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The Prune Juice Blues - Cecil Scott And His Washbord Band - Harlem Washboard and frottoir from Cajun French "frotter", to rub are used as a Various - Serpentine EP instrumentemploying the ribbed metal surface of the cleaning device as a rhythm instrument. As traditionally used in jazzzydecoskifflejug bandand old-time musicthe washboard remained in its wooden frame and is played primarily by tapping, but also scraping the washboard with thimbles.
Often the washboard has additional traps, such as a wood blocka cowbelland even small cymbals. Conversely, the frottoir zydeco rubboard dispenses with the frame and consists simply of the metal ribbing hung around the neck. It is played primarily with spoon handles or bottle openers in a combination of strumming, scratching, tapping and rolling.
The frottoir or vest frottoir is played as a C + C Music Factory - Anything Goes! percussion instrument, often in a band with a drummerwhile the washboard generally is a replacement for drums. In Zydeco bands, the frottoir is usually played with bottle openers, to make a louder sound.
It tends to play counter-rhythms to the drummer. In a jug band, the washboard can also be stroked with a single whisk broom and functions as the drums for the band, playing only on the back-beat for most songs, a substitute for a snare drum. In a four-beat measure, the washboard will stroke on the 2-beat and the 4-beat.
Its best sound is achieved using a single steel-wire snare-brush or whisk broom. However, in a jazz setting, the washboard can also be played with thimbles on all fingers, tapping out much more complex rhythms, as in The Washboard Rhythm Kingsa full-sized band, and Newman Taylor Baker.
There are three Prune Juice Blues - Cecil Scott And His Washbord Band - Harlem Washboard ways of deploying the washboard for use as an instrument. The second, used by European players like David Langlois of the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, Ben Turner of Piedmont Bluz, and Stephane Seva of Paris Washboard, is to hold it horizontally across the lap, or, for more complex setups, to mount it horizontally on a purpose-built stand. Washboards, called " zatulas ", are also occasionally used in Ukrainian folk music.
The washboard as a percussion instrument ultimately derives from the practice of hamboning as practiced in West Africa and brought to the new world by African slaves. This led to the development of Jug bands which used jugs1000 Mal Vergessen - The Offenders - Xand washboards to provide the rhythm. The frottoiralso called a Zydeco rub-boardis a midth century invention designed specifically for Zydeco music.
It is one of the few musical instruments invented entirely in the United States and represents a distillation of the washboard into essential elements percussive surface with shoulder straps. Clifton's brother Cleveland Chenier famously played this newly designed rubboard using bottle openers. Likewise, Willie's son, Tee Don Landry, continues the traditional hand manufacturing of rubboards in his small shop in Sunset, Louisianabetween Lafayette and Opelousas.
Tony is referred to as "The Canadian Washboard King". His percussion set-up was created by Douglas Fraser, of the same band. The washboard set-up was seen in Modern Drummer magazine, August edition. His playing can be heard on the group's legendary self-titled Elektra recording from Katz's washboard approach is notable as he plays the instrument horizontally.
Additionally, Katz uses fingerpicks instead of thimbles. In their earliest Cellophan Train - Chain Of Command - Extreme Unction as The QuarrymenThe Beatles were a skiffle band, featuring Pete Shotton on washboard.
During their early years, Mungo Jerry frequently featured washboard on stage and on record, played by Joe Rush. Jim "Dandy" Mangrumlead singer of Southern rock band Black Oak Arkansasis well known for incorporating the washboard into many of the band's songs, notably "When Electricity Came to Arkansas".
Cody Dickinson, a member of hill country blues bands the North Mississippi Allstars and Country Hill Revue plays an electrified washboard on a self-written track, "Psychedelic Sex Machine". The song is almost entirely centered around the sound of the washboard, captured by a small clip-on microphone.
The sound is then sent through a wah-wah and other effects pedals to create a fresher, more innovative Prune Juice Blues - Cecil Scott And His Washbord Band - Harlem Washboard up-to-date sound for the washboard. A frottoir is played with a stroking instrument usually with spoon handles or a pair of bottle-openers in each hand.
In a 4-beat measure, the frottoir will be stroked 8 to 16 times. It plays more like a Latin percussion instrument, rather than as a drum. The rhythms used are often similar to those played on Guiro. Actor Deryck Guyler was well known for his washboard-playing skills. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Blues washboard. This article is about the musical percussion instrument. For the tool used to wash clothing, see Washboard laundry.
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