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26 March 2013, 18:16
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Jazz Up Your Washboard

Do-it yourself bells and more for your musical washboard.

Two washboards assembled togetherWhen I first started to play the washboard there wasn’t much information to be found on the web about how to add extra sounds to a washboard. Since I don’t live in an area full of renown washboard players to try and learn from, but am not to shabby at doing stuff myself, I decided to make a page explaining how I had put a cymbal or bell on my board. It (Jazz Up Your Washboard) used to be posted on a different website but for reasons too long to get into I closed my account over there and moved the page here (to this blog).

However I should warn you that there are as many ways do do this as there are washboard musicians…

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26 September 2010, 13:11
by Rattlebrained
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Show Me Your Washboard!



This is a series of 20 short videos from YouTube user tambourine21 that more or less show 19 washboards from the Jug Band Fes(T?) 2007 in, I guess, Tokyo Japan (You can move from one to another with the right – left scrolling arrows).
“I guess” because the info is in Japanese, a language I unfortunately do not read or speak, “more or less” because not all the videos really show the player’s washboard and 19 because one of them is a spoon player.

Hardly anyone actually plays their board

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22 September 2010, 18:48
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Cutoff Washboard

my cutoff washboardI had been thinking about cutting down the Columbus zinc washboard I use for playing electric blues because of the fact that these days I mostly end up playing sitting at the drum set. And the old National 801 brass board I use for playing with friend Dave’s acoustic blues is slightly shorter than the Columbus and the more I switch between them, the more I notice how nice it is to have that little bit of extra space above the thighs, freeing up my legs for drumming. But I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to go about it, keep the wood logo plank for knocking or not, until last Sunday that is… You can see how I was directly inspired by Washboard Jackson’s washboard in the video below!

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10 May 2010, 22:10
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Bulldog Blues @ The Red Turtle

As I’ve probably already written here, I’m finally comfortable with my washboard playing enough to begin working on my nonexistent drum technique. Plus having a snare drum these last two months has also put more pressure on getting some decent bass drum action. So it’s been practice, practice and practice some more which may have been okay if I hadn’t overdone it; but I did; Thursday an unexpected pain in the knee added a high octane dose of anxiety to my stage fright. Still there is never much choice, if you can get out of bed than there it is…

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29 December 2009, 12:47
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Wooden Washboard From Sierra Leone

Wooden washboard from Sierra Leone

A friend recently brought back and gave me this African washboard from a trip to Sierra Leone. As you can see it’s a wooden board with the shape and profile sawed out. It is so rough that I can’t imagine washing cloths with it but perhaps they sand it down before using it or maybe it’s first used for heavy duty stuff and then as the wood gets smother, finer garments. Perhaps…

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8 July 2007, 21:10
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Busking in Bern

Dave, his son and myself went to play some Blues in the streets of Bern yesterday morning. It was the first time I’ve ever busked and because the news has recently been filled with articles about the growing amount of beggars in swiss cities, the fact that many pretended to be street musicians and what the authorities where doing about it, I was a bit worried. Especially since I felt that Dave wasn’t about to be bothered by any official regulations. Not that there is really any risk here, a fine perhaps, but I guess my tendency is play by the rules which means knowing them, which I didn’t…

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24 June 2007, 22:31
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Primped or "au naturel"?

dave-s washboardWe played last night for the private party of an aerodrome club in nearby France. It was fun even if I still drag along a feeling of not playing well enough for the rest of the band. Uselessly stressful and probably somewhat the cause of my not playing as well as I can in a relaxed setting. Something to work on in any case.

Since I would like to do some street playing with Dave…

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22 April 2007, 22:24
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Crouzet-Migette

When we passed into France yesterday, the customs officer looked into the car and could see that it was filled with bizarre stuff like cymbals, drums and guitars. Anything to declare? Dave says: “No, not at all, we’re going to play a concert at the bistrot in Crouzet-Migette this evening”.
“You know where Crouzet-Migette is?” he asked…

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16 April 2007, 21:50
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Messing Around, an Organic Blues Band

Regular readers know that for the last year and a half I have been teaching myself how to play the washboard.
Although I have a good enough sense of rhythm, learning the basics and keeping it steady yet flowing have become the daily challenge, all the more since playing in public with Messing Around, an Organic Blues Band is slowly becoming a regular thing. That said, I have been having tremendous fun with this both because rhythms are addictive, and because I am free to jazz up my board however I want.

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24 January 2007, 17:49
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Washboard In The Corner

About two years ago my life was considerably changed by sheer chance: I was asked to replace the rhythm guitarist in a blues trio for a gig in a local bar. Having not touched my guitar in more years than I care to say and with only had two weeks to get ready it was a crazy idea. But my friends, bless them, were insistent and playing music with other people a life long dream so…

It was a disaster waiting to happen…

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