The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Stick

September 26, 2014


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I was first introduced to the “ugly stick” on the north coast of Newfoundland. ShareCropperMike’s video below gives a good demo of the beat maker.

Music is something that lives. IT is created by the instrument, the player and most importantly, the way the player draws the music out of the instrument. This requires timing, beat and touch. The ugly stick is a simple instrument which when well played, like spoons, can create an enjoyable beat and atmosphere.

Bottle caps, a boot and a ribbed bow = an ugly stick. Leave it to Newfoundlanders. They are a rather rhythmically inclined people.


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