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At the risk of seeming immodest, I’d like to take a moment to plug my recent tome on how to play the washboard. It’s titled, appropriately enough, How to Play the Washboard, and I would like to think that it does a decent job of introducing the newbie to the world of washboarding.

Ten dollars (cheap!) on Amazon!



From the back cover:

You’re not alone any more!

Until now, aspiring washboarders have had to teach themselves how to play the instrument, listening to scratchy old records and trying to figure out what the washboard player was doing. They pretty much had to make it up as they went along.


How to Play the Washboard is the book aspiring washboard players the world over have been waiting for. In these pages, you will find all the information you need to know when setting out on your washboard journey:

  • Buying a washboard
  • Fitting out your rig for playing
  • What to use as a playing implement
  • Washboarders to listen to, both past and present
  • How to annoy your bandmates as little as possible

The beginning washboard player will find dozens of patterns that can be put to immediate use:

  • Shuffles
  • Jazz beats, both modern and old-school
  • Rock beats
  • Latin patterns, just in case
  • The blues rumba
  • Exercises to build proficiency and independence

It’s so straightforward that if you have a washboard handy, you can start playing today.

How to Play the Washboard will set you on your way to stardom–or whatever passes for stardom among washboard players.

Remember: it’s a real instrument if you do it right.


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