Tag Archives: à la française

Del & The Rad Rompers’s Shane Del Robles

Shane Del Robles—the “Del” of Del and the Rad Rompers—plays a nice solo here at the beginning of “Lulu’s Back in Town.” He’s playing a fully-rigged board deployed à la française that appears to include a pie tin and a … Continue reading

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Stéphane Séva teaches how to play the board

Skilled French washboardiste Stéphane Séva here posts a very useful tutorial on basic washboard technique. He’s using a fully-rigged board deployed à la française, and he focuses on the earliest kind of jazz beat used by those of the Baby … Continue reading

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Shane Del Robles

This is a nice version of “Summertime” by a band which appears to have no name. Shane Del Robles is doing the honors here on a board set up much like that of David Langlois of the Blue Vipers of … Continue reading

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Waschbrett

I don’t know who this German dude is, but his board (played à la française) is loaded up with every conceivable gadget and accessory: a splash cymbal, a tiny little china cymbal, an afuche, a ratchet, a slapstick, and a variety of other devices–and … Continue reading

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The Beyond Quartet’s Newman Taylor Baker

I don’t even know what to say about this. Newman Taylor Baker has a lot of videos up on YouTube in which he plays washboard. His standard setup appears to be a MaidRite board played  à la française with shotgun shells … Continue reading

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The Prostatic Jazz Band’s Jean Maurer

It would appear at first glance that Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise is taking a break from the pennywhistle and trying his hand at the washboard, but this is Jean Maurer of the Prostatic Jazz Band. He starts … Continue reading

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Les Jazzticots’ Deborah Tropez

This is one of my favorite washboard performances. Deborah Tropez is a French percussionist who specializes in early jazz styles. She can play note-perfect versions of the early tunes, and her washboard skills are amazing. She can sing, too. Les … Continue reading

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