53 – Musical Instruments *

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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Because music has been part of my life for many years, I think about the many musical instruments – let alone adding voices to the mix. Besides, the previous walk featured music.

I think of the many instruments – brass, strings, woodwinds, percussion, and keyboards.

I think of all the musical instruments that are variations on a theme – the musical tools causing vibrations so the air can transmit their designated tones to our ears.

I think of the vibrations caused by striking, plucking, picking, strumming, bowing, vibrating reeds, fingers and hands changing the length of columns of air, or influencing vibrating strings of different lengths, diameters, and composition. I think about that many times, boxes then collect the sounds of these actions before distributing the sound waves and the resonated result into the air for transmission.

I think of all the unique instruments of global cultures – most of which are variations of other musical instruments found elsewhere – yet deliver something unique.

I think of a guitar and its six strings of different diameters with the player’s fingers changing the length of each string to create notes and chords. I think about how each string and action will create a unique air vibration of different frequencies that nobody can initially hear.

I think about the created vibrations transferring into the guitar’s body where it resonates before exiting through a large opening. Along with string’s material, the body’s shape, type of wood, and thickness; these are factors determining the outcome that we will eventually hear but initially cannot.

I think about the outer ear collecting the sound waves of music, and then the inner ear converts them into nerve messages. It’s these messages that nerves transmit to the brain for interpretation. Now we hear the music.

Even without words, music speaks to each of us as it engages our soul, stimulates our minds, moves our imagination, and sparks different emotions.

One could say that music is magical, and musical instruments are the objects comprising the orchestra. Music touches me just like this beach does. I like listening to music and walking on the beach because both are good for the mind, body, and soul – but only the beach is refreshing on my feet.

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105 thoughts on “53 – Musical Instruments *”

  1. Yay! BackChat Brass! We saw them two years running at the Durham Streets of Brass festival and they were great! Happy days and thanks for the memories, Fraggle! It totally put everything else out of my head, Frank. Happy Saturday! 🙂 🙂

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    1. Jo,
      Oh my …. Now I know this didn’t put everything out of your head because I can think of one thing that still must remain. However, there is no question this walk put you in a good mood. Because of your joy, I went to YouTube to catch BackChat Brass – and no doubt I would enjoy them! Happy Saturday … and glad Fraggle sparked those memories.

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  2. Music is all around us. From our physical voices and man-made devices to the whisper of the wind and the swish of the water. The steps of someone walking on a gravel path or the gentle mewing of a mother cat nursing. Music is everywhere, we just have to listen.

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  3. Frank, I can attest how powerful music is. My husband, who is a Vietnam Vet, the entire time we have been married, could not show fully his heart. He began to get very interested in creating a quality stereo system and with months of research, put together a system that is mind blowing. The music he now listens to is breaking down barriers, bringing down walls, and softening his heart. The wounds are healing. One day he walked into our living room with tears streaming down his face saying he cannot believe how beautiful his stereo system is. To witness this is miraculous. You watch ….. the music and art that will be coming forth from all we have been through will touch every emotion we have. It will be spectacular!! I too love music and I too have been moved with healing with just music. Have a great weekend!!! It’s glorious!! Spring is here!! xo

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  4. It’s true Frank, music IS magical. I’ve often thought about those who were the original inventors of each of the musical instruments. What possessed them to invent such odd things as a violin or a tuba for example? And what makes a Stradivarius so much better than a run-of-the-mill instrument? Who determines the purity of sound or how truly an instrument delivers a specific note. And why do our brains find some pieces so much more pleasing than others. It’s a wonder isn’t it?! Thanks for reminding us of the wonder and beauty these creations provide.

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    1. Tina,
      What a wonderful list of questions! … and the list can go on and on … and so true for any topic. I can see someone playing with a natural string: changing the length, changing the diameter, even changing the materials. I chuckle as I wonder who got the idea to dig something out of the ground and eat it … let alone, cook it and smash it. But yes – music is magical.

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  5. I’ve always had music in my life…….but the music that speaks to me of beaches, waves, sunsets and sunrises is always classical – the majesty of that music is something I can hear in my mind as I walk the sands. I really like almost all kinds of music as long as it’s not just “noise”. I like how certain songs trigger certain memories throughout our lives. Hearing a certain song takes you right back. That’s fun. Happy Spring……….!

    Pam

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  6. Music is definitely a huge part of my life. There’s rarely a moment in my day when I’m not listening to music in some form. It inspires me and takes me to places in my mind. I find it simultaneously relaxing and stimulating.

    Interestingly, I have met people who’ve said that they don’t like music and it does nothing for them, which I always find a bit strange. Is it because they haven’t yet found the right music for them? After all, music comes in many forms and varieties!

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      1. I do, Rap, new jazz and trash medal are not my thing. But I know many people who like really loud aggressive music as it lets them express their emotions and frustration through it. Me it just makes me mad, annoyed. Sometime my kids played it and I wondered why I am in a bad mood, it was because this music was playing in the background and changing my mood.

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  7. Music for the soul… ALL good vibrations.. Love Drums as you know and nothing quite beats a Brass Band… As I come from the North of England where miners Brass bands were in every town at one time… 🙂
    Happy Saturday Frank..

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    1. Sue,
      Music for the soul – ahhhhh …. In terms of instruments, I too love a good brass band. After all, I was a brass player back in the day. One of my all-time favorite events was the chance to attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. What a moving experience!

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  8. Music’s always been very important to me, but sadly I can’t play any instrument. But I do enjoy our choir, even though – aaggh! we’re currently singing on Zoom on mute. You’re right to compare the effect of music as being similar to what we feel on a beach walk, or any walk in natural surroundings. Renewing and refreshing!

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  9. Perfect song to go with the post, Frank,
    Man has been trying to emulate the sounds made in nature for millennia – that’s the way I think of various instruments.
    And then to put them together and create melodies? Beauty.

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    1. Dale,
      “Emulate the sound of nature” is an interesting point. I haven’t thought of it that way before, so definitely an interesting thought. After all, think about the way humans use electronics to copy nature. But like you said, we have so many instruments, but then organizing and using them together into music is special!

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  10. I love that last shot especially and love the Beach Boys. I actually saw them in person once many, many, many years ago. Good stuff. My husband got me a keyboard for Christmas because we had to leave our refurbished upright piano in Ohio when we moved to Illinois. So nice to be able to play again, although the years without playing have taken some work to get past. 🙂

    janet

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  11. As you know, I married a music man.
    For me; no music = no life. That is of course, because I know the difference, for me. That is my thing.
    I miss the band under my bed, and hold faith that they will return. In the meantime, I get to hear lots of guitar over programmed drum, bass, keyboards and other tracks.
    However, ain’t nothin’ like the real thing.
    Hey, I met a replacement Beach Boy! They were touring in the 90’s & came to Toronto. We wound up at a STRANGE club to listen to Spencer Davis on tour with his latest band. OMG! Not good.

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  12. Music, music everywhere, music here and in the spheres. It’s very cool that you enjoyed that band which was clearly enjoying itself. Comedy films and pop culture has turned them, band camp, and show choirs into nerds. When I was a school girl, those of us in band and choir were the cool kids. P.S. Thanks for recommending Fraggle’s photography blog awhile back. She’s great!

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  13. Music is indeed magical. I think that’s one of the sadder things about this pandemic — the lack of live concerts and musical performances. I know I, for one, have missed performing in band (and I hope we can get back real soon, now that some vaccinations are available!)

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    1. Debbie,
      Oh my do I agree with that! … which is actually an understatement. Our church has been doing an excellent summer concert series featuring very good musicians from the area … nope … not last summer and I don’t see it this summer. We didn’t go to our favorite music venue down south this winter. They were open, but we stayed away. … and the list can go on and on. Getting music back will be a good sign!

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  14. This makes me think about the endless number of instruments available, not including the ones that are improvised into being so they can make music as well. And once again, great images to accompany your thoughts.

    Gotta love the Beach Boys. Great choice for this.

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    1. Marc,
      The number of instruments seems to be endless. Simply so many ways to use something. Think about this … there is an instrument to make the sound of wind. … now combine that thought with what we can do electronically! But hey – all for more music, which is a good thing! Glad you enjoyed the photos and the Beach Boys!

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      1. It is endless.

        And when you stop to think about how musical artists and movie directors alike have used everything from combs to buckets to make music, you’re absolutely right . . .

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  15. Vibrations for sure, are the way music travels, and ‘sounds’! Did you ever put a resonating tuning fork on your hand, or even your head?? You can feel the vibrations and of course each one has its own frequency…that is part of the science of music. Right now I am listening to Bach! Goldberg variations…its his 336th birthday! Imagine what he would think if he could hear himself yet today, so many hundreds years later…let alone those who have gone before and we even now still hear/play/discover their music.
    Good/great music withstands the test of time; it is eternal!

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  16. “Even without words, music speaks to each of us as it engages our soul, stimulates our minds, moves our imagination, and sparks different emotions.”
    So very true, Frank. And Fraggle’s pictures of musicians performing also speak to me without words. But, even with words, the Beach Boys’ vibrations stir the emotions, too.

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  17. Fraggle’s photos are really splendid, Frank, and provide a lovely backdrop to your beautiful words. Music is such a gift to each of us, I believe. I am in awe of the many, many ways we can now enjoy music from any genre, streaming from anywhere in the world, and on multiple devices. I still enjoy my vinyl, while also streaming from my phone or other device. We are so fortunate to have an abundance. Your post combined two of my passions, Frank. The ocean, and music! 🙂

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