Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Making music with waste?

As an amateur musician, people often tell me how much they would love to have learnt a musical intrument when they were a child.

Well, it's never too late...and it doesn't have to cost a fortune. Forget the price of an instrument or music lessons...why not learn to play the cups! What's even better is that you can reuse yogurt pots or other plastic containers - great for those of us slimming our bins.

We're late in discovering this musical style (we do live in rural Wiltshire after all) but Daughter had a very happy week recently, teaching herself the cups. She'd spent the previous week trying to convince me that she 'needed' a tablet (the computery kind) in order to be able to play some particular computer game or other, so it was refreshing to see that a plastic cup could provide that much entertainment.

Here's one of her performances (not too polished as one of the cups skids out of control in the middle, but is successfully recovered), playing along to one of the Youtube videos she learnt from (that's not us singing!):


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4 comments:

  1. That was great! While she was playing, I thought about the many possibilities that different materials of both cups and surfaces could provide.

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    1. Endless possibilities, but I have to say, it does become a little irritating to listen to after a while and if you're not in the mood...

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  2. First of all, tell your daughter that that was fantastic! A musical future, perhaps?
    Secondly, I've never heard of this before. It has a nice percussion sound. And am I to gather that this is indeed a percussion instrument elsewhere?! I learn something new every day!

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    1. I have passed on your praise. I really admired the way she set to and taught herself. She saw someone doing it at her school. From the Youtube videos it looks as though it's a craze that's been around for some time, and is a staple at summer camps in the US; I thought it might be very old hat for you guys over there and your kids might know all about it but clearly not!

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