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Help!Does this instrument exist.

Melodeon 17 Jul 00 - 01:38 PM
Rick Fielding 17 Jul 00 - 01:44 PM
Homeless 17 Jul 00 - 01:48 PM
Homeless 17 Jul 00 - 01:53 PM
Mbo 17 Jul 00 - 02:04 PM
Liz the Squeak 17 Jul 00 - 02:09 PM
Jon W. 17 Jul 00 - 02:28 PM
Mbo 17 Jul 00 - 02:31 PM
Melodeon 17 Jul 00 - 02:37 PM
Mrrzy 17 Jul 00 - 03:28 PM
Mbo 17 Jul 00 - 03:30 PM
kendall 17 Jul 00 - 03:40 PM
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Mrrzy 17 Jul 00 - 04:26 PM
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GUEST,Roger the skiffler 18 Jul 00 - 04:53 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 18 Jul 00 - 06:22 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 18 Jul 00 - 09:28 AM
Fortunato 18 Jul 00 - 09:43 AM
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GUEST,Roger the skiffler 18 Jul 00 - 09:56 AM
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Subject: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: Melodeon
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 01:38 PM

An aquaintance of ours spent some time in the Appalacians and saw a notice that his visit would not be complete without hearing a "Gee haw wibble something or other", (he can't remember the full name). We are relying on the vast knowledge of Mudcatters to allow us to impress this non folkie.

Viv


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 01:44 PM

Can't say exactly what "that" might be, but funny colloquialisms for instruments are rampant. I've heard a musical saw referred to as a Tennnessee Wibble-wobble! Maybe that's headin' in the right direction.....or maybe not.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: Homeless
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 01:48 PM

The references I've seen to an Appalacian "Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle" was as a toy - not an instrument. It was a stick with notches cut along the side and a propeller tacked into the end. You rub along the length of the notched stick with another stick which caused the propeller to turn. Supposedly, by calling out "Gee" or "Haw" you could make the propeller reverse direction.
The whole contraption did make a buzzing noise when being rubbed, but I don't believe that that was supposed to be the main attraction of it.
Incidentally, Gee and Haw are words used to guide donkeys to the left or right when plowing fields.


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: Homeless
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 01:53 PM

Here is a link to a page telling more information about the toy.

I'd really be interested if anyone knows of an instrument with a simiar name.


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: Mbo
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 02:04 PM

Dang! My Algebra teacher used to bring his to class with him, and show it to us. He was from Indiana, and he called it a "Hoosier Stick" and could make the propeller change direction my calling out "Hoosier!"

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 02:09 PM

Someone here really needs help!!

Of all the weird hitty bangy things in our house, that is one I've never come across, and I'm intrigued. It sounds a lot like something I played at school once. A thing like a fizzy pop bottle, but made from a bamboo trunk, it had notches cut along the side and was played with a stick, knife, pen, knitting needle, anything that wasn't going to break, but made a nice sound a bit like a grasshopper....

LTS


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: Jon W.
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 02:28 PM

The change of direction of the whimmy-diddle's propeller is effected by changing the angle that the stick is rubbed on the notches. Shouting a word is just a distraction to mask the sleight-of-hand.

Of all the Appalachian toys I've read about, the one that comes closest to be considered as a real musical instrument is the limberjack - a jointed wooden doll mounted on a springy stick, that can be made to dance by tapping the stick rhythmically. There is also a soundboard of sorts that is struck by the feet of the doll to produce the noise.


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: Mbo
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 02:31 PM

I have one of those too, Jon!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: Melodeon
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 02:37 PM

Thanks very much. We can now not only tell him all about iy but thanks to the blicky we can even show him how to make one of his very own.

Viv


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: Mrrzy
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 03:28 PM

This is a riot. And I didn't know that donkeys knew Gee and Haw, I thought it was only sled dogs. FFTKAT about that, the term MUSH! for driving sled dogs on is an English bastardization of the French MARCHE! - not sure where Gee and Haw come in (Gauche? Is Gee left?) - anyway. Mbo, you can show me this wibbly diddly thing when I come see you... now doesn't THAT sound interesting?


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: Mbo
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 03:30 PM

Sorry Mrrz, I never had one...Mr.Fair (the algebra teacher) did, and he retired in 1998...

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: kendall
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 03:40 PM

horses also respond to gee and haw. A farmer back home had a stubborn horse. He would pull the plow to avoid having his ass whipped, but he would turn any way he wanted to. The farmer was heard to yell "Gee, Gee damn you GEE..ok haw you bastard, it all has to be plowed anyway."


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: jeffp
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 03:58 PM

I still have one of these things that I bought somewhere in Virginia back in Boy Scouts (30+ years ago). I used to carry it around with me when I was doing Civil War reenactments. You'd be amazed at how many "sophisticated" people are totally bamboozled by it! Nice to see I'm not the only one who remembers them!

jeffp


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: Mrrzy
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 04:26 PM

Oh well, Mbo, no wobbly diddles for us on my visit, I guess!


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 07:36 PM

The "Gee-Haw Whimmy Diddle".......fun toy and very cute with kids and adults. I always got a kick out of some folks who can never get the propeller even moving....takes some practice.

The "Limberjacks" are fun toys too. Watched an old guy at the "Museum of Appalachia" a few weeks ago and he had the complete fascination of a large group of kids, including my own who have them. I made and sold stick dulcimers for years and kids and adults used to feel really musical because its so simplistic. I went to a Girl Scout Camp-out one weekend and we assembled about 200 of the damn things in a day....but it was a real kick that evening when we all tried to tune and play Mary's Lamb........atonal certainly, but lots of smiles.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 18 Jul 00 - 04:53 AM

As Blind Blake ( and Leon Redbone, and Paul Jones and others) have said "Won't somebody tell me what Diddy Wah Diddy means").No ,don't, leave me to my fevered imagination.
RtS


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 18 Jul 00 - 06:22 AM

Oh, and Liz, what you have appears to be a guiro, a familiar instrument to elementary music teachers everywhere.


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 18 Jul 00 - 09:28 AM

Liz,Ani, when we were on holiday in St Lucia a couple of years ago the folk duo who entertained us at dinner were playing guitar and "scraper". Sheila was very taken with the "scraper" and asked to try it (She actually said "Can I hold your thing" and had to wait for the ribaldry to die down). The player caled it (phonetic) Guaracha, but I'm sure it's the same instrument. I've sometimes been tempted to buy her one for a joke - we could do kazoo & scraper duets & empty places in half the time!
It was surprisingly effective supplying rhythm to Belafonte-ish songs (but also Woman no Cry and Red Red Wine)
RtS


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: Fortunato
Date: 18 Jul 00 - 09:43 AM

Well here's another source for this gizmo with demo and extra info. If you don't know Mugwumps you're in for a treat. Fortunato

Click here


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: Fortunato
Date: 18 Jul 00 - 09:46 AM

Rats! Doesn't work. Here's the address anyway:

http://www.mugwumps.com/whammy.htm

sorry.


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 18 Jul 00 - 09:56 AM

The one I saw was a proper musical instrument (no propeller) and fatter than the one in Fortunato's link but I guess the principle is the same. It had holes for the fingers to grip with. ( BTW I thought a mugwump was an animal that alway sat on a fence with its mug on one side and its wump on the other)
RtS


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: catspaw49
Date: 18 Jul 00 - 10:15 AM

Hey Skiff......I think you been workin' too hard at the Center.....Check yourself in for a few days R&R.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 18 Jul 00 - 10:18 AM

OK, Boss, you gotcha. I'll be in the Brian Wilson Annexe if you need me
RtS


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Subject: RE: Help!Does this instrument exist.
From: GUEST,Joerg
Date: 18 Jul 00 - 10:14 PM

Roger, the sound of this instrument depends from what holes you close with your finger(s). As the finger position can be changed while playing you can produce some nice effects by this. In German it is called 'Gurke' (cucumber).

Joerg


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