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Thread started 07/18/09 12:54pm

funkyandy

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PRINCE...How many instruments exactly?

OK!...guitar, bass, drums, keyboards...are the only things I've seen him play.

Never seen him play any wind / woodwind instruments / brass...no violins/ harps...


So, what's all this 'he can play 17 instruments' business?!...are we sure we're not talking about 5 varieties of guitar?!!...6 types of drums...etc?!


Or is it that he's so good on those instruments and seems infinitely creative, that we subconsciously like the idea of him playing more?

I've only seen him 'live' once, so Prince .orgers to the rescue please!...


peace

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Reply #1 posted 07/18/09 1:00pm

polkadotbliss

lol

sometimes i think they mean each keyboard type-ie a clavinet , a rhodes piano, some folk seem to class this as 2 instruments-i's say-he plays keyboards-so one instrument

and-i think they may not include percussion with drums-so congas, bongo's, handclapsandfingasnaps, timbales-the list could go on

he does play what he plays rather well though-so who cares how many-care about how well wink
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Reply #2 posted 07/18/09 1:03pm

acjohns

funkyandy said:

OK!...guitar, bass, drums, keyboards...are the only things I've seen him play.

Never seen him play any wind / woodwind instruments / brass...no violins/ harps...


So, what's all this 'he can play 17 instruments' business?!...are we sure we're not talking about 5 varieties of guitar?!!...6 types of drums...etc?!


Or is it that he's so good on those instruments and seems infinitely creative, that we subconsciously like the idea of him playing more?

I've only seen him 'live' once, so Prince .orgers to the rescue please!...

First of all just because u don't see prince playing any other instruments except piano or guitar doesn't mean he can't play other instruments.

Kevin, Entertainment Tonite, host recently said that Prince played 26 instruments.He said that recently on Prince's birthday this year in June.


peace

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Reply #3 posted 07/18/09 1:05pm

acjohns

funkyandy said:

OK!...guitar, bass, drums, keyboards...are the only things I've seen him play.

Never seen him play any wind / woodwind instruments / brass...no violins/ harps...


So, what's all this 'he can play 17 instruments' business?!...are we sure we're not talking about 5 varieties of guitar?!!...6 types of drums...etc?!


Or is it that he's so good on those instruments and seems infinitely creative, that we subconsciously like the idea of him playing more?

I've only seen him 'live' once, so Prince .orgers to the rescue please!...


peace

wink
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Reply #4 posted 07/18/09 1:09pm

ronnwinter

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funkyandy said:

OK!...guitar, bass, drums, keyboards...are the only things I've seen him play.

Never seen him play any wind / woodwind instruments / brass...no violins/ harps...


So, what's all this 'he can play 17 instruments' business?!...are we sure we're not talking about 5 varieties of guitar?!!...6 types of drums...etc?!


Or is it that he's so good on those instruments and seems infinitely creative, that we subconsciously like the idea of him playing more?

I've only seen him 'live' once, so Prince .orgers to the rescue please!...

First of all just because u don't see prince playing any other instruments except piano or guitar doesn't mean he can't play other instruments.

Kevin, Entertainment Tonite, host recently said that Prince played 26 instruments.He said that recently on Prince's birthday this year in June.


peace

wink
[Edited 7/18/09 12:55pm]

Theres so many varieties of the same instruments, but they are considered different instruments. Such as.. Acoustic guitar, 12 string acoustic guitar, Dobro guitar, Classical guitar, Electric guitar, Dog House bass. Acoustic Bass, electric bass. Piano, keyboard, and the list goes on and on. So yea, he probably does play 26 instruments.
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Reply #5 posted 07/18/09 1:19pm

zucris

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I'm convinced that he can play anything he wants wink
Forever in my life...
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Reply #6 posted 07/18/09 1:28pm

kenlacam

:beatdeadhorse:Um, did you do a search before posting this overworked topic?!
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Reply #7 posted 07/18/09 1:31pm

Bejaye

funkyandy said:

OK!...guitar, bass, drums, keyboards...are the only things I've seen him play.

Never seen him play any wind / woodwind instruments / brass...no violins/ harps...


So, what's all this 'he can play 17 instruments' business?!...are we sure we're not talking about 5 varieties of guitar?!!...6 types of drums...etc?!


Or is it that he's so good on those instruments and seems infinitely creative, that we subconsciously like the idea of him playing more?

I've only seen him 'live' once, so Prince .orgers to the rescue please!...


peace

wink
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He played the string intstruments in his songs where they appear (before his big-band-theory), and I believe for the Purple Rain soundtrack. That alone is at least 7-12 instruments.
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Reply #8 posted 07/18/09 1:34pm

funkyandy

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ronnwinter said:

acjohns said:


Theres so many varieties of the same instruments, but they are considered different instruments. Such as.. Acoustic guitar, 12 string acoustic guitar, Dobro guitar, Classical guitar, Electric guitar, Dog House bass. Acoustic Bass, electric bass. Piano, keyboard, and the list goes on and on. So yea, he probably does play 26 instruments.




Great answers guys / gals...which seem to back up my original point

Seems to be varieties of the same instrument...

It's just that people often press this point to emphasise the 'genius' aspect of him...and use it to downplay the 'genius' of other artists...

...and we shouldn't assume others can't play instruments either...James Brown could play keyboards and Michael Jackson could play drums & guitar (believe it or not!... his song D.S).

...yes kenlacam...(Mr. Patience)...i did a search...

...but for other posters, yeah I know what you're gonna say!

peace


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Reply #9 posted 07/18/09 1:49pm

kenlacam

patience not a factor. you must be a new Prince fan to ask that question though. The number of instruments has been greatly exaggerated, because of the keyboard instruments should all count as one instrument, not several. Plus, Google can work wonders:
http://en.wikipedia.org/w...(musician)
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Reply #10 posted 07/18/09 1:51pm

acjohns

funkyandy said:

ronnwinter said:


Theres so many varieties of the same instruments, but they are considered different instruments. Such as.. Acoustic guitar, 12 string acoustic guitar, Dobro guitar, Classical guitar, Electric guitar, Dog House bass. Acoustic Bass, electric bass. Piano, keyboard, and the list goes on and on. So yea, he probably does play 26 instruments.




Great answers guys / gals...which seem to back up my original point

Seems to be varieties of the same instrument...

It's just that people often press this point to emphasise the 'genius' aspect of him...and use it to downplay the 'genius' of other artists...

...and we shouldn't assume others can't play instruments either...James Brown could play keyboards and Michael Jackson could play drums & guitar (believe it or not!... his song D.S).

...yes kenlacam...(Mr. Patience)...i did a search...

...but for other posters, yeah I know what you're gonna say!

peace


wink
[Edited 7/18/09 13:36pm]


If a person can play musical instruments COMFORTABLY that means with ease than in my opinion he or she can play. That is the real question can all ofthe other artists listed above play instruments comfortably. Or is it an every day struggle. If it is a struggle than.....

Just my 2 cents LOLOLOl
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Reply #11 posted 07/18/09 1:55pm

kenlacam

wikipedia:

Prince released his first major-label album, For You, on April 17, 1978. The majority of For You was written and performed by Prince, except for the song "Soft and Wet" (lyrics co-written by Moon). This was the first of Prince's albums containing the now ubiquitous legend: "Produced, Arranged, Composed and Performed by Prince." Like most albums in his career, For You was recorded without a band; Prince reportedly played all 27 instruments on the album, though they were different types of string, percussion, and keyboard instruments.

God, hopefully this will end the discussion.
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Reply #12 posted 07/18/09 2:08pm

jdcxc

I once read that the Saxophone was the only instrument that Prince has received formal training on but he gave it up in before high school. Anyone know the details?
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Reply #13 posted 07/18/09 3:27pm

Close2u

I wonder how he'd tune my instrument? cool
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Reply #14 posted 07/18/09 3:51pm

TheEnglishGent

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Prince can play eleventynine instruments.
RIP sad
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Reply #15 posted 07/18/09 6:44pm

Tame

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TheEnglishGent said:

Prince can play eleventynine instruments.



That's cute. cool
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight...
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Reply #16 posted 07/18/09 9:05pm

Close2u

I wonder if he has ever offered lessons too others show em the prince ropez
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Reply #17 posted 07/18/09 11:15pm

aarontj

funkyandy said:

ronnwinter said:


Theres so many varieties of the same instruments, but they are considered different instruments. Such as.. Acoustic guitar, 12 string acoustic guitar, Dobro guitar, Classical guitar, Electric guitar, Dog House bass. Acoustic Bass, electric bass. Piano, keyboard, and the list goes on and on. So yea, he probably does play 26 instruments.




Great answers guys / gals...which seem to back up my original point

Seems to be varieties of the same instrument...

It's just that people often press this point to emphasise the 'genius' aspect of him...and use it to downplay the 'genius' of other artists...

...and we shouldn't assume others can't play instruments either...James Brown could play keyboards and Michael Jackson could play drums & guitar (believe it or not!... his song D.S).

...yes kenlacam...(Mr. Patience)...i did a search...

...but for other posters, yeah I know what you're gonna say!

peace


wink
[Edited 7/18/09 13:36pm]



Here we go!! MJ can't play a single instrument, he made contracts to have extra credits in his albums (a la Lauren Hill), but he wansn't a musician, his brothers say it so many times, the guy wanned to learn but he couldn't.
"I have so much love for Prince. But why don't they look at me that way"- MJ
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Reply #18 posted 07/18/09 11:52pm

HonestMan13

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Harpsichord (Question of U)
Drums (Gonna Be A Beautiful Night/SOTT Movie)
Guitar doh!
Bass omg
Piano stfu
Probably the rest are variations on these or obscure instruments we'd never think of.
When eye go 2 a Prince concert or related event it's all heart up in the house but when eye log onto this site and the miasma of bitchiness is completely overwhelming!
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Reply #19 posted 07/19/09 2:13am

funkyandy

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aarontj said:

funkyandy said:





Great answers guys / gals...which seem to back up my original point

Seems to be varieties of the same instrument...

It's just that people often press this point to emphasise the 'genius' aspect of him...and use it to downplay the 'genius' of other artists...

...and we shouldn't assume others can't play instruments either...James Brown could play keyboards and Michael Jackson could play drums & guitar (believe it or not!... his song D.S).

...yes kenlacam...(Mr. Patience)...i did a search...

...but for other posters, yeah I know what you're gonna say!

peace


wink
[Edited 7/18/09 13:36pm]



Here we go!! MJ can't play a single instrument, he made contracts to have extra credits in his albums (a la Lauren Hill), but he wansn't a musician, his brothers say it so many times, the guy wanned to learn but he couldn't.



MJ wasn't a 'musician?'...discuss?!..lol


I haven't heard his brothers say anything regarding this ...once...


'He made contracts to have extra credits'...what on earth?...are u an insider or something?


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Reply #20 posted 07/19/09 6:03am

JayJai

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kenlacam said:

wikipedia:

Prince released his first major-label album, For You, on April 17, 1978. The majority of For You was written and performed by Prince, except for the song "Soft and Wet" (lyrics co-written by Moon). This was the first of Prince's albums containing the now ubiquitous legend: "Produced, Arranged, Composed and Performed by Prince." Like most albums in his career, For You was recorded without a band; Prince reportedly played all 27 instruments on the album, though they were different types of string, percussion, and keyboard instruments.

God, hopefully this will end the discussion.

Case closed! lock
I swear the words "HATER" is wayyy over-rated...smh
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Reply #21 posted 07/19/09 11:20am

SPYZFAN1

I love these "how many?" threads. They always pop up every 3 months.
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Reply #22 posted 07/19/09 3:37pm

funkyandy

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SPYZFAN1 said:

I love these "how many?" threads. They always pop up every 3 months.



4 your viewing pleasure...u understand...

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Reply #23 posted 07/19/09 4:17pm

Purple123

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funkyandy said:

OK!...guitar, bass, drums, keyboards...are the only things I've seen him play.

Never seen him play any wind / woodwind instruments / brass...no violins/ harps...


So, what's all this 'he can play 17 instruments' business?!...are we sure we're not talking about 5 varieties of guitar?!!...6 types of drums...etc?!


Or is it that he's so good on those instruments and seems infinitely creative, that we subconsciously like the idea of him playing more?

I've only seen him 'live' once, so Prince .orgers to the rescue please!...


peace

wink
[Edited 7/18/09 12:55pm]


Exactly, he play different variations of Bass, drums, piano and guitar.

Thank U
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