I have always loved the atypical musical instruments.

I start playing ethnic music with a little tambourine tucked away in a closet. Then, I keep collecting several other ethnic instruments that I found along the way. Little by little, I had modest list of instruments that I play:

Ciaramella - Shawm

Ciaramella - Shawm

Ciaramella, piffero, pipìta, totarellatrombetta are few regional names of this ancient oboe from southern Italy. No doubt: my favourite instrument!

Zampogna

Zampogna

Traditional bagpipe of center and southern Italy with 2 chanters and from 1 to 3 drones. With single or double reeds. A little joke: "What's the difference between one bagpipe tuned in G and another one with same tuning?"... :-P

Bagpipes

Bagpipes

Other bagpipes from northern Italy and Europe with one single chanter and from 1 to 3 drones. In photo, a musette from center France, my favourite bagpipe!

Diatonic Accordion

Diatonic Accordion

The button diatonic accordion is a musical instrument useful for playing ethnic music: you can play melodies, you can play chords, you can sing above the accordion and if you want to change the tone... well, you just need to change the instrument! :) 

Recorder

Recorder

From tenor to sopranino, these woodwinds with a whistle mouthpiece are awesome: practical, cheap and versatile.

Ethnic Flutes

Ethnic Flutes

Fischiettififrequena and friscaletti are just few regional names for these traditional woodwinds with or without mouthpiece. Used alone or in couple.

Jarana

Jarana

Traditional guitar for accompaniment from Veracruz (Gulf of Mexico). 

Tambourine

Tambourine

Traditional percussion from southern Italy and Mediterranean aera. "Lu tamburrieddu mia nu viziu teni, tutte le carusedde faci ballari!"

Harmonica

Harmonica

Harmonica is the ancestor of accordion and it's probably the most human instrument existing.

Clarinet

Clarinet

Classican woodwind with single reed. Warm and gentle on low register (chalumeau) and bright and powerful on high register (clarino). The most versatile instrument in the world! 

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