Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Folk Music Center: Heaven on Earth

erhus (I did a google search for "Asian stringed instrument" to figure out what this one is called!)
percussion instruments that look and croak like frogs

Music and other cultures are two of my favorite things in the world. The Folk Music Center puts both in one heavenly store. Every time that I walk through the front door of the Folk Music Center, it takes me at least an hour to walk back out because it is jammed, crammed, packed full of instruments from everywhere.

cultures + music = Folk Music Center --> happy Christie

Click on this picture to spy into the store to see drums and stringed instruments from all over!
Ironically, the instrument that I always end up playing first is the least international of all – the banjo. I know two chords. Well, if the banjo is properly tuned, you simply have to strum to play a G-chord, so I guess I only really know one chord.

If you're ever in the area and want to try your hand at dozens (hundreds?!) of instruments, let me know and I will bring you with me! Be warned that it will not be a short visit. And you will have to hear a horrid, two-chord banjo solo.

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