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    Sometimes I'd like to take a lead break on something other than my rhythm instrument (piano or guitar). Here are two possibles:

    1) whistling



    2) scatting (break starts at about 1:25)




    Not sure about tap dancing. (starts about 2: 00)


    Last edited by pogo97; 02-15-2018, 10:00 AM.
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  • #2
    I find harmonica pretty easy or at least easy enough to be good enough. But I have thought of breaking out the spoons.
    Cheers Steve

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    • pogo97
      pogo97 commented
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      I like that phrase: "easy enough to be good enough." Important concept!

  • #3
    I scat - albeit in strange alien phonemes. Melodica is good too. I used a long surgical tube so I could play it flat on top of the keyboard; none of this in performance. For that I stick to drums.
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    • pogo97
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      Do you ever do that scatty rap mouth noises thing? (I suspect there's a name for it.) Like
      Last edited by pogo97; 02-15-2018, 12:43 PM.

    • 1001gear
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      Beat box? Nah. Real pitches and (kopff) melody. This is serious stuff. First you imitate guitar and then synths and sax and before you know it you have destroyed all your enunciation just to get to the notes. Forget looks and presence - unless you were homely to begin with.

  • #4
    There's always kazoo...

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    • #5
      Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
      There's always kazoo...
      Never, ever. Seriously, ***NEVER*** play Kazoo in public if you value your musical life.

      I know this from bitter experience. I was accompanying/duoing with an excellent but aged (my age, now) singer and I hoped to get her to take some of the breaks, so I gave her a gold-plated kazoo for her birthday. She was a quick study and quickly became the best horn player in town. But people were horrified and embarrassed, thought she had lost her marbles, and it ruined her stage creds.

      I think kazoo is cool, though I need both hands to play it properly. And if I ever need to ruin my reputation as a musician and a sane human being, I'll take one out on stage.
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      • Voltan
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        luckily, ive never entertained that sanity nonsense...

    • #6
      Originally posted by steve mac View Post
      But I have thought of breaking out the spoons.
      Ah, musical spoons. Mastering the musical spoons is as simple as learning to put them away.
      Last edited by pogo97; 02-15-2018, 12:51 PM.
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    • #7
      Cowbell easy to find them. I had got one from a farmer who found it in his barn. Took the clanger out and wrapped it with a little bit of electrical tape.

      Who needs a Kazoo when you can use a comb and wax paper.
      My Grandfather taught me that one when I was about 5 (1964)!

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      • pogo97
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        And if you have braces on your teeth, you only need the wax paper.

    • #8
      Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
      There's always kazoo...
      Kazoo is a gateway instrument. First it's kazoo, then banjo and then ACCORDION!!!

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    • #9
      Nose trumpet. I've heard a guy do this. Hands to his face, fingers on his nose, mic in his mouth, and he sounded much like a muted trumpet. Of course, you still have to take your hands to work.

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      • #10
        Originally posted by Notes_Norton View Post
        Nose trumpet. I've heard a guy do this. Hands to his face, fingers on his nose, mic in his mouth, and he sounded much like a muted trumpet. Of course, you still have to take your hands to work.

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        Last edited by pogo97; 02-20-2018, 10:23 PM.
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        • #11
          I just spent ten minutes looking for a *good* tutorial on clapping -- how to get a strong pleasing clap sound for clapping with music. Couldn't find one! Found how clap fast, how to clap on 2 and 4 and a lot of junk. Help me !!!! (please)
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          • #12
            cup your hands!
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            • #13
              I was in Spain for a month, and the people in Andalusia can teach you a lot about hand clapping!!!

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              • #14
                'weightless lead'...only in space...
                "We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties due to reality fluctuations. The elves are working tirelessly to patch the correct version of reality. Activities here have been temporarily disabled since the fundamentals of mathematics, physics and reason may be incomprehensible during this indeterminate period of instability. Normal service will be restored once we are certain as to what 'normal' is."

                Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally used up and worn out, shouting '...man, what a ride!'
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                • pogo97
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                  During this tour, the cover for the band's debut album met with controversy. At a 28 February 1970 performance in Copenhagen, the band was billed as "The Nobs" as the result of a threat of legal action from aristocrat Frau Eva von Zeppelin, descendent of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin creator of the Zeppelin aircraft, over use of the 'Zeppelin' name.[1] Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page commented to the music newspaper Melody Maker that Frau Eva von Zeppelin initially took issue during an early Led Zeppelin concert performance in Copenhagen in October 1969, when she tried (unsuccessfully) to stop a television appearance. The aristocrat angrily described the group as "shrieking monkeys".[2]

                  As a gesture of good will, the band invited her to meet with them at a television studio. The meeting was apparently a cordial one.[2] However, upon leaving the studio, her anger reignited when she saw the cover of the group's first album – the exploding Hindenburg aircraft. As Page recalled:

                  When she saw the cover she just exploded! I had to run and hide. She just blew her top.[2]

                  Frau von Zeppelin felt the band's use of Zeppelin was insulting and dishonoured her family name. As a result, hostility toward the rock group continued on their next tour of the country in early 1970 by threat of a lawsuit, unless they agreed to change their name while working there. While Peter Grant (the band's manager) was not normally passive when faced with a confrontation, it was decided to appease the aristocrat by temporarily changing the group's name.

                • daddymack
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                  had they been from the US, they would have just said 'talk to our legal department'...

              • #15
                I would think an instrument made of lead would be heavy! There's some good vids on youtube on how to play small percussion instruments. I'm thinking of getting a tambourine with the skin.
                BD

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