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Identify instrument playing over singer in “Ma Che Freddo Fa” [closed]

In Nada Malanima’s 1969 song “Ma Che Freddo Fa”, there is some sort of high-pitched instrument playing over Nada’s voice for most of the spans (both choruses) from about 0:50-1:15 and about 1:55-end ...
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What is the wood-like sound prior to Van Halen's solo in Beat It?

"Beat It" from Michael Jackson's Thriller features a guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen. In the moments just prior to the solo, there is what sounds like a wood knocking. Is it known how this ...
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What instrument is used for the main melody in Tom Rothrock's Rollin' Crumblin' from the Collateral soundtrack?

In Tom Rothrock's "Rollin' Crumblin'", from the Collateral soundtrack, an instrument is used for the main melody, and I cannot identify it. It starts at 0:15 for the first time, until 0:36, ...
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What guitar is being played in the video?

I came across the following video which guitar is being played here: Is it an acoustic guitar or an classical guitar?
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What instrument is playing here, is it an electric guitar?

I hear a guitar like sound at start of the video. However I'm unsure what instrument is playing. Is it the Electric Guitar that is playing?
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does anyone know what intrument/ type of electronic sound this is? [closed]

so ive recently found this song in my recomended called revived ( ) and im stuck on what type of noise it is at 00:06, the DUUUUUUN the kind of screechig drone, i havent ...
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What is the name of this instrument / jazz style? [closed]

I am looking for the name of this musical instrument, which I have heard in old Tom & Jerry episodes, the show Mad Men and jazz radios. It does not sound like a cymbalom but may be a variation ...
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What instrument is this member of Lawrence Welk's Orchestra playing?

In 1961, Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra, of all people*, recorded a version of "Ghost Riders in the Sky" featuring guitar and some percussion instrument which I've never seen before. It ...
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What instruments are used in the song Zoom by The Commodores?

The Commodores from the U.S, the song released in 1977.
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Instrument used on Hesperion's "Kanon und Gigue" (Pachelbel's Canon)

Kanon und Gigue - Hesperion XXI: TLDR: What's the instrument name at 0:00 to 0:08 (not the cello one)? On 0:00 to 0:08, I heard two instruments playing the bass ...
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Contrabasson or contrabass in the begining of this Harnoncourt recording of Johannespassion, BWV 245, Part 1: "Herr, unser Herrscher"

== Crossposted from Music.SE as the question was deemed more appropriate for this site by a user with lots of rep == Consider this Harnoncourt recording of: Johannespassion, BWV 245, Part 1: "...
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Contrabasson or contrabass in the begining of this Harnoncourt recording of Johannespassion, BWV 245, Part 1: "Herr, unser Herrscher" [duplicate]

== Cross-posted so MusicFans.SE (beta) due to recommendation in the comments == Consider this Harnoncourt recording of: Johannespassion, BWV 245, Part 1: "Herr, unser Herrscher". I can't ...
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What is the instrument used in "The Accountant" (2016) at 17:10 – 17:30?

Can someone please let me know what instrument is it playing in the background in this scene from 17:10 - 17:30 (link below) in the film 'The Accountant' (2016).
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Please help me identify this mandolin shaped guitar

From a live version of PIL's "this is not a love song": the video is at
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What instrument is playing in this video clip?

I was listening to to the following video clip from 03:17 to 03:40 you can hear an instrument playing. I am unsure what instrument is playing is it a trumpet?
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What was Dr Dre's spoon instrument?

Dr Dre is a hip-hop producer who frequently used some sort of spinning spoon instrument during the late 90's in some of his beats. Some examples of this spoon sound can be heard in the beginning of ...
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What instruments does coffin dance use?

I was curious and wondered what instruments was used to produce coffin dance song. When I tried to search it up on my own, the search showed me coffin dance played with weird instruments instead of ...
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I can’t determine the instrument used here in the musical Miss Saigon

It’s a song called WHY GOD, WHY? from Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Miss Saigon. A hit on Broadway and The West End It’s timestamped above, 2:51 after the lyric: Why can’...
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What is this instrument in "Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise"?

I'm looking to identify the instrument (or synth?) that comes in at about 2:13 in Trembling Blue Stars' "Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise": It also closes ...
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Nintendo Wii Party's Main Menu Instrument?

I've been trying to figure out what instrument they used for the main melody of this song but i can't find the sound it give off this "wow" sound, is it a sine wave..?
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Can’t work out the instrument from John Williams Leaving Hogwarts soundtrack

I can’t work out the primary instrument(s) that are carrying the melody/main theme from JOHN WILLIAMS Leaving Hogwarts from the first Harry Potter film. Its a lovely ...
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What is the name of these medieval bells?

At 2:29 In the dialogue of side one of The Medieval Sound David Munrow said that medieval bells were frequently used for the Plainsong parts in church music and that the bells are struck with little ...
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Need help to identify an instrument

Can someone please help me identify a bass instrument found in the following video? It plays through out the song, but at 2:15 - 2:25 and 2:55 - 3:05 you can clearly hear it play. It is the deepest ...
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Foreigner - I want to know what Love is song

What are the different musical instruments played in this song? I mean Guitar, Drums, Synthesizer, Violin etc?
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Rachmaninoff: Symphony no.2 woodwind instrument

Firstly, Rachmaninoff. Holy s***! He must have been terribly sad :( There's a woodwind instrument at 35:21 sounds too rich for a flute is it an Oboe? It's the most wonderful passage, you can hear this ...
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Background instrument in Anathema's "Electricity"

https://youtu.be/aRtt1ft39KA What is the instrument we hear in the background of "Electricity" by Anathema (Natural Disaster)? It is heard in places throughout, but becomes louder and more ...
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Which kind of flute is the one that you can hear? [closed]

I'm listening the sound "Grassland theme from Heroes of Might and Magic" in Spotify. And I'm wondering which kind of flute is the one that you can here. Which kind of flute is?
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Is Zakir Hussain using a book as a percussion instrument? [closed]

Zakir Hussain and Rakesh Chaurasia performed together in EtnoKraków Rozstaje (Crossroads) 2015. In the concert video uploaded on the festival's official YouTube channel, you can see that there is a ...
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What is this orchestral percussion instrument used while battle drums play? [closed]

I have a problem to recognize one orchestral percussion instrument. It is used by some composers while battle drums play. It's a clicky sound, something like castanets, anvil, chains hit. It's played ...
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What kind of instrument/synthesizer did Finntroll use for 2012's "Under Bergets Rot"? [closed]

I'm currently on an adventure to find the best folk/black metal bands in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. I have just come across the wonderful band Finntroll, which describes their music as "...
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Which whistle-like instrument is used in Caravan Palace's "Cotton Heads"?

I've been trying to transcribe Caravan Palace's "Cotton Heads", and have been failing to find an instrument that has the almost human whistle-like quality in the song. The instrument appears in the ...
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I can’t work out the instrument Stravinsky uses in "Pulcinella"

I can’t figure out what instrument is being used to aid in keeping his beat. It sounds like pizzicato on the cello, it’s too high for a double bass I think? You hear it at 1:28 and 2:01 for ...
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Name of music instrument used in Don't Starve

If you listen to - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7b8JIOPEUk (0:57) and - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGO72jL7veU (0:22) and (although I think I made my point) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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What kind of guitar is this?

Sorting through the belongings of my late grandfather did result in a guitar to be pass down to my branch of the family. My mother remembers it has been 'always there' so it might be bought well ...
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What instruments are used in the Star Trek (2009) theme song?

In particular, what instruments do I begin hearing at the ~39 second mark of this video? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EO1FZEUbZJE
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Instrument from Tzen Tze Re Rei - Loli Cosmica

I can clearly hear a classic acoustic guitar on the background but as second one there is another string instrument that resembles a smaller version of the guitar and slightly sounds like the harp (at ...
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Plucked(?) instrument, Peking Duk - "Stranger" (Y2K Remix)

Simple question, that is bugging me. I love this sound @1.10 of this stringed instrument, but I have no idea what it is? Peking Duk - "Stranger" (Y2K Remix) ...
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Instrument used in sound clip

Does anyone know what genre of music is this example: very quiet background music. Also, what instrument is used to make this kind of music? Thanks in advance
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Where does this mandolin come from? [closed]

My friend inherited a mandolin - there is no visible inscription but family lore has it that it is about 100 years old and came from Austria. Does anyone know where we could find someone that can help ...
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What wind instrument plays the intro to the orchestrated composition of this song?

I'd like to know what's the main, salient instrument that plays the intro in this video, from 00:04 to 00:17. (Please note that the visuals is, I think, misleading: the players shown are not the ones ...
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What ghostly keyboard sound is used in *Emil Cioran: The Life of a Sage*

Please identify the ghostly keyboard sound from Emil Cioran: The Life of a Sage at 46:21. Does this sound form a recognized subgenre? Are there any composers who composed such music? This feels more ...
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Solo Music Instrument played in "All at Sea"?

In the 1957 movie "All at Sea" or "Barnacle Bill" starring Alec Guiness, there is a solo instrument often played to create a humorous sailor-ish effect. You can hear a very short bit of it in this ...
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What are these "click sounds" in the song *Cradles* by Sub Urban?

I found this really cool song on youtube: Sub Urban - Cradles and I love the, for the lack of a better word, "click sound" in the chorus at 0:48. I'd like to know if anyone knows of songs with these ...
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Are the names of musical instruments globally standardised?

When I went to primary school in Australia in the 1980's, I was told by my Canadian music teacher that this instrument was a gXXXXXXXXXXX. Now when I look online - I'm told this device is a 'tone ...
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Information about old Höfner guitar [closed]

I got this old Höfner guitar from someone who got it as a heritage. Since they don’t play the guitar it was just sitting in their attic for quite some time. A few days ago they passed it on to me. I’...
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Netflix Mowgli movie flute

Can some one please tell me what flute they used in the new Netflix Mowgli movie?
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Sounds like bass vibes - acoustic guitar magic?!? What instrument makes this sound? [closed]

In this recording of "Come On In This House" by Junior Wells from 1996, there is a low, rumbling sound and I'm wondering what instrument makes it. It sounds almost like vibes but there are no vibes ...
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What's the name of this instrument that Donald Duck is playing?

I've only ever heard this instrument in this cartoon and in some of Spike Jones' music but I have no idea what the instrument is. Its obviously some type of mallet instrument but not traditional like ...
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Is this an early piano accordion? If not, what is it?

In the painting titled "Song of the angels" (1881), the angel on the left is playing something that looks like a piano accordion: (full resolution here; zoom in) According to Wikipedia, by 1881 ...
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Instrument used in the intro to Green Day's "21 Guns" [closed]

I’m trying to identify the first instrument on the first seconds before the singer sings on the song of Green Day, 21 guns? What could be? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r00ikilDxW4
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