This page is dedicated to the glory of the musical washboard.
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Dear Modern Washboarder,
Would you recommend a spiral or wavy rubbing surface? I have never played a washboard before, so have absolutely no idea about either. Thanks, I’ve enjoyed the site.
To my mind, it’s six of one, a half-dozen of the other. The real difference in tone seems to come from the metal that the surface is made of. Stainless steel has a brighter sound; galvanized sounds darker and fatter.
Thanks for the information. I have gone with a spiral, galvanised ‘board after closely watching my favourite players on Youtube.
I’m Joanma from Barcelona, Catalunya, and I’m trying to begin with the washboard. The problem is, here are only 2 o 3 people who play it, and in the other side, not a place where to buy. I have seen some shops online, but like a absolut beginner, I’d like to ask you for an adviice. A web would be great, and if you now some videos to learn it will be the most similar thing to a teacher I can get.
Anyway, thanks a lot!
I am a beginner also and in same situation. Right now I am watching washboard videos of styles I really enjoy and have made two washboards to practice with – standard sized and lingerie model. Since bluegrass and New Orleans music is new to me I am discovering popular songs which I like to play along with. So the answer is practice to music you really enjoy!
I represent a new product – http://www.StiknPik.com I just received this note from a washboard player who bought Stik n’ Pik. I’m just contacting you to see if you may be interested in checking it out.
Thanks for sending the stik n pik so promptly. I play the washboard but always had a problem keeping the metal thimbels from flying off my fingers at critical moments. I tried several different products and nothing worked very well until I tried stick and pik. The best thing about using stiknpik is that it is easy to apply and doesn’t leave your hands feeling sticky. I frequently switch to playing hand drums and can just pull of the thimbles and hit on the drum without messing up my drum top. Thanks for creating a great product.
Ron Blake Guitars
Got it. Thanks!
The washboard player is marcus lennie banjo picks and shotgun shells
This guys set-up, sound, style and performance is one of the best I’ve seen. What is that odd shaped copper bell on lower right?
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