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Irish flute care

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Irish flute care

The Care And FeedingOf The Irish Flute by Mickie Zekley "When I was a young man, before I would play the flute, I would put it in the rain barrel over night. But don't you know that one day it just fell to pieces." Quote from an old time player from Clare.  Many an Irish musician has destroyed his fine old instrument by pouring Guinness or "Paddy's" through it to make it play better, and in the process, turned a fine 150 year old treasure from a master craftsman into tinder for the fire. With proper care, these fine old...

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Oriental Oboes: Zurna Fantasies and Secrets

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by David Brown   The ancestor of the modern oboe is the baroque oboe; it is descended from the Renaissance shawm. All of these double-reed woodwinds share several characteristics; a conical bore, double reed, and a common ultimate ancestor- the folk oboe of the Orient. These instruments are known under many names, often each region having its own terms, and come in three main types, namely the Middle Eastern, Chinese and Indian versions. All of these folk oboes use a flattened grass stalk reed, not a hard cane reed like the Renaissance shawm or the Highland pipe chanter. A small...

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