How to Play the Spoons

Appalachian musician and multi-instrumentalist David Holt provides a primer on how to play spoons.



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Hold the implements this way when you're learning how to play spoons.
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The basic spoons roll involves banging the scoopers against the four digits-from index to pinky-of an outstretched hand.
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David makes a "galloping horses" effect by curling the middle finger of his free hand under and hitting this digit on each downward stroke.
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LEFT: By knocking the utensils back and forth between his hand and his mouth and varying the "O" formed by his lips, David can produce a whole range of musical tones. CENTER: Holt produces a drum roll effect by running the spoons down his short. RIGHT: Mr. Holt finishes a maneuver in which he hits the two spoons against his left hand, left leg, right leg, and left foot.
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Holt's High-Flying Spoon Showstopper!
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