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Poll Question: What are your favorite wind instruments in prog?
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    Posted: June 10 2021 at 14:03
If you'd like to cite specific instances for your favorite uses, please, be my guest.

I'm a fan of the trumpet, oboe, recorder, and flute families--probably in that order. 

To my ears, the cor anglais (a member of the oboe family) is the most beautiful instrument ever devised. 






P.S. Who knew that the pipe organ was officially classified as a wind instrument?

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Perhaps electric bagpipes ? ;)

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Manuel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 10 2021 at 14:24
Flute and Sax, though any other is always welcomed.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote progaardvark Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 10 2021 at 14:25
Didgeridoos are neat. So are flutes and French horns.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progishness Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 10 2021 at 14:29
The trombone because it's such a mischievous instrument.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mirakaze Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 10 2021 at 14:47
I'm sure I can recall many great wind instrument performances in prog, but Bill Hunt's French horn playing on the first ELO album is the only occasion on which I've actually felt instilled with a desire to learn to play said instrument. Such a lovely majestic sound...
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Why no love for the heckelphone? :(
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Dark Elf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 10 2021 at 16:07
Flute and sax mostly. Although bagpipes can be quite cool in prog; in fact, it's a lot of fun when you throw in the whole kitchen sink (flute, horns, strings, pipes, etc.)...


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 10 2021 at 16:11
I thought I could do multiple votes here but I guess not. Flute is my favorite. Sax would be a close second although I think sax usually works better with jazz or fusion.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Heart of the Matter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 10 2021 at 21:32
The flute & clarinet in I Talk To The Wind, the descending flute part in Silently Falling.
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I love them all but flutes are probably the most prog

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Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

I love them all but flutes are probably the most prog


And along with saxes probably the most widely used wind instruments in the world of prog.
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Flute has a special place in my heart during prog pieces. One of my all-time favorites, and go-to, to demonstrate this is Camel Supertwister:



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Hiram Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 11 2021 at 00:11
No vote. I think any of them can sound great depending on how they're used. 

Ok, pan flutes never sound good and I'm not sure about bagpipes either... LOL
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Voted Tuba because of SOT
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote nick_h_nz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 11 2021 at 01:24
The bass clarinet is probably my absolute favourite instrument to hear, so I voted for clarinets.
Clarinets in general evoke a really wonderful atmosphere and tone, but the bass clarinet is just damn sexy. It doesnít burst bring joy to the cockles of my heart, but to the sub-cockle region, too.

Trumpets and trombones are probably next in my list. I love when bands forgo traditional instruments and use a trumpet and/or trombone instead.

Saxophone follows, and of course can vary wildly depending on what type of sax is played (or, of course how it is played).

Rounding out my top five is the euphonium, potentially for patriotic reasons, as so much of the music Don McGlashan has been a part of over the years, and across many groups, has included his wonderful playing of the euphonium.

I actually really like bagpipes in music, too, but I think most people tend to think of Scottish bagpipes, and I donít think I own anything that has these bagpipes playing. However, I have a lot of music in my collection that use bagpipes from other countries. The bagpipes from different countries all sound quite different from each other.


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Originally posted by nick_h_nz nick_h_nz wrote:


I actually really like bagpipes in music, too, but I think most people tend to think of Scottish bagpipes, and I donít think I own anything that has these bagpipes playing. However, I have a lot of music in my collection that use bagpipes from other countries. The bagpipes from different countries all sound quite different from each other.


I generally detest Scottish bagpipes, they always seem to make a sound (to my ears) resembling cats being strangled.  However Uilleann (Irish) pipes are a different kettle of fish entirely and I find them very soothing to listen to, and really learned to appreciate their beauty from being utilised on several Enya tracks .
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Originally posted by Progishness Progishness wrote:

Originally posted by nick_h_nz nick_h_nz wrote:


I actually really like bagpipes in music, too, but I think most people tend to think of Scottish bagpipes, and I donít think I own anything that has these bagpipes playing. However, I have a lot of music in my collection that use bagpipes from other countries. The bagpipes from different countries all sound quite different from each other.


I generally detest Scottish bagpipes, they always seem to make a sound (to my ears) resembling cats being strangled.  However Uilleann (Irish) pipes are a different kettle of fish entirely and I find them very soothing to listen to, and really learned to appreciate their beauty from being utilised on several Enya tracks .

I guess because I grew up in a very ďScottishĒ town, Iíve always liked the bagpipes. But I donít really like them too much outside their traditional playing. There are a couple of exceptions where either bagpipes have been used, or guitars have been made to sound like bagpipes, that have been really effective, and that I absolutely love - but they are very much an exception.

But, apart from the Uillean pipes mentioned, there are a whole range of bagpipes across the world, that can often add a really neat flavour to the music. Smallman, for example, are a Bulgarian folk metal band that I first discovered by way of the following album, that uses Bulgarian bagpipes - гайда (gaida),

Gaida is a general term used for bagpipes across Southeastern Europe, but the sounds of individual gaida can differ quite a bit from country to country, even though the instruments tend to look very similar. This is because, eg, different countries treat the hide of the bags in different ways, and use different constructions, shapes and materials for the chanters. Even within Bulgaria there are two distinct types of gaida, that make very different sounds!


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