Day 11: Spot Plays the Guiro

He likes at add a little Latin flair!

He likes at add a little Latin flair!

Don’t know what a guiro is?  This is what Wikipedia says:  The güiro (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈɡwiɾo]) is a Latin-American percussion instrument consisting of an open-ended, hollow gourd with parallel notches cut in one side. It is played by rubbing a stick or tines along the notches to produce a ratchet-like sound.

Guiros made for children are usually made of wood and are painted with red and green.  Kids sometimes refer to it as the “fish”.

I couldn’t resist making a small collage of my Making Music series.  I will make one at the end of this challenge with all 30 paintings, but here is a sneak peak.  I made this collage in Ipiccy.

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Day 5: Carter Blows His Horn

He's got chops!

He’s got chops!

4″ x 4″ original watercolor on board with easel.  Available now in my Etsy shop.

Day 18: Horn Time

I am NOT a trumpet player. Well, not really. I do know HOW to play the trumpet—all the fingerings and how to get a good sound. I have taught beginning trumpet players. But to be a real trumpet player you need to have “chops”. And to build up the muscles in your lips, you need to play often. So I may never be a trumpet player, even though I own a fairly nice, almost brand new trumpet.

When I was in high school, hanging out in the band room, I asked my friend Mike if he would teach me how to play a scale on his trumpet. I was quite pleased with myself when within a few minutes I was able to play a C scale. My band director, Mr. Harris, came out of his office to listen. When I had finished he remarked:

“I have heard cows that sounded better and they still died”. I don’t think that was a compliment! Mr. Harris would probably turn over in his grave to know I became a band director.Horn Time