The washboard, as a musical instrument, is more popular than ever before. It’s inexpensive and pretty easy to play. How to Play the Washboard will show you what you need to know to reach for washboard stardom—even if you’re not an experienced musician.
In this book, you’ll find information about buying a washboard, choosing an implement for playing it, and ideas about fitting your board out with accessories and noisemakers. You’ll find out which washboard players, past and present, you should be listening to. Finally, you’ll find dozens of patterns written out in an easy-to-read box format that will allow you to accompany songs in an array of styles, including jazz, blues, rock, and even Latin. Experienced drummers will learn how to play the traditional forms; everyone else will just learn how to have fun scraping, scratching and tapping.