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« on: December 04, 2009, 02:30:23 AM »

So, I've got a hankering to learn to play some kind of small instrument, as geeky or obscure as possible, but must be able to recreate famous game music.   slywink

I've come up with a few ideas:

Bamboo flute
Ocarina (just to play zelda songs)
Reed pipes
Recorder

Anyone have any other suggestions? I plan to learn on an el cheapo version of whatever I pick, but graduate up to a final high end model.

I'm actually thinking about learning ocarina the most, same for a small bamboo flute.
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2009, 02:42:58 AM »

Why not just a harmonica? While its not geeky in itself, playing video game music on it would be. Then play it in a more bluesy feel to be even more geeky.

I play the music to Moon Patrol on my bass sometimes...sometimes while my wife is playing it on mame.
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2009, 02:50:43 AM »

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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2009, 05:17:50 AM »

as a gamer it's a moral imperative that you learn how to play the ocarina.

and a mouth harp.
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2009, 07:36:28 AM »

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on December 04, 2009, 02:42:58 AM

Why not just a harmonica? While its not geeky in itself, playing video game music on it would be. Then play it in a more bluesy feel to be even more geeky.

I play the music to Moon Patrol on my bass sometimes...sometimes while my wife is playing it on mame.

Agreed. The harmonica is the way to go (watch the movie "Australia" someday!)  I must say, however,  that I can't argue against the Ocarina, which is steeped in video gaming history, at least for Zelda fans. Go, Epona!

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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2009, 03:42:32 PM »



http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/japanfan/a8f6/
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2009, 08:00:51 PM »

I replied in the OO thread about the Kalimba. 



Since then I've been watching different videos and I'm particularly enthraled by this version of Nowhere Man.  So beautiful.  I may have to spend some money after Christmas on one of these myself.
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2009, 08:58:52 PM »

I want to get my little cousins (aged 6-11) some of these instruments too.

I just bought an el cheapo plastic ocarina, student model, and once I learn that I'll graduate up to the full zelda style ocarina.  The Kalimba also looks fun to learn as well so that's second.

The reason why I don't want to do harmonica is that it's pretty common and I don't think I have the tongue dexterity.
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