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Dani 12 May 02 - 08:32 PM
Bill D 12 May 02 - 09:06 PM
artbrooks 12 May 02 - 09:11 PM
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Sorcha 12 May 02 - 10:54 PM
GutBucketeer 12 May 02 - 11:40 PM
alison 13 May 02 - 12:28 AM
Genie 13 May 02 - 04:32 AM
Nigel Parsons 13 May 02 - 05:41 AM
Dave Bryant 13 May 02 - 05:44 AM
Nigel Parsons 13 May 02 - 05:51 AM
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Subject: best tunes for kazoo choir
From: Dani
Date: 12 May 02 - 08:32 PM

Having just introduced a group of pre-teens to the joys of the kazoo, I need some good tunes to get the choir really rolling. We started with some easy classics, and I'd like to build a repertoire. ]

Aficionados? What're your favorite folk/jug/jazz tunes for kazoo?

And, at the risk of hurting your feelings by assuming y'all are as weird as I am, has anyone done this before? Didn't Jen do something with the kids at the FSGW Getaway one year?

Dani


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Bill D
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:06 PM

"Fox on the Run"...

one of the funniest routines I've ever seen was the Dry Branch Fire Squad doing it on kazoos...


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: artbrooks
Date: 12 May 02 - 09:11 PM

Colonel Bogie March


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Robin2
Date: 12 May 02 - 10:02 PM

"MacNamara's band", with Kazoos for the "band break"

"Mr. Sandman" is a hoot on kazoos in harmony.

We've done "Lollypop" on Kazoos, and it's great fun!

Robin


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Sorcha
Date: 12 May 02 - 10:54 PM

You Are My Sunshine???


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 12 May 02 - 11:40 PM

Mama don't allow. A duck may be somebody's mother. The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeeze.

JAB


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: alison
Date: 13 May 02 - 12:28 AM

Glenn Miller classic "In the mood".... brilliant with various sections standing up and down for "sax / trombone" breaks etc....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Genie
Date: 13 May 02 - 04:32 AM

Well, ArtBrooks mentioned Colonel Bogey, so let me offer my favorite kazoo piece, which is The Stars and Stripes Forever. I do this solo every July 4th, usually to overwhelmingly positive response (if you include laughter as positive)!

Naturally, as a soloist, I have to do all the parts. I can easily imagine this piece being done to great effect with at least two parts (one for the piccolo part) and maybe three, four, or a whole band. Try it. I think you'll like it!

Genie


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 13 May 02 - 05:41 AM

Are GutBucketeer & Genie on the same wavelength ?
IIRC "A duck may be somebody's mother" is "Stars and Stripes Forever"


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 13 May 02 - 05:44 AM

OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY.
As far away as possible !


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 13 May 02 - 05:51 AM

The version of "A Duck" which is sung at Scout campfires in the UK varies from that in the DT, and follows.

A DUCK MAY BE SOMEBODY'S MOTHER

O be kind to your web footed friends,
For a duck may be somebody's mother,
It lives all alone in the swamp,
Where the weather is cold and damp.
Well you may think that this is the end,
Well it is, but to prove that I'm a liar
We'll sing the whole song again,
But only this time, alittle higher!


Repeat, (following a key change) for as many times as the voices in use can move upward. Once the song leader decides it is time to stop, he conducts, and cuts the song dead at "You may think that this is the end, well it is."
Tune Stars and Stripes Forever (Sousa)


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Mr Red
Date: 13 May 02 - 05:58 AM

"Breath With Me"?


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: GUEST,selby
Date: 13 May 02 - 10:07 AM

As a founder member of the Windy Bottom Kazoo Ensomble there are many tunes that fit and there was a good thread about it all earlier but I dont know how to find it. We loved As she sings in the Valley Below with a bird warbler providing the bird bit. Hope you have as much fun as we did go for it and make what you do your own keith


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: lady penelope
Date: 13 May 02 - 03:44 PM

Wagner comes over well with massed kazoos. Think ..flight of the Valkyrie etc. Quite a lot of classical does rather well come to think of it. Eine kleine Nacht Musik, the 1812 overture, Beethoven's Pastoral. If you can get one lot to do the bass line, Karmina Burana gets pretty impressive.

On the other hand I have heard Nirvana's "Smells like teen spirit" done to rather amazing effect.

Think BIG

TTFN M'Lady P.


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: lady penelope
Date: 13 May 02 - 03:47 PM

Wagner comes over well with massed kazoos. Think ..flight of the Valkyrie etc. Quite a lot of classical does rather well come to think of it. Eine kleine Nacht Musik, the 1812 overture, Beethoven's Pastoral. If you can get one lot to do the bass line, Karmina Burana gets pretty impressive.

On the other hand I have heard Nirvana's "Smells like teen spirit" done to rather amazing effect.

Think BIG

TTFN M'Lady P.


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: lady penelope
Date: 13 May 02 - 03:50 PM

Wagner comes over well with massed kazoos. Think ..flight of the Valkyrie etc. Quite a lot of classical does rather well come to think of it. Eine kleine Nacht Musik, the 1812 overture, Beethoven's Pastoral. If you can get one lot to do the bass line, Karmina Burana gets pretty impressive.

On the other hand I have heard Nirvana's "Smells like teen spirit" done to rather amazing effect.

Think BIG

TTFN M'Lady P.


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: MMario
Date: 13 May 02 - 03:55 PM

"thus spake Zarathustra"


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Mountain Dog
Date: 13 May 02 - 03:59 PM

Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra" can be by turns alarming and gut-wrenchingly funny when done by a full kazoo chorus (imagine an adenoidal Portsmouth Sinfonia at the height of allergy season and you'll begin to get a feeling for the effect...) "Flight of the Bumblebee" seems a natural, too. And for a finale (assuming the audience allows you to get through your first several number, of course), consider "Hall of the Mountain King".

Above all, have fun and play with gusto!


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: MMario
Date: 13 May 02 - 04:19 PM

'Anitra's Dance!' yes!


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 13 May 02 - 04:39 PM

'The Stripper' works pretty well too, or that lovely sliding glissando upwards at the beginning of 'Turn back, O man' from Godspell.

Two or three doing 'Hey big spender' has proved hilarious on occasions but the best has to be 'Duelling Kazoos' as heard at Stony Stratford during the raffle draw.

LTS


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Dani
Date: 13 May 02 - 05:21 PM

Whew! Great! Keep 'em coming.

I was just asked if my "band" will play at a church service in June. We're reaching, now.

Funny you should mention Miller, et al. Turns out one of these kids, who's never played one before, has a great gift for improvisation, and a keen ear for harmony and timing. Will love to find some things he can riff on!

Dani, ever grateful for the true Mudcat spirit


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Mountain Dog
Date: 13 May 02 - 11:58 PM

Don't forget "Louie, Louie"!


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: lamarca
Date: 15 May 02 - 05:23 PM

One of my fondest junior high school memories (of which there aren't many - junior high is my definition of hell) was the trip all of us in the orchestra made to the high school orchestra that we would join the following year.

Mrs. Wilkie, who was my favoritest orchestra teacher ever, had carefully rehearsed the high school players, so that when all us ninth graders came into the rehearsal room, we were serenaded with Bach's Third Brandenberg Concerto on kazoo, with each section doing the appropriate part. It was wonderful!


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Dani
Date: 15 May 02 - 07:26 PM

Wonderful!

Mountain Dog, "Louie, Louie" was the FIRST tune I taught them. I was introduced to the kazoo while living near (then in) Philadelphia at the time of the "Louie, Louie" parades. THOUSANDS of people, playing "Louie, Louie" in unison.

It was probably a takeoff on the Mummer's parades, and a real hoot. No pun intended. Anyone remember this besides me? There was a whole group from the kingdom of Fa, represented by the Fa-King String Band.

Now that I'm remembering it all, I'm wondering if I'm imagining it. Can anyone help me out here?

Dani


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 16 May 02 - 06:53 AM

The last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony - but as stated in previous posting - nowhere near me !


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: artbrooks
Date: 16 May 02 - 08:11 AM

Now, if you are willing to expand your instrumental horizons a bit, any of the masterpieces mentioned above is WONDERFUL when played upon the nose flute.


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 16 May 02 - 09:12 AM

more than one person doing the can-can tune, is good.

FRom one of the members of the Stony Stratford Kazoo band

E


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Micca
Date: 16 May 02 - 09:37 AM

Dani, I have a coupla of (very short) mpegs, with sound, of the "Windy Bottom kazoo ensemble" detailed above by Selby. PM me with an e-mail addy if you want them. The Ensemble were WONDERFUL, using a swanee whistle and a bubbling bird caller( the kind with water in it) as counterpointers , Hilarious!!!!!


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: GUEST,The kazooist
Date: 13 Aug 10 - 02:06 PM

well, i have always enjoyed playing good old Christmas tunes like jingle bells or deck the halls. I love playing the KAZOO!!!


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Jack Campin
Date: 13 Aug 10 - 03:01 PM

Penderecki's "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima".


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Aug 10 - 03:27 PM

The Grateful Dead's "Ripple" is a song that just cries out for a kazoo. Melanie is a 1960s artist who recorded a number of songs that work well with a kazoo - there was something about her voice that matched a kazoo perfectly. I'd think a lot of Bette Midler songs would be the same.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Splott Man
Date: 16 Aug 10 - 03:50 AM

Smoke on the Water

The guitar solo from Ho Ho Silver Lining.

Whole Lotta Love.

Anything by Metallica!


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Subject: RE: best tunes for kazoo chorus
From: Nathan in Texas
Date: 16 Aug 10 - 07:46 AM

San Francisco Bay Blues

I Love Onions


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