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Ooh, Look, Culture

Wow. Bush can play gamelan, too.

According to BBC, "Mr Bush briefly tried to play a saron - an Asian-style xylophone - but said: 'I'm going to quit while I'm ahead.'"

Note to Bush: it requires a bit of concentration and actual attention, but is really not that difficult. I've taught this instrument to less talented students before. It requires a stay the course approach, something you may be familiar with. Of course, your first problem is probably conceiving your musical progress as a competition. You're getting off on the wrong foot there.

Note to BBC: a xylophone is made of wood, but the keys of that saron are made of metal. That means, it's not a xylophone but an instrument that looks slightly similar. Both are idiophones, which means that their sound is created by vibration of the material that is struck. But they are made of different materials and have rather different timbres.

Source: BBC | Bush to deliver key policy speech

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Blogger amy7252 said . . .

Both are idiophones...

But neither are idiot-phones, like a certain president who recently tried to play one.

Oops, did I say that out loud? ;)    

3:23 PM, November 16, 2006

Blogger Karla said . . .

I'm worried that his personal vibrations might have a bad effect on the instrument. I hope he didn't step over anything.    

11:31 PM, November 20, 2006

Blogger Hubert said . . .

Maybe he was thinking of a soundoff against Conzi, which is why he thought of learning the instrument in competitive terms    

11:59 PM, November 20, 2006

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