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Thread started 06/01/07 9:03pm

Afronomical

Question: How Many Documented Instruments Can Prince Play?

Is it over or 25? Under 10? Around 15? Does anyone have a credible source to show and prove? Thanks in advance.
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Reply #1 posted 06/01/07 9:25pm

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Didn't they always say 27? But that counts things like triangle, I'm sure.
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Reply #2 posted 06/01/07 11:17pm

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He plays EVERYTHING lol
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Reply #3 posted 06/01/07 11:39pm

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i remember years ago it was listed as over 21
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Reply #4 posted 06/02/07 12:33am

Afronomical

But no credible sources have the number listed?
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Reply #5 posted 06/02/07 1:37am

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3121 wink
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Reply #6 posted 06/02/07 1:40am

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purplesweat said:

3121 wink

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Reply #7 posted 06/02/07 2:04am

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It's been said he plays 27 but in reality he plays 7 instruments.

(Guitar
Bass Guitar)
Technically these two are under the same grouping as string instruments. but will seperate to make it look better.
Keyboard Instruments
Drums
Percussion Instruments
Harmonica
Synthesizer

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Now they different types of instruments under these major catagories probally make it out to 27.


Guitar
electric guitar
acoustic guitar


Bass Guitar
electric bass
acoustic bass


Keyboard Instruments
Piano
Clavinet
ClaviChord
Rhodes
Wurlitzer
Harpschord


ORGANS
Farfisa
Hammond B3
Vox Continental

Drums
Acoustic Drums
Electric Drum Pads


Synthesizer
Moog
Yamaha DX-7
ARP
Oberheim OB-Xa


Percussion Instruments
Congas
Bongos
woodblocks
claves
(more) cowbell
vibraphone
vibraslap
tambourine
shakers
triagle


Wind Instrument
Harmonica
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Reply #8 posted 06/02/07 8:24am

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Afronomical said:

But no credible sources have the number listed?
back on the oprah show ...i think she says over 21
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Reply #9 posted 06/02/07 9:40am

Afronomical

LittleBLUECorvette said:

It's been said he plays 27 but in reality he plays 7 instruments.

(Guitar
Bass Guitar)
Technically these two are under the same grouping as string instruments. but will seperate to make it look better.
Keyboard Instruments
Drums
Percussion Instruments
Harmonica
Synthesizer

-----
Now they different types of instruments under these major catagories probally make it out to 27.


Guitar
electric guitar
acoustic guitar


Bass Guitar
electric bass
acoustic bass


Keyboard Instruments
Piano
Clavinet
ClaviChord
Rhodes
Wurlitzer
Harpschord
Electric Piano


ORGANS
Farfisa
Hammond B3


Drums
Acoustic Drums
Electric Drum Pads


Synthesizer
Moog
Yamaha DX-7
ARP
Oberheim OB-Xa


Percussion Instruments
Congas
Bongos
woodblocks
claves
(more) cowbell
vibraphone
vibraslap
tambourine
shakers


Wind Instrument
Harmonica
[Edited 6/2/07 2:05am]


So he plays 20+ instruments within 7 categories of main instruments? So that's still right then - 20+ - since they are for the most part different instruments, just with slight variations of each other.
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Reply #10 posted 06/02/07 10:13am

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Raze said:

Didn't they always say 27? But that counts things like triangle, I'm sure.


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Reply #11 posted 06/02/07 10:22am

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thank god he dont play the Flute lol
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Reply #12 posted 06/02/07 10:31am

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He doesn't really play drums!

In 80's he used Lindrum drum machines to "PROGRAM" and "SEQUENCE" his drums. He never plays the real drums.

In the 90's he used the MPC and Roland drum machines as well as software that was becoming available.

On "3121" he used Pro Tools with VST's to sequence his drums.

He can probably jam out on the real drums, but he's no drummer and he doesn't drum on his own records. If you hear live drums, and notdrum machines on his records, then it is played by others.

If he's credited for doing THE WHOLE TRACK, including the drums, then the drums were probably layed out using a drum machine.
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Reply #13 posted 06/02/07 10:39am

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komputerbleu said:

He doesn't really play drums!
come on we've all seen him play the drums....Videos like america, SOTT movie, Unreleased concert videos... but your mostly right
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Reply #14 posted 06/02/07 11:22am

Illustrator

I always play my own instument.
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Reply #15 posted 06/02/07 12:32pm

Raze

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komputerbleu said:

He doesn't really play drums!

In 80's he used Lindrum drum machines to "PROGRAM" and "SEQUENCE" his drums. He never plays the real drums.




he actually plays the drums quite a bit.
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Reply #16 posted 06/02/07 12:37pm

rbrpm

Except the violin,xalaphone,kalimba but then again! lol
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Reply #17 posted 06/02/07 12:38pm

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basically, he doesn't play horns or strings. but Candy did say back during the Musicology tour (i think it was then) that he was learning to play sax.
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Reply #18 posted 06/02/07 1:03pm

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komputerbleu said:

He doesn't really play drums!

In 80's he used Lindrum drum machines to "PROGRAM" and "SEQUENCE" his drums. He never plays the real drums.

In the 90's he used the MPC and Roland drum machines as well as software that was becoming available.

On "3121" he used Pro Tools with VST's to sequence his drums.

He can probably jam out on the real drums, but he's no drummer and he doesn't drum on his own records. If you hear live drums, and notdrum machines on his records, then it is played by others.


If he's credited for doing THE WHOLE TRACK, including the drums, then the drums were probably layed out using a drum machine.



rolleyes the America video. end of statement.
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Reply #19 posted 06/02/07 2:27pm

Afronomical

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basically, he doesn't play horns or strings. but Candy did say back during the Musicology tour (i think it was then) that he was learning to play sax.


Now that's what I heard, which is why he was so fascinated by Miles' (Horns) and Claire Fisher's (Strings) abilities.
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Reply #20 posted 06/02/07 5:20pm

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i saw this clip of Prince on American Bandstand... and when Clark asked him how many instruments he plays Prince responds "thousands".
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Reply #21 posted 06/02/07 7:01pm

Mong

I hear he plays the pink oboe.
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Reply #22 posted 06/02/07 7:06pm

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tznekbsbfrvr said:

i saw this clip of Prince on American Bandstand... and when Clark asked him how many instruments he plays Prince responds "thousands".


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Reply #23 posted 06/02/07 7:50pm

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purplesocks said:

tznekbsbfrvr said:

i saw this clip of Prince on American Bandstand... and when Clark asked him how many instruments he plays Prince responds "thousands".


well someones lying wink


lol- it ain't me... lol but who knows? do those kiddie toy pianos and recorders count as instruments?
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Reply #24 posted 06/02/07 7:56pm

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tznekbsbfrvr said:

purplesocks said:



well someones lying wink


lol- it ain't me... lol but who knows? do those kiddie toy pianos and recorders count as instruments?


Prince was being sarcastic cause Dick Clark pissed him off .. if u watch that again.. look @ Prince.. in the beginning all was fine he was happy.. but the minute Clark talked about his age.. Prince was offended ..
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Reply #25 posted 06/02/07 7:57pm

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he played tuba in high school
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Reply #26 posted 06/02/07 8:13pm

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Flowerz said:

tznekbsbfrvr said:



lol- it ain't me... lol but who knows? do those kiddie toy pianos and recorders count as instruments?


Prince was being sarcastic cause Dick Clark pissed him off .. if u watch that again.. look @ Prince.. in the beginning all was fine he was happy.. but the minute Clark talked about his age.. Prince was offended ..


okay okay. calm down.
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Reply #27 posted 06/03/07 1:14pm

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mplsmike said:

komputerbleu said:

He doesn't really play drums!
come on we've all seen him play the drums....Videos like america, SOTT movie, Unreleased concert videos... but your mostly right


The live version of America is one of the best Prince drum performance that I ever seen!biggrin
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Reply #28 posted 06/03/07 1:19pm

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Flowerz said:

tznekbsbfrvr said:



lol- it ain't me... lol but who knows? do those kiddie toy pianos and recorders count as instruments?


Prince was being sarcastic cause Dick Clark pissed him off .. if u watch that again.. look @ Prince.. in the beginning all was fine he was happy.. but the minute Clark talked about his age.. Prince was offended ..




well, that's just Prince being a crazy asshole, so whatever shrug
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Reply #29 posted 06/03/07 1:20pm

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LittleBLUECorvette said:

It's been said he plays 27 but in reality he plays 7 instruments.

(Guitar
Bass Guitar)
Technically these two are under the same grouping as string instruments. but will seperate to make it look better.
Keyboard Instruments
Drums
Percussion Instruments
Harmonica
Synthesizer

-----
Now they different types of instruments under these major catagories probally make it out to 27.


Guitar
electric guitar
acoustic guitar


Bass Guitar
electric bass
acoustic bass


Keyboard Instruments
Piano
Clavinet
ClaviChord
Rhodes
Wurlitzer
Harpschord
Electric Piano


ORGANS
Farfisa
Hammond B3


Drums
Acoustic Drums
Electric Drum Pads


Synthesizer
Moog
Yamaha DX-7
ARP
Oberheim OB-Xa


Percussion Instruments
Congas
Bongos
woodblocks
claves
(more) cowbell
vibraphone
vibraslap
tambourine
shakers


Wind Instrument
Harmonica
[Edited 6/2/07 2:05am]


I don't mean to be picky. But:

1. In the organ section, add the Vox Continental to the list.

2. Rhodes & Wurlitzer ARE electric pianos!wink

3. Synthesizer should be separated by synth types (analog, FM, Waveable, etc.)
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