I heard about this when the local news where my parents live did a story on it. I don’t think this is from that area, it mentions the PA farm show and I’m pretty sure that was held in Harrisburg when I was growing up. I haven’t checked this out but apparently it’s really really funny, if my friends who’ve seen it are any judge.
It’s the ebow, which is this thing here.http://www.ebow.com Lots of people like to mess with it on electric guitar,
which is what it was made for I guess, but there’s some nice stuff on acoustic as well, like this video.
In case you don’t happen to know what a mouth bow is, it’s a bow, looks like a bow from a bow and arrow, that you hold against your mouth. You then pluck or often strike the string, and change the shape of your mouth to obtain different notes. It is in essence similar to a trump/khomus/jew’s harp. They’re found all over Africa and in America, and possibly in some other places. Often they are used to accompany song. This led me to investigate a point, which I’ll get too at the end of this post. For now, have some youtube links with the mouth bow.
A demonstration of a couple American style mouth bows.
Home made mouth bow, probably American. American mouth bows tend to be more flexible allowing pitch bends.
Somebody does some passable throat singing while playing a mouth bow, really nice sustain on the mouth bow.
Nice song with mouth bow!
Some truly awesome African style mouth bow! If you don’t check any other link out, check this one! Singing with mouth bow, and use of at least two different pitch centers for overtones. This brings us very close to my investigation, so listen carefully. Finally, let’s hit something that I actually own, the ghost catcher. This is a little bit more like a guitar or such than a proper mouth bow, but it’s still pretty awesome.
Most of you who read this and have an interest won’t really need it, but I like stuff like this. I’ll have enough trouble muddling through trying to learn the Carter scratch, i.e. the picking style, that I don’t need to waste extra time just figuring out the chords. Sure I’m lazy, you’re just now noticing? Shame on you for being so unobservant.I didn’t know this but apparently all three original members of the group played guitar, and they played in different styles. Homespun has a DVD out I just might have to snag in the near future, since it seems like a fun style to learn. In “Guitar for the Absolute Beginner”, Happy Traum doesn’t introduce it until the third CD, I believe. I’m not sure why, because it seems easier than his two or three finger picking stuff he introduces earlier. Sure the bass runs are harder, doing the melody is tricky, but no reason why he couldn’t start with alternating bass and just build from there. Anyway, here’s chords and lyrics and all that. http://bettylou.host22.com/ Oh and here’s a link to the Homespun DVD, go buy it if you’re interested in this stuff, because it sounds fascinating. They even have a download system now, though I need to look into pestering the makers to see if it can be made screen reader friendly. http://www.homespuntapes.com/shop/product.aspx?ID=550
I assume everybody knows who the Carter Family is, but if not, they were one of the first big popular country music groups. Personally I’d class them as old timy myself, but what the hell do I know? Anyway, here’s lyrics to all their songs.http://www.bluegrasswest.com/ideas/carter.htm
Stork, stork, stork!
Nut hatch, hatching nuts,
Open the mind, if the mind is a nut,
Caesura, hearpe! Old English,
Very old, lost to most,
Oh heron will you skim the waters?
Oh greedy bastard!
Skim the surface, all you know,
Fish on the surface, skinny bony meal! Oh hawk, holding wings steady,
Steady on thermals, no wet feathers,
Wet feathers, hawk flies to ground,
Crash! Crash poor hawk!
Live with your chicks in the mess of bits of meat for a while! O eagle!
Stupid, stupid, stupid bird!
Arrows in one claw, branch in another!
Witless bitch, ken ye what it means at all anywise? Redbreast, Robbin, what do you say of them?
Stupid birds to fly so high, likely to get hurt!
Look, rocks, mountains, if I crash soft grasses! Robbin, redbreast, have you never read Zhuangzi?
Stupid old China man, had a point.
Fish fuck fish, deer fuck deer,
Humans fuck humans, who knows what’s fuckable?
As he said, who fixes the standard of beauty? O birds! You fly, you sing,
Sing we say though ’tis nonsense to us,
Oh stupid twitterings, we pretend!
Be Sigurd, eat heart of dragon,
Win cursed gold and tell me one sensibility of a bird’s song,
Stupid wretch, your father drunk on poison mead! “Strain it through your mustache”,
Did you hear him?
Clearly you heard, and did his command just so,
Fell down dead like a log,
Tell me hero, oh man of might,
Where’s your stupid bird council then?
Now some of you might be shocked. It’s not George Carlin, though he often spoke the truth. It’s not Patton Oswalt, funny as he is. It’s not Lewis Black, and it’s not Mitch Hedberg, as awesome as they are. Herewith, I give you my favorite comedian.