Yes, it does seem that way. I know I don't listen to the radio these days in quite some time (years).
We have it set up so we can listen to music by genre or by musician...so I could listen to Benny Goodman all day long or blues & jazz etc.
... same with music on tv awards, for example, mostly we have no idea who they are talking about..haven't watched the news in a bout a year now,,since things came around they way the did here in the states. with one exception.. I found a 'good news network" on the web that actually has good news.
Don't know how it is in your country but there is actually good news and good music out there..but you sure have to search for it nowadays.
That was nice I feel duly skiffilated now.
the 2nd one was blocked..and the last one was fun figured the fellow was playing a dust bin (what we call a trash barrel)
this is what I found on the washboard as an instrument...couldn't check all the sources but this is the gist of it...
Invented around 1797 it soon became used as a musical instrument along with spoons and jugs by slaves who were outlawed from playing drums because of the fear of white people that they would use drums to communicate to each other as they had been able to do in their home country.
Not owning anything at 1st music called "hamboning" literally playing parts of their body to make sounds.
...when I was young I remember a fellow playing "bones" which I figured were rib bones held together much like spoons.
Jug bands came into being as that was all that was available and made instruments out of most anything..hence the washtub bass for example.
it is said that after emancipation that slowly that style of music integrated with new emigrates coming from various countries often also quite poor.
So a man like Washboard Chaz is carrying on a tradition of at least 200 years..though (I don't know if he is aware of that )
I suppose I should put in a disclaimer here in case others have more info..
oh you'll be sending me to the dictionary for that one.
Love the name "Skiffle" if you have any samples I'd be all ears to hear some.
i love music history and since we are off topic doesn't have to be harmonica oriented..but if it is all the more +++
(..best get to my chores for now)
Bet you would do a fine job of it as well !
That must be Washboard Chaz that you saw in the video. Turns out he is a well known player down in New Orleans.
I'd be curious if you have "jug band" music where you are from or have seen the washboard played before ?
I like these various videos as not only do they record the various peoples in the world but the instruments they use, many i have never seen before.
I have a wearable washboard vest sometimes called a rubboard. I brought used this spring from a teacher we sought out who made a documentary of various styles of french music as it spread from Europe over to the new world.
I live on the opposite end from New Orleans..I live near the Provence of Quebec Canada which is french speaking. So the music is different from New Orleans. Often when french people from the old country come over for vacation the seek out other areas of french populations and eventually all roads seem to lead to New Orleans.
When our sax playing friend visited he didn't have his sax with him, but we all wanted to play some music and some new french song we had learned or translated...so I brought out the spoons to play and that went well..then I brought down my washboard vest..and bingo. They knew all about Washboard Chaz had seen him play told me all about Playing for Change people etc etc.
so the wash board is not unique to the french culture..it is often referred to a "mountain music" and what not.
I think it shows that no matter how poor people were there is always music
Rhythm and timing...it's in our DNA as they say....
What are folks doing over you way ?
Here is the first video that got it started with Grandpa Elliott and others. "Stand by Me" by Ben E King
The concept was to bring the studio to people around the world.
the idea is while gov't may divide, music brings us together.
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You'll need to be prepared for a very long wait.
I'll play for live people in front of me, long before I play for a computer.
Glad you enjoyed them I've been looking a some of their other stuff they have been doing..fund raisers to build schools for music.
They seem like good folks.
..though my wife has been pushing me to dust of some "holiday" tunes...
Anybody familiar with the group and concept of Playing for Change (not the money kind)
I wasn't till we had friends visit from France, the fellow is an excellent Sax player and his wife used to sing in a A Cappella group with my wife.
"Gramp pa" plays great harmonica on this...and as you can notice on other related songs it is about musicians playing various song through out the world.
Hope you're mending well...and all the nurses are pretty.
I see there are a few instruments that I need to look up to see what they are...I like that...keeps the brain working I tell myself.
I was surprised to see various drums mentioned, a friend who is learning the Sitar, gave a little demo of the tabla drums his girl friend is learning and we could see he was sliding the palm of his hand across the drum head from time to time so that must be what he was doing for a bend.
(they are heading to India for 6 month hoping to learn their instruments better)
My wife on guitar is a "non bender" she leaves that for me. She plays very clean style. She's all about rhythm and timing right chord at the right time, various strumming patterns things like that. I get "the look" when I"m screwing up heh heh..
Usually harmonica is doing the fills between vocal lines, then improv solos on the harp..always trying to improve my accompaniment abilities so I can add more chords to help fill out the sound during vocals..always a work in progress...
now to look up some of the instruments..oop-goobi...think I'll start with that one...
Just got back , so I'll be checking out some more of it...just getting bits and pieces of info from the web and saw Rhapsody as an example.
Hope I don't get lost in the world of semantics...pretty sure bends are not unique to the harmonica though.
I've heard the expression of "scooping for a note" as well... for a vocalist they get points off their scores if it's competition...
I used to think that only harmonica players were bending notes..till I got to thinking it through a bit..
so just starting to make up a list of instruments that bend notes...I'm thinking bending a note or bending the pitch are two separate things so there may be some overlap etc
...so lots of stringed instruments so i'll kind of take that as a given..though guitar certainly comes to mind....
...saxophone.....I asked a sax player...
...clarinet....( a reed instrument) as in the beginning of Rhapsody in Blue
...flute...this one surprised me quite a bit...so here's a link about it...thesession.org/discussions/31664
...that's as far as i got so far...
I think on harmonica we tend to stall when we want to bend to a particular note nice and clean right on target as in arpeggio style and tend to miss a lot of the bend ability of the instrument in general as being quite user friendly.
I'd be interested to hear of other instruments which employ various methods to "bend" a note that might be available...thanks
Lipflapper that's a great name...
We played at a rehab hospital yesterday and at the end one woman in a wheel chair motioned to me to come over to talk.
as she was talking I, of course, thought of you perhaps having a similar situation.
Told her how your doctor suggested the harmonica would be good for you. She was quite enthusiastic about that. Turns out she has a beautiful harmonica at home yet had only learned a simple holiday song on it.
I'm a big fan of holiday songs and with the season you might be thinking much the same.
Wanted to let you know even if if you are new to the instrument, you are already inspiring others.
Good luck with it all !l
Not quite a joke but a little humor perhaps,
Last year we were at a facility where people were a mixture of healthy and some not so healthy.
I'm dressed in black, top button of my shirt is open and a speck of my white t shirt is showing.
I walk by a fellow in a wheel chair...and he says to me "You're either with the entertainment or a priest to give me my last rites."
They guy was all smiles so told him not to worry I think he's good for another day...
very true, I think I get increasingly cautious about putting my stuff out there.
I think the last two were in Aug...King of the Road and the Fisher Hornpipe.
I try to stay pretty focused on our song list so I don't get to side tracked playing tunes we might never use. We try to keep about 20 to 25 songs active.
We are close to firming up Guantanamera in spanish suppose it just missed the G songs by a whisker.
Sunnyside of the Street we have been playing for about a year or so. Glad to see sarge put it out there for this month.
That is the one I decided to try a different harp on. usually I use a C harp in the key of G,
but then again I got to thinking that my portion of the song was as accompaniment..so may not have technically met the criteria as "doing the song" even though i have a solo section to it.
So i spend a fair amount of time working on the melody line, which kind of excludes my wife out of the picture to my way of thinking cuz she already has the melody line.
Or I could continue to work up the song only to have someone say ..man you should've learned that on chromatic..which frankly kind of gets old pretty fast.
I have a fair amount of stuff over on you tube under spideryak1 but I don't think anything new there since Don't get around much Anymore" this summer.
Most of the songs I continually work so mostly I think the songs are only moderately good.
We play at a local hospital down by Boston this Sunday...I think i'm only on four songs there as it is primarily an A Cappella group( I'm in big trouble if I spelled that wrong) so I'm only responsible for my part on the songs... Uptown Fred...Paper Moon...Glory of Love...and Blues Skies.
I think only Paper Moon and Blue Skies do i carry the melody line on the solos...or a portion of it.
Looking forward to the Blue Skies tune since we are back in the states the vocals will be in English once again..but this time the A Cappella group named "Just for Fun" (about a dozen ladies) will come in with some background vocals...so that should be fun
and as yet nobody has ever said oh you should play chromatic...unless of course i'm on a harmonica web site ....
.....I'm not a big fan of chromatics but mostly I keep it to myself... unless pushed...
..course I do have a chromatic or two...they sit in the draw unused
...1st I think one should actually like the feel and sound of em....ewww..that'll get me in some trouble for sure..
yes..she would hand me the sheet music, her stuff was written out for 4 part harmony. and I would get so lost.."oh those are not my part it's for the baritones, but I'm sing bass there but I end on the tenor part cuz we needed more voices there" etc, etc...yikes.!
Checkin out the links esp the various esp the computer programs...I came to the conclusion, that by the time I learned how to do all the computer stuff I would be about 110 years old and admiral number to shoot for I'm sure.
So I hit one of the free tabs sites printed up the song corrected any errors...then took out my various harp charts (I keep one for each harp that I have)
I already knew which key I wanted to play it in.. for each tab number I assigned the proper note and noticed one of my harps fit it nicely and I did it up from there. Old school but could do in one session and be done with it ( or spend years trying to figure out the computer stuff it seems)
When all was said and done it turned out to be an E minor natural harp that I could use for the key of G.it's been a couple of times now I could use that harp for a song in G.
Some people already know that stuff in their heads but for me it comparing charts..if some one asked what position I played it in
think I would say ..sitting down mostly...