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STORM EXPLANATION

BELIEF, BELEIVED STRONGLY BY MY INFORMANT'S MOTHER IN KENTUCKY
'DONT PLAY A STRINGED INSTRUMENT DURING A STORM, IT'LL DRAW
LIGHTNING.'

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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FAVORITE INSTRUMENT

BUTTON ACCORDIAN

Submitter comment: AT ANY FESTIVITIES OR CELEBRATIONS THE MEN WOULD PLAY THE ACCORDIAN.
STILL TO DATE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument

Date learned: 00001930S ; 02-16-1980

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THE BONES

THE BONES ARE A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT. THEY LOOK LIKE RIB BONES
AND ARE ABOUT 6 INCHES LONG. A GUY WOULD PLACE THREE OF THEM
BETWEEN HIS FINGERS AND CLICK THEM TOGETHER TO MAKE SOUNDS.

Submitter comment: THE BONES COME FROM INDIANA AND WERE FOUND ANYWHERE THERE WAS
MUSIC. THEY WERE USUALLY CURVED, BLACK IN COLOR, AND USED TO KEEP
TIME THE WAY WE USE A DRUM TODAY. THE INFORMANT SAID THAT SOME
PEOPLE WERE SO GOOD AT IT THAT "YOU COULD TELL WHAT SONG HE WAS
PLAYING JUST FROM THE BONES."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Music
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

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UKRAINIAN FOLK INSTRUMENTS

THE BANDURA, RESEMBLING A SMALL GUITAR, IS THE MAIN FOLK
STRINGED INSTRUMENT. OFTEN IT IS USED BY GROUPS OF MEN
PERFORMING TRADITIONAL UKRAINIAN FOLK AND LOVE SONGS.
THE VIOLIN, SKRYPKA, TAMBOURINE AND THE FLUTE, SAPILKA,
ARE SOME OF THE MORE COMMON FOLK INSTRUMENTS USED BY
UKRAINIANS.

Submitter comment: DETROIT, CHICAGO AND TORONTO FREQUENTLY HAVE PERFORMANCES
BY GROUPS PLAYING THE BANDURA.

Where learned: NEW JERSEY ; PASSAIC

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument

Date learned: 00001960S

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TAMBURITZA IS THE FOLK MUSIC OF THE AREA NOW KNOWN AS
YUGOSLAVIA. THE TAMBURITZA ORCHESTRA IS COMPOSED OF FIVE
STRING INSTRUMENTS CALLED THE PRIMA, BRACH, CHELO,
BUGARIJA, AND BASS. THE PRIMA IS EQUIVALENT TO THE SOPRANO AND
ALTO VOICES OF A CHOIR. ALONG WITH THE PRIMA, THE BRACH
PLAYS MELODY AND HARMONY, BUT IT HAS A DEEPER SOUND EQUIVALENT
TO THE TENOR AND BASS VOICES. THE CHELO PLAYS A COUNTER-
MELODY, AND THE BUGARIA AND BASS COMPRISE THE RHYTHM SECTION.
IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA, SEVERAL ORCHESTRAS HAVE
BEEN ORGANIZED, ESPECIALLY AMONG THE YOUTH. MOST OF THE
CHILDREN'S GROUPS BELONG TO THE CROATIAN FRATERNAL UNION
JUNIOR CULTURAL FEDERATION. THE FEDERATION HOLDS YEARLY
FESTIVALS IN WHICH ALL OF THE ORCHESTRAS MEET AND PERFORM
TOGETHER. ADULT GROUPS HOLD YEARLY EXTRAVAGANZAS FOR THE
SAME PURPOSE.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument

Date learned: 00001977CA

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Parade

In the Luzwick family, after each child was potty trained, the
members of the family had a parade to celebrate the child's
accomplishment. They used toy instruments, and traveled the house
cheering for the successful child.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument
SPEECH -- To Be Heard

Date learned: 00001971ca

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Music

The article studies three historical traditions of the banjo, the folk, minstrel popular, and classical.

Traditions of the banjo are characterized by:

a) The ways in which knowledge of the banjo was transmitted.

b) Closeness of the performer or craftsman to his audience or clientele

c) Self-perceived relation between the craftsman or musician to other crafstmen or musicians.

Exact origins of banjo unknown. Possible from West Africa with slaves.

Earliest banjo was made from a gourd.

Frets introduced in the 1860's and 70's

Peak of development (quality) in 1920's

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: ; The Physical Development of the Banjo ; New York Folklore Quarterly

Keyword(s): Audience ; Banjo ; Classical ; Craftsman ; Folk ; Fret ; GOURD ; HISTORY ; Instrument ; Minstrel ; MUSIC ; Origin ; Performer ; Slaves

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wood Gourd
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument

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Grass Whistle

Made by placing blade of grass between thumbs and blowing.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument

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STORM EXPLANATION

DON'T PLAY A STRINGED INSTRUMENT DURING A STORM, IT'LL DRAW
LIGHTNING.

Submitter comment:

BELIEF, BELIEVED STRONGLY BY MY INFORMANT'S MOTHER IN KENTUCKY.

Data entry tech comment:

SPELLING CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Musical instrument
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control P890.7

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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