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Virtuoso Finger Drummin'

Knuckles in the house - make some noiiiiise!
 
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Sit 12 speedy (yet muscial) secretaries round a table. Compose them some fast and flowing rhythms that they can tap out using a set arrangement of their 10 fingers.

One and a one, and a one, two, three, FOUR!....

...tap-tap-tap-tap, tapitapitapitapi, taptap-tap tap-tap tapitty-tap TAP tap TAP tappity-tap TAP!!!

If you're feeling really adventurous, you could make a whole concerto by giving your secretaries different surfaces: wood, plastic, marble, IBM keyboard, or bowls of wobbly jelly!

monkeyseemonkeydo, Mar 17 2003

STOMP http://www.stomponline.com/
[krelnik, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

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       When I was in Madrid about 25 years ago, groups of Spaniards would walk home from the bars in the wee hours of the morning improvising virtuoso group clapping performances. I don't recall hearing any of this when I was there last year.
beauxeault, Mar 17 2003
  

       STOMP: The Tabletop Edition.
krelnik, Mar 17 2003
  

       <frustrated drummer trapped inside a pianist's body> And how come only secretaries get to join the fun? I want to play, too. </fd>
beauxeault, Mar 17 2003
  

       heh heh, I'm picturing a mini STOMP puppet show with dust bin lids, clogs, etc on their finger tips.
RockHopper, Mar 17 2003
  

       Sounds a lot like 'The Typewriter' by Leroy Anderson. A catchy little tune with a single typewriter operator accompanying an orchestra. Includes keys, the bell and carriage returns to be done properly.
tappity tappity tap tap tap. tap tap taptap tappity tap 'ding' 'schhhhhhht'
reap, Mar 17 2003
  

       Throw some sand on the table and do a softshoe...er...finger!
Cedar Park, Mar 17 2003
  

       add some visual interest with a little mud pit for indecent thumb wrestling on the side.
shouldbeworkin', Mar 18 2003
  

       [Trying to picture 12 speedy muscial secretaries. For some reason, in my mind, they all look like blissmiss.]
DrCurry, Mar 18 2003
  

       I walk past a drum shop on the way to/fro work. More often than not, I see the attendant through the window, drumming his fingers on the shop counter.
Jinbish, Mar 18 2003
  

       There's actually a recording that I heard called "Postal Workers Cancelling Stamps at the University of Ghana Post Office" It's very similar to what you are talking about. These guys whistle and cancel the stamps with thuds in an amazing rhythm. It's incredibly musical.
wan-fu, Mar 18 2003
  

       Wow. I'd like to hear that, wan-fu. Where did you find it?
snarfyguy, Mar 18 2003
  

       [snarfyguy]: Sorry for late reply. I haven't been really been checking up on stuff since I'm on break and all. Anyways, I'm not really sure where you can get the recording. I heard it during a seminar class. Maybe you can try to file share it from someone who has it? I don't know about that though because I doubt that it's a very popular piece.
wan-fu, Mar 30 2003
  
      
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