An Ode To Instruments
Apollo here once again, here with an important message. Please keep in mind that
this highly important message is not to be taken lightly, as it is one of the
most important issues rising upon Neopia today... saving the music.
Everyone needs some color, some excitement, something fulfilling, in their
life. Music just seems to bring that to anyone who asks. Sure you could try
singing, but not everyone has a knack for that… *coughs and stares at friends*
but there is something that everyone can perfect with practice… an instrument.
I myself have compiled a list of the entire group of instruments available to
Neopia today. Looking upon this list will help your pet to find the perfect
Flute- A flute is one of the female’s favorites, but like I said, it doesn’t
leave out the dudes. It is played by curving your lower lip and blowing. The
air travels through the instrument and lets out through the different air holes.
Pressing down the pads will change the pitch and note on the instrument.
Clarinet- The clarinet is one of the squeaky woodwinds instrument when first
played by beginners. It can become as soothing as a whispering wind with practice.
It is used in jazz and blues quite often although it can play any melody quite
well. It is played by blowing air through the reed on the mouthpiece and pressing
down pads to change the tune.
Oboe- The oboe has a very unique sound to it. It is played the same as a clarinet,
by pressing down the pads and blowing through the reed. It is used for classical
music, and sadly, isn’t a very popular instrument.
Recorder- The recorder is very popular among aspiring musicians, and is very
to learn. They are more a play toy than an actual instrument, and is played
by blowing through the hole in the mouthpiece.
Saxophone- Saxophones are jazzy instruments, and range from smooth R&B to
the sad, sad blues. They are played similarly to the clarinets and oboes, by
blowing through the reed the pressing on the keys.
Harmonica- The harmonica can be classified as a jazz instrument, though it
fit the blues a bit more. You can play it by blowing through a combination of
the holes and shifting your hands to cover up the exiting part of the holes
to change pitch.
Pan Pipes- The pan pipes can create beautiful haunting melodies with practice.
The pan pipes have been called the first actually wind instrument ever made.
It dates back to Mystery Island natives hollowing out wood and blowing through
them for haunting rituals. The wind from you travels through the pipe you choose
to blow it through. The longer the pipe, the deeper the sound it makes. The
shorter the pipe, the higher the sound it makes.
Trumpet- Should you wish to be a trumpeter, you will need stamina, endurance,
strength… and that’s just for blowing. You’ll need a lot of wind to play the
trumpet, oh yes, let me explain how you play it. You must tighten you lips and
then blow. Pressing down the valves will change the note. In order to play higher,
you must be able to blow even faster and harder.
Trombone- Ah… the trombone… where to start? First off, this instrument rocks,
so play it. You can play it similarly to the trumpet, by tightening you lips
and blowing. However, you must move the slide around to change you note. To
make it easier, there are certain slide positions to follow. Also like the trumpet,
you must blow faster to go higher. The slide must be taken care of constantly
French Horn- The French horn is played just like all other brass instruments,
by tightening you lips and blowing. You can press down on the pads to change
the note, and you must blow faster to go higher. Nothing new…
Violin- The violin (aka the fiddle) has a wide variety of tunes to choose
from. It can be western, classical, blues, and even rock. It is played by putting
the end of it under you chin, on the resting piece. Then you use your fingers
to strike down different strings and run a bow (made from the tail hair of a
Uni) across the certain strings to strike a note. You can also pluck the strings
for a more western like sound.
Cello- Cellos are a regular aspect of classical group. It is like the violin,
but is played between the legs and set on the ground. You still use you fingers
to press on the chords and a bow to play with though. Like all string instruments,
you can pluck it as well.
Blue Moehawk Guitar- This guitar is not only a replica of Moehawk… but it
also works as an actual guitar! *faints* Anyways, guitars are played by putting
you fingers in a position on the strings, and then strumming on the strings
to make a sound.
Limited Edition Guitar- The only difference from the other guitar is that
it is in a spiffy star shape. Read about the blue Moehawk guitar to learn how
Gruundo Guitar- This guitar is the same as the above two, except it is from
the galactic Kreludan band: Gruundo.
Wock Til You Drop Guitar- This guitar is played the same as the above three
making Neopia’s total string guitars a total of four. This guitar is not only
from the barely known band: Wock Til You Drop, but it also has two neck/fingerboards!
Harp- The harp is a very elegant instrument, popular among female musicians.
(Like the flutes) It is played by strumming your fingers along the strings to
make a beautiful sound. I would love to play the harp, but I won’t lie, it is
Piano- A piano is an instrument for anyone to play; all you have to do is
strike down keys. The white keys are naturals and the colored keys are sharps
and flats. It can play any kind of music at all and can be found in almost every
band. This piano is for beginners, so it has a limited amount of keys, but you
could advance to the…
Grand Piano- This is one of the grand daddies of all instruments, the grand
piano. It is elegant, classical, and once you play this instrument you can play
the keyboard, a piano in rock and techno version. This piano has to play bass
and treble clef, unlike the basic piano. The colored keys also become black
keys. It is played the same as the piano described above.
Silver Triangle- The triangle is said to be easy, and to a beginner it is,
all you have to do is hit it and let it ring. However, as you progress playing
this instrument, you will learn special tricks in holding the triangle to let
out a fuller ring, or to make the ring short and sweet. It is an instrument
that is kind of hard not to love.
Castanets- The castanets are easy; all you have to do is click them together
with a beat. I’m sure there are special tricks to add like the triangle, but
I do not know them. Go talk to a music professor.
Cow Bell- You play the cow… no, wait, the Kau bell by hitting it. It lets
out an awkward barnyard sound, fun for a while until it gets annoying.
Rainbow Maracas- Shake it! Maracas are played by shaking them and the little
beads inside will make a sound. It sounds kind of like a scraping sound.
Hand Bell- Okay, you play the hand bell by letting the little ball on the
inside hit the brass sides and it will ring. It isn’t that hard.
Wooden Washboard- Wow, what a weird instrument. It is played by striking the
ridges with a stick/your hand. Not that much explaining to do.
Accordion- Rumored to be King Roo’s favorite instrument, and it is played
by pushing the spring back and forth. For an added sound, you can learn to use
the keys on the side.
Set of Spoons- Some say that the spoons are only for a musical genius, but
it isn’t. Hit the spoons on something really fast. If you can’t do it, you’re
Colourful Xylophone- This is a xylophone, a colorful one. Each block is a
different note/pitch/sound, and it can sound awfully off key if you play it
incorrectly. Practice is important, and I suggest playing piano before playing
this instrument, the two are pretty much the same.
Bongo Drums- You can play the bongo by hitting the tops of the drums with
your paws to keep the beat or make a melody. It is a beginning stage of playing
Drum Kit- The drum kit is fun to play. It is also difficult to play. These
drums consist of a set of symbols, a high top, a bass drum, a tom drum, and
two snare drums. Drum kits can be found in every rock band and almost every
That’s it! All of the instruments known to Neopia are now known to you, now
you have to take your pick. The whole point of this article was to inform you
about these instruments so you could enjoy the wonders of music. Sorry if I
spazzed a few times, but no harm done… physically.