Talk:Musical instrument

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 Definition An object constructed or used for the purpose of making music. [d] [e]
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Started this article from scratch --Larry Sanger 06:21, 1 August 2007 (CDT)

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Apart from relatively minor refinements, I have no plans for working further on this article (that is, no further major work).

The introductory or lead paragraphs could be improved. For one thing, as far as I understand things, most musicologists do not consider the voice to be a type of instrument, but rather the term "musical instrument" refers to all devices or means of producing music other than the human voice.

The section on history and origins is very roughly hewn and probably displays a western music bias. This is the result of my own lack of knowledge about non-western music traditions.

I hope that someone more knowledgeable about this topic will come forward to carry this work to the next level.

James F. Perry 11:21, 5 August 2007 (CDT)


Clarinet: an ill woodwind that no one blows good.

A beginning bagpiper has the look and sound of a man holding a cat upside down and chewing its tail.

--Howard C. Berkowitz 03:46, 8 January 2010 (UTC)