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What is the best folk music instrument?

23 Feb 18 - 03:36 PM (#3907454)
Subject: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Andy7

Not including the human voice, which obviously comes first - what is the best instrument for folk music?

I may be a little biased - but for me, the fiddle/violin is way out in front. It can lead a lively dance tune, play a mournful lament or unobtrusively accompany any folk song, all equally beautifully.


23 Feb 18 - 05:52 PM (#3907473)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Pete from seven stars link

I don't think there is a best instrument , even assuming each is played equally well .. It's nice though to get something a little unusual sometimes . Recently heard a large flute beautifully complimenting guitar and voice


23 Feb 18 - 05:59 PM (#3907475)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: gillymor

Every folkie needs one of
these.


23 Feb 18 - 06:20 PM (#3907476)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: punkfolkrocker

Plastic Shaky Eggs...


23 Feb 18 - 09:38 PM (#3907507)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle

TRIANGLES...

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

The tri is superior to the quad


24 Feb 18 - 04:04 AM (#3907539)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: GUEST,Ray

It depends how many people you ask.


24 Feb 18 - 05:20 AM (#3907551)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Raggytash

Guitar and Flute are a marriage made in Heaven ........ add a harp, utter bliss!!

High Time

Later on in the video at 4.03 the harp player dances, he is astonishing.


24 Feb 18 - 01:09 PM (#3907640)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: StephenH

Wow, gillymor, that's like Roy Williamson's combolin gone wild!


24 Feb 18 - 09:37 PM (#3907759)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: leeneia

I'm not going to claim that it's the best, but the mountain dulcimer offers great variety at affordable cost and is surprisingly easy to play.


25 Feb 18 - 02:47 AM (#3907789)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Doug Chadwick

...... the fiddle/violin is way out in front

Not when I play it!

DC


25 Feb 18 - 07:13 AM (#3907823)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: banjoman

Much maligned but still one of the most versatile of all instruments - BANJO


25 Feb 18 - 10:09 AM (#3907851)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Jim Carroll

An old musician (now dead) told me once that accordion boxes are great for sitting on in a crowded session
Jim Carroll


25 Feb 18 - 10:18 AM (#3907854)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: GUEST,CPTSNAPPER

It surely depends on how well it's being played


25 Feb 18 - 11:41 AM (#3907863)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Bee-dubya-ell

If "best" can be equated with "most widely used", the fiddle winds hands-down. Almost every Indo-European folk music tradition has used some variation of the fiddle for centuries. Most other instruments are upstarts.


25 Feb 18 - 11:42 AM (#3907864)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Georgiansilver

This is the best, especially when played by the best!


25 Feb 18 - 02:56 PM (#3907906)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: GUEST,Ally Pally

Probably the Kazoo?


25 Feb 18 - 03:28 PM (#3907910)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: GUEST

Despite many opinions to the contrary I have always loved the sound of a well played 5 string banjo.


25 Feb 18 - 05:49 PM (#3907940)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Gibb Sahib

"Most other instruments are upstarts." ???

"Fiddle" is quite a late category of instrument compared to other chordophones, much less instruments of other families. Why would non-fiddles be upstarts?


25 Feb 18 - 07:47 PM (#3907956)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Joe_F

The guitar is beautiful. The banjo is sublime.


26 Feb 18 - 03:18 AM (#3908003)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: punkfolkrocker

..and the ukulele is...????


26 Feb 18 - 04:20 AM (#3908015)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Doug Chadwick

.... fun

DC


26 Feb 18 - 04:26 AM (#3908017)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: GUEST,Henry Piper of Ottery

Surely this is a rather Subjective question ? It depends on whereabouts in the world you live and the Genre and style of folk music you play. If you live in parts of France the Hurdy Gurdy or Bagpipes might be considered best, If you live in Louisiana, maybe its the 10 button Cajun Accordion or a fiddle, other parts of the world may go for a Harp or a Banjo, or simply percussion, tuned or otherwise, ...how about Gamalan, or similar in parts of South East Asia..........The list is endless.


26 Feb 18 - 05:05 AM (#3908024)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Iains

It all depends on context. A solo singer would have a hard time playing a Jew's harp, but a guitar or banjo might be quite appropriate.


26 Feb 18 - 05:08 AM (#3908025)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: punkfolkrocker

Hand [thigh/arse/belly/etc] clapping would be a primary universal folk accompaniment instrument...


26 Feb 18 - 06:59 AM (#3908057)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Big Al Whittle

I always thought Rolf Harris was onto something with the stylophone and wobble board combination.


27 Feb 18 - 03:34 AM (#3908207)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: BobL

In part, it depends what you're able to play. I never seemed to have enough fingers to chord a guitar, nor enough coordination between fingers and elbows for a bellows instrument. Whistles and mouth-organs aren't much use for accompanying songs, leastways not if it's you that's singing them.

Guess my ideal instrument would be the Wintergatan marble machine.


27 Feb 18 - 07:42 AM (#3908270)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Big Al Whittle

if Rolf had one of those Roland loop stations. he could doo his wobble board, and digerido as a backwash
can you see what it is yet?

Then do the melody on his stylophone.


27 Feb 18 - 08:13 AM (#3908279)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Johnny J

It all depends on the circumstances, genre of music, and location as has been said.

Today, the best instrument for me was The Kazoo which I keep near my telephone stand in the hall.

I received a call a few minutes ago from an Asian gentleman who wanted to speak to me regarding my "recent road accident". Straight away, I offered to play him a tune on my Kazoo and he hung up after just a few seconds of notes.

Whistles are great for this too....

;-)


27 Feb 18 - 10:26 AM (#3908334)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: punkfolkrocker

I've just bought some recorders [ Yamaha / JHS ] off Amazon at deal of the day prices..

Last time i succesfully got a tune out of one was first or second class in infant school..

"Peas pudding hot" for morning assembly...


27 Feb 18 - 04:51 PM (#3908420)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Roz

I would have to second AllyPally's suggestion of the kazoo!


27 Feb 18 - 10:14 PM (#3908459)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: RTim

It seems interesting that no one has mentioned The English Concertina.....It is fully chromatic, It doesn't have to be tuned, you can sing while playing, it plays melody and chords, it has different dynamic ranges, it is not very large and heavy.. and you can even play for dancing.......

They just cost a bunch of money!

Tim Radford (who is married to an English Concertina player.........)


28 Feb 18 - 04:28 AM (#3908478)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: GUEST

Someone has said the kazoo so I'll offer the washboard- can't get more folksy (oh, you said music).
RtS


28 Feb 18 - 04:44 AM (#3908483)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Mick Lowe

Get real... It has to be the fiddle then you build up from there.. and I say that being a great devotee of the mandolin


28 Feb 18 - 05:16 AM (#3908491)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Johnny J

For trad music and sessions, you have a point Mick.
Also, the pipes, flute etc.

The thread says "Folk Music" though and this covers a multitude of sins. :-((


28 Feb 18 - 05:37 AM (#3908497)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Doug Chadwick

The opening post starts "Not including the human voice, .....
I don't think the kazoo counts as it depends on the voice.

DC


28 Feb 18 - 06:18 AM (#3908503)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: GUEST,Jack Campin

There is a saying that a folk instrument has to be something you can grab and run with when the cops bust the joint. That is supposedly the origin of the Greek baglamas (drastically slimmed-down bouzouki used in rembetiko).


28 Feb 18 - 06:03 PM (#3908633)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Andy7

As well as the human voice ... not up there in the top 10 folk instruments, but human feet are pretty good for percussion!


01 Mar 18 - 11:05 AM (#3908796)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: topical tom

I love the sound of a well played 5 string banjo in bluegrass.


01 Mar 18 - 01:43 PM (#3908838)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Tradsinger

The best instrument for Cotswold Morris is the pipe and tabor.


01 Mar 18 - 07:20 PM (#3908903)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle

Mr. Andy - 7,

Great thread

Dennis Mijnhijmer approves


01 Mar 18 - 09:56 PM (#3908912)
Subject: RE: What is the best folk music instrument?
From: Mick Lowe

I think Rolf Harris may have other things on his mind right now, worrying about a different kind of backwash.