Art of Spoon Playing

Hey! It's Yunus here form Yunus Blog and this is going to be a very interesting article because we are taking a look into the art of SPOON playing. You drink soup with what? SPOON! You make music with what? Guitar! NO! You both drink soup and make music with: SPOON!

Spoon playing caught my interest a while ago when I was searching music on youtube and after watching some amazingly beautiful American Folk music, I ended up watching someone playing spoons. Then I dug deeper and found out that even in my country (Turkey) it is a very traditional instrument actually. If someone told me spoons were not only for eating, I would say how?
I mean you can carve a watermelon with it but MUSIC?

So here are TOP three videos I picked for you guys to watch to understand how it sounds and works:

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What is the origin though?

"Spoons can be played as a makeshift percussion instrument, or more specifically, an idiophone related to the castanets. They are played by hitting one spoon against the other." according to this Wikipedia page.

American folk music 

In the United States spoons as instrument are related with American society music, minstrelsy, and container and fit groups. These melodic classes utilize other ordinary items as instruments, for example, the washboard and the container. Notwithstanding normal silverware, spoons that are joined at the handle are accessible from instrument providers. 

English folk music 

As percussion, spoons go with fiddle playing and other people sets. A model is seen in Midsomer Murders Series 6, scene 2, where Detective Sergeant Gavin Troy plays the spoons at a local gathering joining a fiddle player who is engaging the visitors. He utilizes the main strategy. The visitors additionally contribute percussion by hand applauding in time with the music. 

The melody "This Old Man" alludes to a related idea, aside from with sheep bones (henceforth paddywhack) rather than spoons. 

Canadian folk music 

In Canada, the spoons go with fiddle playing in Québecois and Acadian music. Additionally, Newfoundland and the Atlantic Provinces famously play the spoons at family get-togethers. Playing the spoons in Western Canada is firmly identified with the Métis culture. 

Greek folk music 

The spoons in Greece, as a percussion instrument are known as koutalakia (Greek: κουταλάκια), which implies likewise, spoon. The artists hold the wooden koutalakia, to go with an assortment of thumps their move rhythms. The a large portion of them, are flawlessly etched or painted. 

Russian folk music 

Spoons are frequently utilized in ethnic Russian music and are known as lozhki. The utilization of spoons for music dating at any rate from the eighteenth century (and presumably more established). Regularly, at least three wooden spoons are utilized. The raised surfaces of the dishes are struck together in various manners. For instance, two spoons are held by their handles in the left hand, and the third, held in the correct hand, is utilized to hit the two spoons in the left hand. The hit, in a sliding movement, creates a run of the mill sound. One can likewise hold three spoons in the left hand and put a fourth into the bot or the pocket. A fifth spoon is then held in the correct hand and used to hit the other four. At last, one can hold the bowl of a solitary spoon in the left hand and hit it with another spoon. In this style, various sounds can be discharged by holding the bowl pretty much firmly. 

These wooden spoons are normally utilized in exhibitions of Russian people music and here and there even in Russian ensembles. A video of an ensemble playing out a Russian people melody with spoon and balalaika backup can be found beneath.

Turkish folk music






Kaşık (spoon) is a Turkish and Uzbekistan percussion instrument. The ones produced using boxwood are especially preferred. There are likewise extraordinary holding styles. 

The handle of one is taken between the long finger and ring finger, fingertips into the sunken part, The Concave piece of the subsequent spoon is inclined toward the base of the thumb in a consecutive situation with the principal spoon. This is the most mainstream strategy utilized for the most part with two spoons in each hand, hands up, moving. Shutting the clench hand conflicts the sets of spoons to one another. At times the tips of the spoon handles in either hand are brushed against one another to get an alternate sound. 

The handle of one spoon is held by the ring finger, thumb, and pointing finger, the handle of the other spoon is put behind the ring finger, however within the little finger and the long finger in a consecutive situation with the primary spoon. The ring finger works like a pivot and assists with holding the two spoons. catching the fingers delicately makes the spoons hit one another. This holding style is basically equivalent to holding plate of mixed greens spoons for single hand serving; aside from this reason the spoons ought not be consecutive. 
The two spoons are kept down to back on either side of the correct hands forefinger, the tips of the spoon handles are held softly with the little and ring fingers the spoons are then hit down to the leg, up to within the left hand, left thumb and pointer hold gently and let the two handles sneak past to get a few spoon sounds in one up down development, spoon tips are permitted to skirt a few remaining hand fingers or overlap of the left sleeve to get a monotonous roll. This is the most mainstream technique when sitting. 

The left hand holds spoons as in the main style, a third spoon is pushed under the tie of the watch, and the correct hand holds the fourth spoon. This is utilized when sitting.

Sources: Wikipedia & Youtube

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