest) in music. My artistic talents are visual.
I guess it also depends on the complexity of the musci I want to play.
Actually, it depends on how you classify it.Keyboards do not produce sounds. Strings and pipes produce sounds. It is the type of sound it produces that classifies it. The piano is a string instrument, the organ is a wind instrument.
Of course, it depends on whether you are asking the listener or the player. To the player, piano and organ are interchangeable.