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Accordion musical instrument

Accordion musical instrument.

It has two keyboards: right — piano and left — push-buttons (with the system bass and chords) for accompaniment.

A number of register-switch gives possibility to change the timbre of the instrument, get different combinations of registers, doubling sounds in the octave.

Accordion is used as a solo and accompanying instrument, and got a spread in pop and dance bands and orchestras.

In jazz it used rarely. For the first time Accordion has appeared in the second half of the 20s and only white musicians used it (Negro prefer harmonica and organ).  Among the jazz artists who play on Accordion — Art Van Dam (USA).

Alto saxophone

Alto saxophone

Alto saxophone is the kind of saxophones. The first time was used in the orchestra by Don Redman and Frank Trambauer second half of the 20s, as a solo instrument  by Johnny Hodges and Benny Carter.

A huge impact for the development of Alto saxophon in jazz had Charlie Parker.

Among the most well-known performers on this instrument in modern jazz — Johnny Denkvort (England), John Cheek (Denmark), George Garanyan, Gennady Golstein, Alexey Kozlov (USSR), Phil Woods, Paul Desmond, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Lee Konitz, Jackie McLean, Sonny Stith, Bud Shank, Julian Adderley Kennonboll (USA), Emil Mangelsdorf (Germany), Flavio Ambrosetti (Switzerland), Arne Domnerus (Sweden), many others.

Bambula africa drums

Bambula africa drums

1. Percussion instrument of indefinite height of membranephon family and African-American descent.

It is a drum in a kind of bamboo cask with stretched cowhide leather on it. In the first half of XIX century it was widespread among blacks inNew Orleans, who gathered in the evenings for dancing in the square of theCongo.

2. Negro dance, performed by the drum accompaniment. Melodies of these dances were created by American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

Banjo musical instrument, tenor banjo


is stringed plucked musical instrument.

This is a small flat drum with attached elongated neck, on which the strings are. Number of special strings depends on difference of instrument — from 4 to 9.

Banjo is used as accompanying and solo instrument. Play on it with fingers, like the guitar, or by the mediator. Banjo removed at the end of the XVI century from West Africa to the southern U.S. where was spread as a popular tool for blacks. In the XIX century it widely used for instrumental accompaniment performances of Minstrel Theater.

Around the 30s of the last century, it was rebuilt in this form and survives today (this is attributed to the reform of the instrument G.Suini). With the advent of jazz in the 30s because of the limited technical capabilities Banjo was replaced by a guitar. It is currently used relatively rarely and only in the traditional jazz ensembles.

Circulated in the popular musical life of white Americans (Blacks have replaced the guitar). Among them — Boris Ershov (USSR), Danny Barker, Lee Blair, Johnny St. Cyr, Bud Scott, Elmer Snowden (USA), etc.

Drum percussion instruments

Drum percussion instruments

instruments of indefinite pitch of membranephon family.

Has the form of a cylinder covered with one or two sides leather or plastic wrap with metal hoops, on which there are screws that regulate the pitch. Drum performs timbre and rhythm features.

1. Small drum — small in size tool (from 13 to18 cmin height with a diameter of35 cm) with metal housing of chrome or nickel plated brass. The sound of small drum is a high, timbre is dry and abrupt.

Along the bottom of the membrane there are the strings (18 or less), which makes the instrument sound tinny and crackly specific hue.

On the small drum one can play either with the strings or strings, which is achieved by switching the lever located on the tool body.

In playing on small drum without strings the sound is more muffled and weak. Small drum has also mute — a special device located on the tool body, when turn it to the top of the inside membrane, a soft rubber pad is pressed which mutes the sound.

The small drum stands on the horizontally rack and one can play with light wooden sticks with small heads up to38 cm(they are made of rosewood or ebony), and of metallic panicles made of thin steel wire. Small drum is one of the leading percussion in jazz.

It is used to emphasize the rhythmic canvas works as well as to perform solo episodes, often reaching great rhythmic complexity.

Jazz artists who played on percussion extraordinarily enriched techniques of playing on the small drum, such as the alternation of single and double strokes, tremolo, sticks’ strikes on the edge of the rim and the skin at the same time, blows one stick to another, pressed to the skin, muted impact, when the skin is pressed against his hand, another stick or a whisk. Also — reusable strikes the same stick; blows with sticks on the edge of the rim, playing with panicles and a stick; panicles game — hitting, rubbing the skin by rotational movements, muted or open blows, blows a whisk, while the other is spinning, etc.

2. Big drum is large sized instrument (from 35 to40 cmin height with a diameter of 50-60 cm) with a powerful low and muffled sound.

There are two varieties — one-sided and two-sided. Big drum has a mute — a special device located on the tool body, when turn it to the top of the inside membrane, a soft rubber pad is pressed; resulting is the sound is very short and dry.

On the big drum established vertically, drummer accents basic rhythm with help of the mallet with a spherical soft tip made of felt or rubber.

It is attached to the pedal, which is activated with the right foot. Thanks to such adaptation, performer makes his hands free to play on the other instruments.

In modern jazz big drum is used to emphasize certain accents. In the drum kit is sometimes used two large drums.

Baritone saxophone

Baritone saxophone

is a kind of saxophone.

For the first time was applied in jazz in 1926 by Harry Carney.

Among the most famous musicians on the Baritone saxophone — Ronnie Ross, John Serman (England), Pepper Adams, Bob Gordon, Jerry Malligan, Leo Parker, Serge Chalof, Sahib Shihab (USA), Lars Gullin (Sweden).

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