I recently had the good fortune of rescuing a poor little scared, lost boomwhacker from under my couch. I posted a photo of the yellow E boomwhacker recently on Facebook. I assume it cut loose from the mobster pack after the last Great Boomwhacker Escape. After posting the photo, I received this:

Then I realized: “There are some people who don’t know what a boomwhacker is!” I had a hard time wrapping my head around that idea, but . . .

Actually, my friend Geoffrey Thornton Chew is into yoga and all things holistic, so I bet he would really dig boomwhackers. Here’s your answer, Geoff!

Boomwhackers are:

1. Light, easy, fun, and durable. You can whack ’em on your head, your legs, the floor. You can *even* play light sabre sword fights with these bad boys! They get bent out of shape, then you can bend them right back in tune.

2. Pitched according to color. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Darker Blue, Purple. Those are C, D, E, F, G, A, and B, in order, the diatonic scale. You can also get the chromatics (C#, Eb, etc.) to fill in the gaps for certain musical scores. You can create pentatonic scales so that there is literally no wrong note to play.

3. AWESOME for playing in groups! I have arranged scores for the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, and more for these tubular wonders. Just break up your group into sections, teach some rhythms, and away you go. You can check out the Plastic Musik video below for inspiration.

4. AWESOME for playing by yourself. Trust me. I know. 😉 Here’s an exercise for you: Take 5 boomwhackers (Let’s say C, D, E, G, and A) to a clean hardwood floor. Also take a towel on which to rest them. Sit on the floor. Put one in each hand, and play. You can hit the ground, you can hit your belly, you can hit the cabinets, you can hit the counters. No wrong way. Just keep going back and forth, then switch them out for different notes. There’s no wrong pitch, there’s no wrong note. Keep going, close your eyes, and listen to the music.

5. Also known as “Boomies” in the UK and other parts of the world. I only know this from keeping up with the Drum Circle Facilitators Yahoo Group.

6. The creation of a dude named Craig. He’s appears on the Yahoo list every now and then, and I’ve had a very pleasant phone conversation with him. I think he lives in the northwest. Very nice guy.

You won’t be disappointed when you start whackin’ a boomie! If you’re ready to take on the art of boomwhacking, then buy these to start off.

Got more questions about boomwhackers? Throw ’em down in a comment below!

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