October 20, 2006

Keytard Day, Pt. 1...

by Chris Randall

The world's whitest "solo," played on the world's second whitest instrument. I hear polyrhythms are the next big thing.



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Oct.20.2006 @ 3:06 PM
Did some further thinking and came up with: #4 Harmonica, #3 Fiddle #2 Banjo and #1... the Jew's Harp.

Anyone think that can top that?

boing boing boing boing-boing boing


Oct.20.2006 @ 3:15 PM
Banjo has it's origins in Africa and has a rather funky cousin in Turkey named the cumbus. I'm not saying it hasn't been thoroughly demelatoninized in this nation, but I think that these mitigating factors should knock it out of the top 4.

What about bagpipes? Originally from India, but there's nothing funky about Scotland.


Oct.20.2006 @ 3:41 PM
the harvestman
I don't know man, I've seen some black dudes rock a Casio AZ-1 pretty hard.

Although, that was 20 years ago...


Oct.20.2006 @ 4:37 PM
The banjo may have had it's origins in africa but i think the question was what the whitest instrument is... and i think most people will agree with me on this- when i hear a banjo the only thing i think of is Deliverance and the state of mississippi, not africa. :)

Oct.20.2006 @ 4:57 PM

Oct.20.2006 @ 6:22 PM
Man, I can't believe this one was overlooked, especially given the redneck keytard...


C'mon, SQUEAL!


Oct.20.2006 @ 6:49 PM
Chris Randall
I dunno. I can get pretty funky on a banjo, not to mention the fact that it was a staple of ragtime and early blues, which was 100% black. And there's some absolutely steaming Tom Waits tracks with banjo, "Gun Street Girl" for example. And Tom Waits is the white man's Howlin' Wolf, after all.

And harmonica? Two words for that: Little Walter.

I stick by the Omnichord. I absolutely defy anyone to play something even approaching anything that could be loosely described using the words "funk" or "soul" with one of those.



Oct.20.2006 @ 11:02 PM


I would shit my pants if someone could prove that polka was anything but a white invention.


Oct.21.2006 @ 2:24 AM
I can only assume that the people who keep mentioning the accordion in this thread have never heard any gypsy or eastern european accordion players. There is a pretty well known gypsy band called taraif de haidouks that has a great accordion player. Also Neshko Neshev, the accordionist who plays with Ivo Papasov, wails more than anyone else I have ever heard play any keyboard instrument, imho. Nothing to do with polkas at all.

The banjo came to america from africa.

There are variants of the jews harp all over the world. I have heard recordings of tuvans doing some crazy shit with jewsharps.

There is a lot of great early delta blues played on the fiddle. There is a widely available collection called "violin, sing the blues for me" and a lot of other stuff you would have to look for. It was edged out as a blues instrument by the electric guitar, which became widespread long before the electric violin (for what some might say are obvious reasons.)

I have to admit that the bagpipe is a pretty good contender, even though I like bagpipes.

The autoharp is also a good contender. I used to think that ws a totally useless instrument, but I got hold of an old one, ripped all of the chord levers off of it, and used it to play prepared autoharp as a percussion instrument. We called it the manual harp. you can get some great sounds out of it if you prepare it right, but it's not nearly as loud as a prepared piano, so its hard to amplify in a live setting.


Oct.21.2006 @ 3:42 AM
> What about bagpipes? Originally from India, but there's nothing funky about Scotland.

I give you the recently departed Rufus Harley, the world's only jazz bagpiper

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And as a Scotsman I'm furiously indignant about the "nothing funky about Scotland" comment. I just can't come up with a counterexample right now.

+1 to the Omnichord, by the way


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