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Washboard Buskers
Washboard Buskers 'Travelin' Broke'
DATE: 2014/08/24::
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How to play the washboard
How to play the washboard
DATE: 2008/10/23::
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Washboard banjo & kazoo Washington Square Park  (Tequila Minsky)
Washboard banjo & kazoo Washington Square Park (Tequila Minsky)
DATE: 2012/05/03::
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Doing the washing using a Washboard
Doing the washing using a Washboard
DATE: 2011/03/13::
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David Holt and the Lightning Bolts: Washboard
David Holt and the Lightning Bolts: Washboard
DATE: 2008/05/06::
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Mountain Music- washboard rhythm and percussion
Mountain Music- washboard rhythm and percussion
DATE: 2010/09/12::
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The Washboard Union - Some Day - official music video
The Washboard Union - Some Day - official music video
DATE: 2015/06/22::
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A lesson with Washboard Chaz
A lesson with Washboard Chaz
DATE: 2014/01/10::
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Banjo and Washboard Duet
Banjo and Washboard Duet
DATE: 2010/10/25::
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Washboard Rhythm Kings  1933
Washboard Rhythm Kings 1933
DATE: 2009/02/25::
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The Washboard, with Dave Fox
The Washboard, with Dave Fox
DATE: 2010/09/27::
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"Apogee MiC" "Apogee Electronics" "Apogee Recording" "Aquarian Drum Heads" "washboard"
"Apogee MiC" "Apogee Electronics" "Apogee Recording" "Aquarian Drum Heads" "washboard"
DATE: 2012/07/09::
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THE WASHBOARD.  PART 3 - HOW TO PLAY IT, by Michael Paine
THE WASHBOARD. PART 3 - HOW TO PLAY IT, by Michael Paine
DATE: 2010/11/06::
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THE WASHBOARD - PART 1  by Michael Paine
THE WASHBOARD - PART 1 by Michael Paine
DATE: 2010/09/02::
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Washboard Chaz teaches washboard technique
Washboard Chaz teaches washboard technique
DATE: 2009/08/03::
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Washboard Worship
Washboard Worship
DATE: 2015/06/10::
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Five Best Exercises for Washboard Abs
Five Best Exercises for Washboard Abs
DATE: 2014/06/03::
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Washboard Abs
Washboard Abs
DATE: 2013/02/01::
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AMAZING WASHBOARD SOLO!!! -  Prague, Czech Republic
AMAZING WASHBOARD SOLO!!! - Prague, Czech Republic
DATE: 2010/11/20::
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Washboard Sam - Soap And Water Blues
Washboard Sam - Soap And Water Blues
DATE: 2012/11/20::
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Mister Maid Rite washboard player
Mister Maid Rite washboard player
DATE: 2011/04/29::
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Cody Dickinson Electric Washboard Solo 2012-05-04 Beale St. Music Festival
Cody Dickinson Electric Washboard Solo 2012-05-04 Beale St. Music Festival
DATE: 2012/05/06::
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Wash board :Jean Maurer, avec Just swing
Wash board :Jean Maurer, avec Just swing
DATE: 2012/06/28::
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Washboard Rhythm Kings - Hummin
Washboard Rhythm Kings - Hummin' to myself
DATE: 2009/09/13::
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Live at KX 94.7 The Washboard Union - Someday
Live at KX 94.7 The Washboard Union - Someday
DATE: 2015/05/12::
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Washboard Band does Robert Johnson in New Orleans
Washboard Band does Robert Johnson in New Orleans
DATE: 2011/04/27::
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WASHBOARD CLOTHES WASHING AND CLOTHESLINE DRYING.
WASHBOARD CLOTHES WASHING AND CLOTHESLINE DRYING.
DATE: 2011/11/23::
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Washboard Chaz Blues Trio at the Spotted Cat in New Orleans
Washboard Chaz Blues Trio at the Spotted Cat in New Orleans
DATE: 2012/02/17::
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The 7 Best Ab Exercises
The 7 Best Ab Exercises
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Washboard Serenaders
Washboard Serenaders
DATE: 2008/04/27::
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Washboard Chaz Trio - I
Washboard Chaz Trio - I'm Just A Fool -Brivio (Italy) 2010
DATE: 2011/01/04::
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Washboard Sam - Diggin
Washboard Sam - Diggin' My Potatoes
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Grayson Capps - Washboard Lisa
Grayson Capps - Washboard Lisa
DATE: 2010/07/16::
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Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, @ Doin
Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, @ Doin' Bad
DATE: 2011/10/06::
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Washboard Hank The Washboard Boogie
Washboard Hank The Washboard Boogie
DATE: 2011/06/22::
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Alicia washing on a washboard
Alicia washing on a washboard
DATE: 2009/09/06::
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Washboard Worship
Washboard Worship
DATE: 2015/04/10::
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"i
"i've got a feeling i'm falling" - banjolele and washboard
DATE: 2014/04/04::
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It Ain
It Ain't Gonna Rain No More - Washboard Hank
DATE: 2008/01/01::
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Folk Rhythms-Learn to Play Spoons, Bones, Washboard and more!
Folk Rhythms-Learn to Play Spoons, Bones, Washboard and more!
DATE: 2010/11/07::
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Quick At Home Washboard Abs Routine
Quick At Home Washboard Abs Routine
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Wash Board Lissa in New Orleans, LA
Wash Board Lissa in New Orleans, LA
DATE: 2010/09/30::
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Spring Street Ruckus - WIPE OUT!
Spring Street Ruckus - WIPE OUT!
DATE: 2006/12/28::
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washboard-beats
washboard-beats
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WASHBOARD CHAZ BLUES TRIO @ Louisiana Music Factory JazzFest  2007
WASHBOARD CHAZ BLUES TRIO @ Louisiana Music Factory JazzFest 2007
DATE: 2007/11/06::
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22 mars 2012. Paris Washboard Live
22 mars 2012. Paris Washboard Live
DATE: 2012/09/26::
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Orchestra Washboard (Lieve Hugo) - langa bere
Orchestra Washboard (Lieve Hugo) - langa bere
DATE: 2011/01/30::
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Washboard Laurence - speed metal solo
Washboard Laurence - speed metal solo
DATE: 2013/12/17::
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The Star Spangled Washboard Band - "The 9th Breakdown
The Star Spangled Washboard Band - "The 9th Breakdown
DATE: 2014/10/24::
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Washboard Lesson 17
Washboard Lesson 17
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This article is about tool for hand washing. For the process of developing ruts in a gravel or dirt road, see Washboarding.

A washboard is a tool designed for hand washing clothing. With mechanized cleaning of clothing becoming more common by the end of the 20th century, the washboard has become better known for its originally subsidiary use as a musical instrument.

The traditional washboard is usually constructed with a rectangular wooden frame in which are mounted a series of ridges or corrugations for the clothing to be rubbed upon. For 19th-century washboards, the ridges were often of wood; by the 20th century, ridges of metal were more common. A "fluted" metal washboard was patented in the United States in 1833. Zinc washboards were manufactured in the United States from the middle of the 19th century. In the late 20th century and early 21st century, ridges of galvanized steel are most common, but some modern boards are made of glass. Washboards with brass ridges are still made, and some who use washboards as musical instruments prefer the sound of the somewhat more expensive brass boards. One of the few musical instruments invented entirely in the United States is the Zydeco Frottoir (Zydeco Rubboard), a distillation of the washboard into essential elements (percussive surface with shoulder straps) designed by Clifton Chenier and built by Willie Landry in 1946.

Washboard used for laundry[edit]

A 20th-century glass washboard

Many parts of the world use washboards for washing clothes. Clothes are soaked in hot soapy water in a washtub or sink, then squeezed and rubbed against the ridged surface of the washboard to force the cleansing fluid through the cloth to carry away dirt. Washboards may also be used for washing in a river, with or without soap. Then the clothes are rinsed. The rubbing has a similar effect to beating the clothes and household linen on rocks, an ancient method, but is less abrasive.

Washboard as a musical instrument[edit]

A washboard (left) and a piano player
A washboard and player

The washboard and frottoir (from Cajun French "frotter", to rub) are used as a percussion instrument, employing the ribbed metal surface of the cleaning device as a rhythm instrument. As traditionally used in jazz, zydeco, skiffle, jug band, and old-time music, the washboard remained in its wooden frame and is played primarily by tapping, but also scraping the washboard with thimbles. Often the washboard has additional traps, such as a wood block, a cowbell, and even small cymbals. Conversely, the frottoir (zydeco rubboard) dispenses with the frame and consists simply of the metal ribbing hung around the neck. It is played primarily with spoon handles or bottle openers in a combination of strumming, scratching, tapping and rolling. The frottoir, also called a Zydeco rub-board, is a mid-20th century invention designed specifically for Zydeco music. It was designed in 1946 by Clifton "King of Zydeco" Chenier, and fashioned by Willie Landry, a friend and metalworker at the Texaco refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. Clifton's brother Cleveland Chenier famously played this newly designed rubboard using bottle openers. Likewise, Willie's son, Tee Don Landry, continues the traditional hand manufacturing of rubboards in his small shop in Sunset, Louisiana, between Lafayette and Opelousas.[1] The frottoir or vest frottoir is played as a stroked percussion instrument, often in a band with a drummer, while the washboard generally is a replacement for drums. In Zydeco bands, the frottoir is usually played with bottle openers, to make a louder sound. It tends to play counter-rhythms to the drummer. In a jug band, the washboard can also be stroked with a single whisk broom and functions as the drums for the band, playing only on the back-beat for most songs, a substitute for a snare drum. In a four-beat measure, the washboard will stroke on the 2-beat and the 4-beat. Its best sound is achieved using a single steel-wire snare-brush or whisk broom. However, in a jazz setting, the washboard can also be played with thimbles on all fingers, tapping out much more complex rhythms, as in The Washboard Rhythm Kings, a full-sized band, and Newman Taylor Baker.

Busking on a washboard.

There are three general ways of deploying the washboard for use as an instrument. The first, mainly used by American players like Washboard Chaz of the Washboard Chaz Blues Trio and Ralf Reynolds of the Reynolds Brothers Rhythm Rascals, is to drape it vertically down the chest. The second, used by European players like David Langlois of the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn and Stephane Seva of Paris Washboard, is to hold it horizontally across the lap, or, for more complex setups, to mount it horizontally on a purpose-built stand. The third (and least common) method, used by Washboard Sam and Deryck Guyler, is to hold it in a perpendicular orientation between the legs while seated, so that both sides of the board might be played at the same time.

In British Columbia, Canada, Tony McBride, known as "Mad Fingers McBride", performs with a group called The Genuine Jug Band. Tony is referred to as "The Canadian Washboard King". His percussion set-up was created by Douglas Fraser, of the same band. The washboard set-up was seen in Modern Drummer magazine, August 2014 edition.

Musician Steve Katz famously played washboard with the Even Dozen Jug Band. His playing can be heard on the group’s legendary self-titled Elektra recording from 1964. Katz reprised his washboard playing on Played a Little Fiddle, a 2007 recording featuring Steve Katz, Stefan Grossman and Danny Kalb. Katz's washboard approach is notable as he plays the instrument horizontally. Additionally, Katz uses fingerpicks instead of thimbles.

Steve Katz

During their early years, Mungo Jerry frequently featured washboard on stage and on record, played by Joe Rush.

Jim "Dandy" Mangrum, lead singer of Southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas, is well known for incorporating the washboard into many of the band's songs, notably "When Electricity Came to Arkansas."

Cody Dickinson, a member of hill country blues bands the North Mississippi Allstars and Country Hill Revue plays an electrified washboard on a self-written track, "Psychedelic Sex Machine". The song is almost entirely centered around the sound of the washboard, captured by a small clip-on microphone. The sound is then sent through a wah-wah and other effects pedals to create a fresher, more innovative and up-to-date sound for the washboard. A frottoir is played with a stroking instrument (usually with spoon handles or a pair of bottle-openers) in each hand. In a 4-beat measure, the frottoir will be stroked 8 to 16 times. It plays more like a Latin percussion instrument, rather than as a drum. The rhythms used are often similar to those played on Guiro.[citation needed]

St. Blues makes the Woogie Board an electric washboard instrument.[2]

Actor Deryck Guyler was well known for his washboard-playing skills.

There is a Polish traditional jazz festival and music award named "Złota Tarka" (Golden Washboard).

Washboards, called "zatulas", are also occasionally used in Ukrainian folk music.

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Chronology of the Washboard in Music, by Chuck Wilson

External links[edit]

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