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Old Time Banjo
I Got A Bullfrog
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How To Play the Spoons
How to Play the Jaw Harp
"The Roots of Mountain Music"
Music Mentors and Friends

- 123 year old Susie Brunson taught me to play the washboard. She said this was the only instrument they had in the black community of Bamberg, SC when she was a little girl in the 1870s. Susie was very insistent that most of the rhythm was made with tapping rather than scraping.
(See my Folk Rhythms Video for instruction).

This is a Zinc King Lingerie model from the 1920s (the size of the washboard does not improve the sound). I have a hollowed out 2"x4" attached to the bottom for the woodblock and an old Civil War drinking cup for a variety of rhythmic sounds. Thimbles on your index and middle fingers tap out the rhythm.
(Hear it on the I Got A Bullfrog CD)

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