Richard's Poor Almanac by Richard Thompson

Richard's Poor Almanac

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  1. Three Steps Over Japan

    Three Steps Over Japan said, about 3 years ago

    Please, stop.

  2. Sisyphos

    Sisyphos said, about 3 years ago

    Very insightful! I always was suspicious of the String Family, but could never prove anything….


    CARAPORAM said, about 3 years ago

    Stop it, I got a masters degree concentration in Glockenspiel from Harvard.

  4. PoodleGroomer

    PoodleGroomer said, about 3 years ago

    Any brass instrument with a spit valve is a good choice. They can develop an ice block when playing in cold weather unless the player is drinking enough alcohol to permanently damage a Breathalyzer.

  5. John W Kennedy

    John W Kennedy GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Ain’t a glockenspiel. A glockenspiel is laid out horizontally, has tubular resonators, and is played with a mallet in each hand. The instrument shown is a bell lyre, strictly for marching, played with only the right hand because the left hand is needed to support the instrument. Since it is used only for marching, it is commonly played by oboe players, since oboes don’t, as a rule, march.

    One also doesn’t usually encounter a viola in a band, but Sullivan called what he used in his comic operas a “band”, even though it differed from an orchestra only in using cornets instead of trumpets, so I’ll let it slide.

  6. ehtaniguchi

    ehtaniguchi said, about 3 years ago

    @John W Kennedy

    I was going to say the viola isn’t a band instrument too, at least according my kids’ old music teacher. The viola is a nasty instrument, however. When my son played it, it sounded like cats being tortured.

  7. chromosome

    chromosome GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @John W Kennedy

    French horn players sometimes played them in our marching band.

  8. Tigerchik32

    Tigerchik32 said, about 3 years ago

    Makes me grateful I took up the clarinet.

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