The instruments used in Le Vent des Cordes are those we found in the Irish and general folks’ repertoires.
The Tin whistle, or Irish flute, is a wind instrument of the woodwind family. It is a vertical flute with six holes, usually made with metal, plastic or wood. This is the popular instrument of today’s traditional musics, especially in Celtic musics.
There are different tonalities, the most common being D which allows an instrument size particularly suitable for young children.
Le Vent des Cordes mainly uses the Tin whistle “Feadog Pro” for children and the “Kildare Susato”, which are very good quality and not too expensive Tin whistles that we can notably get at “Ty ar sonerien” in Brittany.
Folk guitar is an acoustic guitar with 6 to 12 strings of which the important sound box allows a more powerful sound. It is a steel strings guitar of the plucked string instruments family. This type of guitar came from the USA with well known brands such as Martin, Gibson or Fender. The common shapes are the Dreadnoughts, the jumbos and other Parlors.
Le Vent des Cordes mainly uses them to accompany songs and flute melodies, with a traditional tuning (E A D G B E) or Nashville (12 strings without basses).
The diatonic harmonica is a wind instrument operating on the same principles as the diatonic accordion: air blown or sucked causes pressure into the metal reed chambers that produce the sound. This is a recent instrument as the first one appeared around 1820. Hohner is the best known manufacturer even if other brands such as Seydel, Lee Oscar or Suzuki are very good harmonicas manufacturers too.
It is an instrument we traditionally learn “by ear” and which is particularly suitable for children. We mostly use diatonic harmonicas in G major and D major.
The folk melodies allow to associate guitar and diatonic harmonica, in a "Bob Dylan" style by using a harmonica holder.
The accordion is an instrument of the wind instruments family. A keyboard opens the air, provided by the bellows activated by the musician, which vibrates into the metal reeds producing the sounds and the melody. By pressing the same button, you’ll get two different notes depending on whether you’re compressing or expanding the bellows. This allows the instrument to be smaller and lighter than a chromatic accordion. There are different tonalities for diatonic accordions, the G C being the most used in France and in the west.
At Le Vent de Cordes, diatonic accordion for beginners is the Hohner 2915 preferably in G D.