the guitar is a tambourine with a ton of different pitches
May 13, 2020 11:11 AM   Subscribe

The holy trinity of tambourine according to musician Jack Stratton of funk band Vulfpeck
1. Sandra Crouch (tambourine solo queued up)
2. Jack Ashford
3. Norman Whitfield
Also in the Holy Trinities series:
Minimalist Funk Arrangers
(Rhythm) Guitar posted by spamandkimchi (13 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
 
Nile Rodgers: "I'm not a three chord rock guy, I'm a two chord disco guy"

right, two chords
posted by thelonius at 11:26 AM on May 13 [3 favorites]


Vulfpeck (and Cory Wong) is my #1 favorite musical discovery of the past year. I've watched / listened to this little Joe Dart, Cory Wong, & Chris Thile instrumental jam, "Dean Town" dozens and dozens of times and it still makes me smile.

Last month they dropped this delightful video of "3 on E" with Antwaun Stanley revealing "the special sauce to get you out your seat."
posted by straight at 11:40 AM on May 13 [1 favorite]


Needs more cowbell tambourine.
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:57 AM on May 13


I've watched / listened to this little Joe Dart, Cory Wong, & Chris Thile instrumental jam, "Dean Town" dozens and dozens of times and it still makes me smile.

well you got the reference, right?
posted by thelonius at 12:02 PM on May 13 [2 favorites]


Heh. This was good.

I saw Francesco Turrisi with Rhiannon Giddens when they came through town last year, and at one point in the show he wryly said, "My goal tonight is to get you to accept the tambourine as a legitimate instrument."

He's pretty good.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 12:31 PM on May 13 [6 favorites]


Somebody just turned me onto Vulfpeck the other day and I watched their MSG show in full and I am now a fan. So much joy.

Also it amazes me that a band I'd never heard of can sell out MSG but then I read how they did it and word of mouth travels far, I guess. I mean I'm a fan of Phish and they can hold festivals with 100,000 people while being completely off everyone else's radar.
posted by bondcliff at 12:50 PM on May 13


 Francesco Turrisi

He is quite good! Seems to be playing it somewhere between Persian daf style and a bodhran.
posted by scruss at 2:55 PM on May 13 [1 favorite]


Seems to be playing it somewhere between Persian daf style and a bodhran.

Not coincidentally, he plays a daf on I'm on My Way and a few other songs. At the show we saw, he explained all of his tambourines and other frame drums, including the daf. I only had passing familiarity with some of them, so it was as informative as it was musically awesome.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 3:04 PM on May 13 [1 favorite]


Thanks a lot. I thought about brazilian music right away, and then search for pandeiro : I found this, and wondered : who is this guy ? He's got a youtube channel, and breaks down a number of rhythms.
posted by nicolin at 4:04 PM on May 13 [3 favorites]


well you got the reference, right?

No, I don't get any of Vulfpeck's references except that they sound like all the best bits from the most upbeat and cheerful TV show music from my childhood. Which is why I'm delighted by videos like these where they give shoutouts to some of the giants whose shoulders they're standing on.

I mean I've certainly heard "I Want You Back" and "Le Freak" but I didn't know the names Sandra Crouch or Nile Rogers but I'm a lot richer now.
posted by straight at 12:20 AM on May 14 [2 favorites]


See also

Bruce Langhorne

Example: V
posted by y2karl at 5:37 AM on May 14


On a side note, Tambourine is even a game here (South of France).
posted by nicolin at 8:29 AM on May 14 [2 favorites]


Needs more cowbell tambourine.

Check out the cowbell-player's restraint on Vulfpeck's Beastly. "Exactly the right amount of cowbell."
posted by straight at 1:31 PM on May 14 [1 favorite]


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