The laundry as a musical instrument: The Washboard

by Shopify API April 12

The laundry as a musical instrument: The Washboard

La washboard, laundry or washboard it is another percussion instrument that is born through people brought as slaves to USA. It is done with the intention of making rhythms, an accompaniment to sing the music born of the soul.

The laundry is practically a table designed to wash clothes by hand, it is an ancient artifact and you had one in each house, you could (and you can) make at home It is only wood and a sheet of metal that is textured to be able to wash clothes well.

This peculiar instrument was discovered in the United States thanks to the african people They were brought as slaves. The owners of the plantations banned all kinds of drum for fear that they would communicate with each other from farm to farm and there was a kind of revolt.

The need to do music of this oppressed people was so much that they took everyday things, artifacts that were at hand to make music, of course, this was what It happened in Peru with the Peruvian drawer. These people took vases, spoons, ropes and a bathtub to make a double bass, and of course ... the washboard.

The washboard is one of the few instruments that born in the united states and well, when used by people of color, it was used more in music like blues, jazz dixieland, zydeco and cajun.

Something nice about this peculiar instrument is that it can be adapted at needs and abilities of each percussionistFully Customizable.

How do you play

Well, the laundry can be used standing if you have a leash or sitting, to produce a loud sound metal thimbles, spoons, or brushes are used of battery although these last ones will produce a more tenuous sound.

We have two types of sound on "Tap"And"Dear"

Tap

"tap"can be translated as"tap"or a gentle blow and exactly this is to give a soft blow with our thimbles on the metal plate.

Dear

"Dear" It translates as drag so this blow is done dragging our thimbles from top to bottom or vice versa. We will hear how small blows sounding one after the other in a quick way.

I leave you with a brief explanation of Carlos Nuñez de Les Luthiers He has made his own version of the laundry.



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