Your Favorite Instrument?

Pontin_Finnberry

Your Friendly Neighborhood Hobbit
The game currently has 22 instruments with different sounds (though the Student Fiddle same as basic except with knocks/scratches), and wondering what players like playing in Middle-Earth the most? maybe its something you played in real life as well, anyway lots of great music made over the years, and for me i like the Traveller's Trusty Fiddle, good plucking sounds, what about you?
 

Findu

Ent on coffee
I use lute of the ages because it's cheap and accessible to a non-mini player. Although the bassoon from the fall festival sounds really nice! I use the abc files, but yesterday felt like manually playing. So got the note mapping set up yesterday in a piano format on the keyboard, now to learn how to play!
 

Mireio Calad

Wind Storyteller
Harp :) mainly but i started to love the fiddle.
I love guitars and i feels like sometimes the harp gives the best rending of those.
But i am open to learn and test
 

Luventhariel

\m/ >^;^< \m/
Ooooh. Tough choice. The Lonely Mountain Fiddle really weeps. The Flute can be breathy and love the trills. Then there's the 37-piece drum kit.

Theorbo is what I love to hear though. Groovy, Funky Bass.
 

Elamond

Member
Pibgorn :cool: fight me

In all seriousness, for solo playing it's a 5-way tie for me between basic harp, lute of ages, flute, traveller's trusty fiddle, and lonely mountain bassoon.. All of em are great in different ways as solo instruments depending on the song, I can't pick a favorite!
 

YamyDeAragon

Student of Lady Galadriel
The game currently has 22 instruments with different sounds (though the Student Fiddle same as basic except with knocks/scratches), and wondering what players like playing in Middle-Earth the most? maybe its something you played in real life as well, anyway lots of great music made over the years, and for me i like the Traveller's Trusty Fiddle, good plucking sounds, what about you?
I used to display cosmetically the Pibgorn on my RK
& also love the sound on my minstrel because remind me archaic hand craft flute. It was a nice consolation since i can't display my rune stone weapons cosmetically, when out of combat & doesn't clip with the cloak. For reasons i do not understand the devs dissable the option to display cosmetic instruments if you aren't wearing them as gear. 😢
 
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Dugunthi

New member
I just reached level 15 on my first minstrel (and second ever character) so I couldn't yet play all the instruments that interest me. In combat I used to switch them out because the repetitive jingles get on my nerves no matter how much I like the instrument (esp. dissonance ballad, obviously). However I have a feeling that might end now that I have a theorbo, it might be gentle enough to not get on my nerves after a while. For music I mostly use the lute of ages, but I am still in the process of compiling and converting music to add to the game.
I really like the lonely mountain instruments but it'll be a while until I can get my hands on either.

I revile the pibgorn, however. Those sounds are downright misanthropic. In truth most of them could do with better samples though. The sustain on the plucked insturments is really disappointing and severely limits musical expression.
 

Hoppa Joel

Well-known member
The game currently has 22 instruments with different sounds (though the Student Fiddle same as basic except with knocks/scratches), and wondering what players like playing in Middle-Earth the most? maybe its something you played in real life as well, anyway lots of great music made over the years, and for me i like the Traveller's Trusty Fiddle, good plucking sounds, what about you?

When I do songs, for our Warders of the Weald band, I write them for MM Harp, Flute, LM Fiddle, TT Fiddle, LM Basoon, and Drum.
It covers a lot of range, those have been my narrowed down choice favourites mainly because we have a 3 person band, so with multi account logging, we cover all three parts. :: Edit:: ( I mean all 6 parts, with three folks ))
In the wrong part, any one of the instruments can sound bad, so a lot of it for me is finding where they go and the best balance ( and to not to need to switch instruments much, as dead-air in a concert makes some folks anxious, and others leave too soon hehe )
TT fiddle, I agree has great plucky sounds, the flute, is best in my opinion for the voice tracks, I will combine all parts for a 'solo' piece, and the harp plays that, this way, if we are missing people you can solo the song, duo it, and so forth. It makes a song feel fuller as well.
The basoon, ( which horn was usually for same part before we got them ) has that mellow rich sound for background. and LM fiddle, fills the rest out with sustain. ( Drum, in some songs are a nessesity )

Other instruments, and variants can be swapped out as needed, but like I said, I try to avoid that.
I mean, if I wanted to do heavy metal, there is brusque bassoon, and the bardic fiddle, ( I really dont want bag-pipes, or clarinet in songs, just not my taste, though pibgorn, can be used in specific places, perfectly. )
While I do pretty okay making the music files, for the band ( and did even better with firefern's in the past, and, with melody assistant, editing midi before taking it to maestro ) I have no realworld music skills. I have a kalimba, I love the sound of, I play a few of my own 'songs' if you wanna call them that, but I really dont have much skill with it hehe.
 
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Hoppa Joel

Well-known member
I used to display cosmetically the Pibgorn on my RK & also love the sound on my minstrel because remind me archaic hand craft
flute. It was a nice consolation since i can't display my rune stone weapons cosmetically, when out of combat & doesn't clip with the cloak. For reasons i do not understand the devs dissable the option to display cosmetic instruments if you aren't wearing them as gear. 😢
I created a hobbit minstrel that uses a brusque basoon which also, looks a bit like a katana sheath on his back, I always thought it was cool like that. :)
 

Dugunthi

New member
( I really dont want bag-pipes, or clarinet in songs, just not my taste, though pibgorn, can be used in specific places, perfectly. )
A tip to make bagpipes better: add a monotonous drone in the background so it feels like a real bagpipe. http://castledangerous.com/reprtoir.htm has some good midis, though you need to transpose the drone up. Makes it much more enjoyable to use. Though here again the short-comings of the LOTRO music system are revealed. It absolutely can not deal with piobaireachd embellishments at all, you need some really simple bagpipe pieces.

Now that I got bagpipes they are definitely my go-to for battles! The theorbo samples sound too much like modern music, it's jarring. :cry:
 
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Mistlos

Reminder of Compromise
The harp for me, definitely. Look-wise, the normal harp, specifically the Summer Celebration Harp. Tone-wise, the Misty Mountain/Summer Celebration Mountain Harp.
 
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