The Percussion Plus PP1082 Vertical Washboard
This vertical Percussion Plus washboard is for anyone as reading music is not a requirement, you just need the enthusiasm to make it! Simply drag your dominant hand across the board for the strong beats, and tap with your other hand in-between to create your first pattern. You can also use wooden spoons or drum sticks to create different sounds, whichever suits your style best.
The purposefully simple frame of the vertical washboard allows you to customise in any way. With the addition of horns, tin cans, cymbals and whistles, you can really make this instrument your own.
The Percussion Plus washboard is the perfect addition to any folk ensemble. Whether you are a professional bluegrass ensemble or a budding new skiffle band, this instrument will add a variety of fun sounds and rhythms. It is also extremely sturdy, whilst also being light enough to comfortably support with the strap whilst playing.
Play it your way
The strap provided makes it easy to play in its natural, vertical position - using simple up and down movements to create your rhythm. However, it can be played in a variety of other ways, such as held in the crook of one arm or held between the knees while sitting. The choice is yours!
For those who prefer a more tactile approach to playing the washboard, we have provided a set of 6 thimbles to scrape and tap with. You may choose to use sticks or brushes, all of which creates a different sound. It's all down to personal preference and your own style of playing - have fun with it!
The included strap can be adjusted to be suited and comfortable for any player. A simple, sturdy design, it perfectly supports the board whether you are playing standing or sitting.
Playing the washboard as a percussion instrument is believed to have derived from the practice of "˜hamboning"™, which came to America from West Africa. This involved rhythmic dancing and chanting as well as beating out rhythms. The use of washboards as percussion instruments has continued and is seen in genres such as folk and bluegrass.