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Old 07-03-2010, 06:30 PM
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Default Everyday objects as percussion instruments

Obviously "inspired" by the Zildjian frying pan thread, post your real life or fantasy percussion instruments made from everyday objects.

Here's a clip to encourage the creative juices!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9nGyPz9uT0
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Old 07-03-2010, 06:56 PM
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At the hospital, where I work, we have supplies in plastic tote and boxes that we schlepp around all day. When played with the fingers and hands there are some great sounds coming from them. I can march the corridors and produce most bass and snare, tom sounds.
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In Benny Greb's DVD he explains all sorts of weird things you can use and do to a kit.

The obvious ones are putting towels on the heads and cymbals to mute them as well as putting two crashes together as hats etc.
And then he suggested using vinyls on the snare to create a 'house, back-beat sound', he used a whisk, bottles of water and so on. I got bored a while ago and did indeed try the whisk idea and it didn't sound too bad!
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Old 07-03-2010, 08:38 PM
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The steering wheel, the dash board, the dog, the counter tops, any table, the floor, the couch, boobs, a lamp, the wall, my chest, my thighs, the refrigerator.....

What ISN'T in danger?!?
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boobs, What ISN'T in danger?!?
That, I've got to try! Got any sound clips? (notice, for the preservation of decorum on this forum, I neglected to ask for video evidence)

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i hit pillows with sticks quite often. Makes a nice thud sound.

tried playing ziploc containers one time, they broke.
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That, I've got to try! Got any sound clips? (notice, for the preservation of decorum on this forum, I neglected to ask for video evidence)
No sound clips, but it's kind of a 'slappy sound'. I suppose it depends on whether they are bass boobs or high boobs.
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At some of my shows at bars, I wander out to the audience during a jam and create music from whatever is there. Glasses, bar tops, table tops, chairs...I can solo on just about anything. If there are a lot of people drinking at a table, I'll use all their glasses, figure out a pitch or two on each one, and play melodic stuff. It always gets a great reaction from everyone.
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At some of my shows at bars, I wander out to the audience during a jam and create music from whatever is there. Glasses, bar tops, table tops, chairs...I can solo on just about anything. If there are a lot of people drinking at a table, I'll use all their glasses, figure out a pitch or two on each one, and play melodic stuff. It always gets a great reaction from everyone.
That's pretty cool Jon. One of these days I'm going to catch you at Molly Maguires. When are you playing there next? Do you play Steel City also?
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The mouse organ reminds me of this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHXBL6bzAR4#t=4m23s

Some of my favourite everyday percussion instruments:

The rails on my work building's lifts (like two notes of a muted vibraphone)
Water cooler bottles (conga-ish)
Dashboard (pretty ordinary but I get to jam with the blinker)
Large plastic vitamin container (nice little bongo)

As a rule, if it resonates, it's fair game.
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:13 PM
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The mouse organ reminds me of this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHXBL6bzAR4#t=4m23s

Some of my favourite everyday percussion instruments:

The rails on my work building's lifts (like two notes of a muted vibraphone)
Water cooler bottles (conga-ish)
Dashboard (pretty ordinary but I get to jam with the blinker)
Large plastic vitamin container (nice little bongo)

As a rule, if it resonates, it's fair game.
Loving the cat stuff. As an engineer, I can relate to that. Great vibrato technique!

Jon, your improv audience solos sound really cool. Might have to steal that idea. Not easy in a rock environment, but I'll think of something.
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The steering wheel, the dash board, the dog, the counter tops, any table, the floor, the couch, boobs, a lamp, the wall, my chest, my thighs, the refrigerator.....

What ISN'T in danger?!?
Boobs? All the other things I kinda understand, but boobs... are they best supported or unsupported? big or small? yours or somebody elses?

Edit sorry KIS, only got as far Groovy's post and had to respond, didn't realise you already had
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That's pretty cool Jon. One of these days I'm going to catch you at Molly Maguires. When are you playing there next? Do you play Steel City also?
We actually just played there last Friday...not sure when the next time is, but I'll let you know. I did one acoustic show at Steel City...not sure if/when it'll happen again, but I'm always willing.
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:28 AM
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Default Re: Everyday objects as percussion instruments

Here are some real ones used by musicians.

1) Striking a propane tank. (make SURE that it is empty first)

2) Striking brake drums (not while they are on the car)

3) Samples taken while striking a large stainless steel salad bowl.

4) Striking a brass flywheel from a tape recorder.

5) The sound of a basketball hitting the floor in a gym. This is sampled tuned and triggered.

Here are a few that I know are cool but never used.

1) The bell housing from an engine/transmission. Many are aluminum and ring real loud.

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