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Playing with a Jug

Posted by artcarnie on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hello,  This is me trying not to be tooo serious!

Ok, I never really played with a Jug in a band before.  So everything I am saying is a guess.  The Techinical term(some thing Scientistains call it) for a Jug is a Lump oscolator or something like that,  meaning that the pitch caint be changed, Unless the space inside gets larger AKA take a drink. Because the pitch can't be changed quickly enough during the song  complex songs like Patty won't you drink some Cider and Lost Indiana, just can't be played.  Stick with easy songs like CouCou Nest and over the water fall and Floppy eared mule or When he carpet matches the drapes.  Start on in the Key of A, slowing moving  to G(Start making some coffee at this point) and if anybody playes in the D key make sure nobody drives home.  Also if I am going to be a complete idiot  only play on the 2 and 4 beat.      

4 comments on “Playing with a Jug”

ChickenMan Says:
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @3:22:11 PM

I don't know that pitch change is all that necessary. Check out the Carolina Chocolate Drops - they use a jug all the time and it is, in effect, a bass drum. I like your "take a drink" theory, and would be happy to test that theory the next time I'm in the company of a demijohn full of spirits and someone wants to play it. I think the breathing used/needed to play it would make most folks light headed in short order - with or without the drinks.

artcarnie Says:
Thursday, February 25, 2010 @9:19:37 AM

Yah, I think your right about the bass drum. CCD is cool witht de jug. And the Breathing in the Key of C would be crazy!

carlb Says:
Sunday, February 28, 2010 @10:12:13 AM

As a fidddler and jug player, I can only say that my jug playing vastly improved after I realized the playing the jug was like playing kazoo. That is, you change the pitch with your mouth, sort of like you sing, and use the jug for a resonance chamber. The lips are pursed like you're playing trombone by the pitches are changed like you're playing a kazoo. You can do runs, play on 2 and 4, play on 1 and 3, and play melodies and harmony parts, too. There are different styles of playing jug as well. Check out the three jug players on the YouTube video:
Presently my favorite jug is a old two gallon kerosine can with a wide mouth opening (had a glass gallon jug with a wide mouth that worked well too). I have in pinch played 2-liter pop bottles, beer bottles, wine bottles, plastic apple cider polyethylene jugs, and probably other ones I don't remember.

artcarnie Says:
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @9:55:14 PM

Thanks Carlb for the non-nonsensical explaination. I can't wait to try it!

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