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THEY PLAY A LIVELY TUNE

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CHEERING AND WHISTLING

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CHEERING

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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-Hello and welcome to Birmingham.

-ALL: Hello!

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We've come here to sing sing sing. Yeah!

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-We love singing with our school choir.

-It's lots of fun.

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To make your singing really good, you need to remember to...

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Stand tall with proud chests.

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# Listen to each other when you sing. #

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And to smile and enjoy yourself.

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# Look happy when you sing. #

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We're going to perform a fantastic song for you.

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It's called Bubble And Bubble.

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It's got lots of actions in it, so you can join in if you like.

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THEY CHEER

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# Bubble and bubble and bubbling over

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# Bubble and bubble and bubbling over

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# Bubble and bubble and bubbling over

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# Hallelujah

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# All I want is bubbling over

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# All I want is bubbling over

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# All I want is bubbling over

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# Hallelujah

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# All I want is bubbling over

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# All I want is bubbling over

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# All I want is bubbling over

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# Hallelujah

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# All I want is bubbling over

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# All I want is bubbling over

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# All I want is bubbling over

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# Hallelujah. #

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THEY CHEER

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# Bubble and bubble and bubbling over

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# Bubble and bubble and bubbling over

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# Bubble and bubble and bubbling over

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# Hallelujah

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# All I want is bubbling over

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# All I want is bubbling over

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# All I want is bubbling over

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# Hallelujah. #

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HE PLAYS A ROMANTIC TUNE

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TUNE BECOMES UPBEAT

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APPLAUSE

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Bravo! Bravo!

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VIOLIN PLAYS

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APPLAUSE Bravo! Bravo!

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ALL: Hi, Kagemusha Taiko!

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And we're from Exeter.

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And today we've come to Haldon Forest Park.

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Because we really like sticks.

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Sticks?

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Not those types of sticks, drum sticks.

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Because we play the drums.

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ALL: Japanese style!

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It's called taiko drumming.

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And these are special Japanese drum sticks called bachi.

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We use them to hit small drums, like this.

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They're called shime.

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Or big drums like this, they're called nagados.

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These big drums on the stands are called odaikos.

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And they're very, very heavy.

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THEY STRAIN

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To play taiko drums, you have to smile.

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Keep your head up.

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Stand in a strong position.

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Make definite movements.

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And keep going whatever happens.

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CHILDREN YELL

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THEY LAUGH

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Oh! Well done!

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THEY APPLAUD

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We like to shout when we play our drums!

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We shout "suru" to start because it means start in Japanese,

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but after that we shout whatever we like.

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Suru!

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THEY SHOUT INDISTINCTLY

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Let's show you properly.

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Suru!

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Suru!

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Suru! Suru!

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Suru!

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Suru! Suru!

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Suru!

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Suru! Si!

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Si! Su! Su!

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Suru!

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Sat! Sen! Suru!

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Sat! Sen!

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Sa!

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Sat! Su!

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Su! Su! Su!

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Suru!

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Sa! Sa!

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Suru!

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Sa! Sa!

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Sa!

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Sat! Su! Su!

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Su! Su!

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Suru!

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Sa! Sa!

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Suru!

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Sat! Sun!

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Sa!

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Sat! Su!

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Su! Su! Su!

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Sa!

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I'm here with Carl, he's 17 years old.

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-You've been beatboxing...

-For about five years now.

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Five years? All right. I don't need any excuse to be asked to beatbox,

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so, if you wouldn't mind joining me in a little beatbox.

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I'll start the beat and you carry on.

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Three, two, one, go.

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HE BEATBOXES

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-All right, all right.

-We know you're really good at beatboxing.

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I'm just street, aren't I?

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Carl, you're obviously very good as well, but you're not here to beatbox

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-you're here for the old didgeridoo.

-Indeed I am.

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Going to combine both skills together.

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The didgeridoo is 2,000 years old from Australia.

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Give us a little go and see what it sounds like -

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beatboxing and didgeridooing.

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Is that a verb? Didgeridooing?

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It is now!

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So, what gave you the idea to go, "Oh, I can beatbox,

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"why not whack it into a didgeridoo?"

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Ages ago, I used to play didgeridoo, but then it broke,

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so I recently bought a new one.

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Because they both work on the same principle, breath control,

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and the positioning of your mouth, so I thought,

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-yeah, why not have a go?

-Give it a go, yeah.

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-Can we have a go? Can you teach us?

-Let's do it.

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Barney's getting involved, he's keen.

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So, how do you blow the didgeridoo?

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You need to vibrate your lips just like blowing a raspberry.

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I'm really bad at that. Aren't I?

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Let me give it a go.

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LAUGHTER

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That's special, isn't it?

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I don't want to have a go, because Andy's embarrassing me.

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Once you've got that,

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you've got to learn the three basic skills of beatboxing,

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which is the high hat...

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HE MIMICS TAPPING OF CYMBALS

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And then the kick drum.

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THEY MIMIC KICK DRUM

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And then the snare.

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THEY MIMIC SNARE DRUM

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-Then you put all three together...

-Barney's not liking this!

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OK, so you do the raspberry with one of those moves

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and that should make a beatboxing didgeridoo.

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OK. Here goes.

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SHE SPLUTTERS

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Let me give it a go.

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BLOWING AND SPLUTTERING SOUNDS

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BARNEY BARKS

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Barney, beatbox with us.

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BARNEY BARKS

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All right, all right! Relax!

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-Barney...

-Chill.

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BARNEY BARKS

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OK, Barney's obviously scared by the didgeridoo, so let's...

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Let the master have a go.

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Carl, show us how it should be done. BARNEY GROWLS

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HE BEATBOXS INTO THE DIDGERIDOO

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LION ROARS

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We've come to the art gallery here in Leeds.

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-It's really cool inside.

-Come with us to see.

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We've come to perform on traditional Indian instruments.

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This is a tabla. That's the bass drum

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and that's the treble drum and this is how it sounds.

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RHYTHMIC DRUMMING

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This is the santoor. You play it with two sticks called kalam.

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It's got about 100 strings. It comes from the valley of Kashmir

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and this is how it sounds.

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TWANGING, BOUNCING STRINGS

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We are going to perform an Indian song.

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It is a tarana with Indian sargams.

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CHILDREN SING AND BAND PLAYS

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MUSIC AND SONG GAIN PACE

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BELLS JINGLE

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POTS "PLAY" BIG BEN CHIMES

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Hey! Very nice! That was the Big Ben tune

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played with pots.

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-Zic Zazou, welcome to the studio.

-Hello.

-Bonjour.

-Bonjour.

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All the way from France. This is great. Now, you guys play with

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some pans. How do you get sounds out of pans and pots?

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-You need to have a pan which sounds the note you want.

-The note you want.

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If you want to make a tune very good...

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-Yeah.

-..you have to grind it a little.

-So you grind it there

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-to get a particular tune that you want.

-Yes.

-What other stuff

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do you play with? You have some bottles, some glasses.

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We play lots of things. Bottles, glasses, frying pans. Many, many

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-tools and we even use table legs as flutes.

-Are you serious?

-Yes.

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-Amazing.

-Can I have a go of the glass. Everyone does this at home.

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So I wet my finger. You can do this with any glass, can't you?

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Any glass. Some are better.

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NOTE RESONATES This is a good one.

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Great. Very nice.

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-Ooh.

-Add some water

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and the note changes and it will be deeper.

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-A deeper note?

-OK.

-DEEPER NOTE RESONATES

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You're good. A pro. Maybe he can join you in your show?

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-Do you want to try?

-OK, give us a go.

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-Oh...

-Let's forget it.

-So I'll just stop.

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You've come to show us exactly what you do.

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You're going to be giving us a performance

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of your signature song - Le Ballon De Rouge.

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Le Ballon De Rouge - yes.

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Almost got it! And what does that mean?

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-It means the red balloon.

-The red balloon.

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OK, guys, take it away. Allez!

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THEY PLAY: "Le Ballon De Rouge"

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SWEET RESONATING NOTES

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TAPPING NOTES JOIN

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REVERBERATING PUFFING NOTES JOIN

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FLUTE-LIKE NOTES JOIN

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APPLAUSE

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JAZZY HARP PLAYS

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GLISSANDO NOTES

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PERCUSSIVE TAPS AND SWEET NOTES

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APPLAUSE

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This is an electric harp. I love it and the sounds it makes.

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In fact it's ELECTRIFYING!

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ROCK'N'ROLL BLUESY STYLE ELECTRIC HARP

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WHOOPING AND CHEERING IN BACKGROUND

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Hi, I'm James and I'm at the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland.

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It's very special here because the rocks make these amazing patterns.

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And I think it's the perfect place for me to play my wind instrument -

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the clarinet.

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My clarinet has a reed here that vibrates to make the sound

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when I blow here.

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MELLOW SINGLE NOTE

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It has lots of keys and holes

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and I have to stretch my fingers to make notes.

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I love playing the clarinet because it makes me happy.

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Shall I play you something?

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JAMES PLAYS: "Stranger On The Shore"

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Look at them go! It's great. Now, the idea here,

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which I'll try and do, is the A to Z of instruments.

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We're going to start with A for Aaron here on the A for accordion.

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Let's move on to B for bongos.

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C for cymbal!

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D for drum. It's big, it's a capital D.

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Euphonium!

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F for flute. Give us it... That's good. Good effort. Well done.

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G for guitar. Can we have a G chord? Very nice. Lovely.

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And a harmonica. Very nice. H for harmonica.

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This is an idiophone, would you believe? Or a rattle.

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Very nice rattling.

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Lovely. Jew's harp.

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-Hwoahr!

-GIGGLES

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Jew's harp.

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K for keyboard - very nice indeed. This is L for lute.

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Going through, M for maracas. Keep it going at naga...zwacka,

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I think it is, or something similar, an Indian... Nagaswaran.

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It's an Indian wind instrument.

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You've got a bit of Indian wind in you, well done.

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O for oboe. I tell you what, they've been practising all day, very good.

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P for panpipes. We struggled a bit with Q.

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What about a quartet of kazoos?

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Go on, give us a kazoo...

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Good, very good. Keep going. R for recorder.

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And I'm going to join in with S for spoons. Can we have a bit of T

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for tambourine as well while we're at that...? Lovely. Very nice.

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Ukulele - when you're cleanin' windows. Give us on of them.

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Lovely. Now we're on to V for violin, or viola.

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Wooden block - W.

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Good. X for xylophone.

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Very nice. And Z for zither... Oh, no, I've missed out Y!

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Yourself. You can never miss out yourself.

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Lovely. Your cheeks. You could do your elbows, or even your feet.

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And then, Z, for zither. Give us a zither!

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Lovely! Thanks very much.

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Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to...

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..me. Hi, I'm Sam and I'm from Halifax...

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which is here, in the North of England.

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I've come to the National Railway Museum, in York.

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It has lots of different trains,

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but I haven't come here just to look at the trains. I've come here

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as a percussionist. That means I play instruments that you hit.

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This is a xylophone. TRAIN TOOTS

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Not that, this. It's made of wood.

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I hit it with special sticks and it makes a funny noise, like this...

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Now, I'm going to play this xylophone.

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Here's a piece. Guess what? It's called On The Track.

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That's funny, because we're in a railway museum!

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HE PLAYS: "On The Track"

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TRAIN TOOTS

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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And now, it's our turn to have a go on the drum kit. OK, Chris,

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-show us what we're hopefully going to learn.

-Well, hopefully,

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you should be able to learn this. SLOW DRUMBEAT

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Good. Sounds simple, but I bet it's not.

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So, you only use three drums for that, but obviously,

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-you've got a big kit there. What have we got here?

-Well,

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-we have a bass drum here.

-Yeah.

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-We have a snare here.

-Mm.

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A high tom here.

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Floor tom.

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Hi-hat.

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Crash...

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-and ride.

-Good.

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OK. But let's concentrate on that rhythm to start with.

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-You're in pole position, you learn first.

-OK.

-Chris, take it away.

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-OK. Is you foot on the hi-hat? Yep.

-My foot is in place.

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Right, all we have to do is a simple four on your hand. So like one,

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two, three, four. One, two, three, four.

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One, two, three, four.

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On every three, you hit the snare drum. So, it's

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one, two, three, four.

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One, two, three, four.

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One, two, three, four.

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One, two, three, four...

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Every one you hit,

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you have to hit the bass drum.

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So, that would be...

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-I like it.

-..one, two, three, four.

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-One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four.

-Woo!

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One, two, three, four.

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# A programme called Blue Peter... #

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Right, so you've got the simple rhythm,

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-can you add anything to that?

-After that,

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if you get good enough,

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you can add a fill...

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I like it. OK, let's have a little go at that.

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Great. So that was kind of a simple rhythm and a fill-in.

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Are you going to do it with me, Zoe? You've got the beat. Ready? And...

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That's a simple rhythm.

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-Do you want me to do a fill?

-Yeah, try and do a fill.

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-How's that?

-OK.

-You keep going with that rhythm.

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Lovely stuff. Whilst we keep on practising,

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why don't you find out a bit more about drumming?

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The modern-day drum kit is a collection of drums,

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cymbals and sometimes, other percussion instruments.

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The drum kit began to develop with the turn of the 20th century.

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It was a way to play as many different drums as possible

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in a confined space.

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The bass drum is the largest member of the modern drum set

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and it produces a low, deep sound.

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It was introduced into the Western orchestra in the 18th century

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and was known as the Turkish drum. The snare drum's

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unique sound is made by the stick hitting the skin

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and the rattle of a snare. The snares are the metal wires,

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or springs, stretched across the bottom of the drum, which produce

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-this sound.

-LIGHT DRUMMING

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Great stuff. How's it going, Zo?

0:37:050:37:07

Yeah... Do you know what? I can do two things at once,

0:37:070:37:12

but three things at once is proving tricky.

0:37:120:37:14

-But I think I'm getting there, yeah?

-Not bad. We do need more practice.

0:37:140:37:17

Beardyman is a champion beatboxer, who's performed at

0:37:280:37:31

loads of music festivals. Beatboxers imitate the sound of

0:37:310:37:35

musical instruments by using their mouth, lips, tongue and voice,

0:37:350:37:39

creating beats, rhythms and melodies.

0:37:390:37:41

We had a guest come in who was a beatboxer

0:37:410:37:44

-and they called him the Bearded Man.

-The Bearded Man?

0:37:440:37:47

They called him the Bearded Man.

0:37:470:37:48

Just for the record, Sam, it's Beardyman.

0:37:480:37:51

Either way, he doesn't have a beard!

0:37:510:37:54

-He was absolutely amazing.

-Really good. It was brilliant.

0:37:560:37:59

# Come fly with me... #

0:37:590:38:01

'A bit of Frank Sinatra, a bit of beatbox...'

0:38:010:38:04

-Ah...

-He was phenomenal.

0:38:040:38:06

# ..away! #

0:38:060:38:07

I couldn't even talk. After I saw him, I was like...

0:38:070:38:13

Was that you, doing that with your mouth?

0:38:130:38:15

-Exactly.

-Looks like Beardyman's inspired everyone.

0:38:150:38:20

THEY CHEER

0:38:220:38:26

For Welsh beatboxer Lloyd, it's a dream come true,

0:38:260:38:30

-as he gets some one-on-one tuition.

-THEY BEATBOX

0:38:300:38:36

'Lloyd's wicked.

0:38:360:38:38

'He's a really talented musician.'

0:38:380:38:40

I'm sure he'll be a wicked beatboxer.

0:38:400:38:41

See?

0:38:470:38:48

I learnt how to vocal scratch,

0:38:490:38:51

but I'm not that great, so I'll have to practise.

0:38:510:38:54

-Erm... Wacka-wacka-wacka.

-Wicked.

0:38:540:38:57

'Although he's great at beatboxing'

0:38:570:38:58

in one particular style, to then shift that to something else

0:38:580:39:03

is pretty challenging.

0:39:030:39:04

Tightening up his beats rhythmically and how loud he is, and stuff.

0:39:040:39:10

But then you go like, shh.

0:39:100:39:11

As well, like sucking in - shh!

0:39:110:39:13

-Shh.

-Yeah, so you go, ushh!

0:39:130:39:15

-Usssh!

-That's it, that's it!

0:39:150:39:17

Just like, usssh!

0:39:170:39:19

Uh! Oh!

0:39:190:39:20

You never get it first time.

0:39:200:39:22

Well, practice makes perfect!

0:39:220:39:25

She's the girl at the top of her scene,

0:39:350:39:38

with success at the MOBOs and Brit Award nominations,

0:39:380:39:41

Estelle is making a mark on the music world.

0:39:410:39:44

But she's not so famous to help out the stars of the future

0:39:440:39:47

with an MC master class.

0:39:470:39:49

Hi.

0:39:520:39:53

This workshop is funded by Comic Relief

0:39:530:39:57

and it helps kids who want to make it in music

0:39:570:40:00

even though some of them come from tough backgrounds.

0:40:000:40:04

It took Estelle six years to get a record deal,

0:40:040:40:07

so she knows how hard it can be.

0:40:070:40:09

It was a chance for me to go out there and say,

0:40:090:40:11

"Look, this is how real it is. Don't let anyone tell you anything else.

0:40:110:40:15

"If you're rubbish, you're rubbish. If you're good, you're good."

0:40:150:40:18

And it wasn't long before she spotted some talent.

0:40:180:40:22

There was one guy, he was rapping and he ended up freestyling.

0:40:220:40:26

He had the crowd up.

0:40:260:40:27

It was just like, "You was trying to hide two seconds ago.

0:40:270:40:31

"What's going on?"

0:40:310:40:32

# I think you might get sick of me

0:40:320:40:33

# Cos I'm crazy hype

0:40:330:40:35

# I'm getting into this beat I don't know why... #

0:40:350:40:37

It was beautiful.

0:40:370:40:38

It was just like, "That's what I want to see", you know?

0:40:380:40:41

I don't want to get up on stage,

0:40:410:40:43

I want to be in the crowd in five years

0:40:430:40:45

and see these guys like, "I don't know. I'm scared."

0:40:450:40:47

When you are performing, perform to these people.

0:40:470:40:50

# What can I do?

0:40:500:40:52

# If I had a wish I would wish you... #

0:40:520:40:55

The one thing I learnt today would have to be

0:40:550:40:58

that if you want to do something in your life, you can do it.

0:40:580:41:02

# Yeah, yeah. #

0:41:020:41:04

It was very embarrassing. I am shy.

0:41:040:41:07

They told me I should be confident

0:41:090:41:11

and I shouldn't hear what people say.

0:41:110:41:13

She talked sense, she don't talk rubbish you don't want to hear.

0:41:130:41:16

'Then it was my turn.'

0:41:180:41:20

Sing it with her, come on!

0:41:210:41:22

# 1988, God made me

0:41:220:41:24

# 89, I start to feel fine

0:41:240:41:27

-# Sing it

-95, I start to find myself

0:41:270:41:29

# 99, reminiscing my life. #

0:41:290:41:32

Your host can rap. I was like, "Wow!"

0:41:320:41:35

# Sing it

0:41:350:41:37

# 99, I start to find myself

0:41:370:41:39

# 99, reminiscing my life. #

0:41:390:41:42

Ah, there's nothing like a gentle, early morning wake-up call.

0:41:540:41:58

Brace yourself for this.

0:41:580:42:00

THEY PLAY SCOTLAND THE BRAVE LOUDLY

0:42:000:42:02

Oh-ho-ho-ho!

0:42:040:42:05

Bagpipes were traditionally designed to be played outdoors

0:42:090:42:13

and their sound can carry up to 10 miles.

0:42:130:42:16

Oh, Steve, guys, great early-morning rendition of Scotland The Brave.

0:42:200:42:24

By the end of today... It's a big ask...

0:42:240:42:27

I'm not looking to play Scotland The Brave

0:42:270:42:29

but to at least get a note out of the bagpipes.

0:42:290:42:32

-What are my chances, Steve?

-Pretty good.

-Yeah?

0:42:320:42:34

-But you first of all have to start off on the practice chanter.

-Right.

0:42:340:42:38

-Time for a lesson?

-Yep.

0:42:380:42:40

Off I go.

0:42:400:42:41

THEY PLAY THE CHANTER

0:42:410:42:43

Right here, I am for my first chanter lesson.

0:42:460:42:48

Now, I know it looks a little bit like a recorder

0:42:480:42:51

but believe me, when it comes to playing it,

0:42:510:42:53

you need an awful lot of puff.

0:42:530:42:55

Nice and quiet!

0:42:550:42:57

OK, what we're going to do today

0:42:580:42:59

is start off with the basic scale for practice chanter.

0:42:590:43:02

To achieve low A, we lift up our finger, here.

0:43:020:43:05

-Try that.

-THEY PLAY

0:43:050:43:07

-Next.

-HE PLAYS A NOTE

0:43:070:43:09

Good. Right, Simon.

0:43:090:43:10

HE PLAYS POORLY

0:43:100:43:12

Oh, excuse me! HE PLAYS THE RIGHT NOTE

0:43:120:43:15

Good. Nibbler?

0:43:150:43:16

SPEECH DROWNED OUT BY CHANTER

0:43:160:43:20

To achieve C, you need to lift up that finger

0:43:200:43:22

and put down the pinkie at the same time.

0:43:220:43:24

HE PLAYS

0:43:240:43:26

HE PLAYS A SCALE

0:43:280:43:30

OK, Simon?

0:43:300:43:33

SIMON PLAYS A SCALE

0:43:330:43:36

Good!

0:43:370:43:38

Now that we've covered all the notes on the chanter,

0:43:380:43:41

the first tune we're going to cover is The Brown Haired Maid.

0:43:410:43:44

We're going to play only the melody.

0:43:440:43:46

I knew I was pushing my luck

0:43:460:43:48

cos normally you wouldn't be given a tune without weeks of practice.

0:43:480:43:52

I haven't got a hope of playing this!

0:43:520:43:54

THEY ALL PLAY TOGETHER

0:43:550:43:57

OK!

0:44:060:44:07

The great thing with everyone playing is,

0:44:070:44:09

I'm not sure whether he can hear if I'm playing it right.

0:44:090:44:12

If I was good enough, I'd play this later with the pipers,

0:44:120:44:17

but I'd no idea how I'd cope with the bag attached.

0:44:170:44:20

Bagpipes are one of the world's oldest instruments

0:44:200:44:23

and were played when Scottish clans went into battle.

0:44:230:44:26

Their piercing drone was one of the only things that could be heard

0:44:260:44:30

above the roar and the din.

0:44:300:44:32

Steve, that sounded great

0:44:350:44:37

and I've had my chanter lesson.

0:44:370:44:39

It's gone OK.

0:44:390:44:41

I think I'm ready to have a go on the pipes themselves.

0:44:410:44:44

-What do you reckon?

-Good, we'll give it a shot.

0:44:440:44:47

-Is this my set here?

-This is your set, yeah.

0:44:470:44:49

I'll explain first of all what we have.

0:44:490:44:52

What you have to do first is put the bag under your left arm

0:44:520:44:56

and rest the drones on your shoulder

0:44:560:44:58

and blow into the blow piece.

0:44:580:45:00

BAGPIPES MAKE NO SOUND

0:45:000:45:03

HE PLAYS A NOTE

0:45:060:45:09

HE PLAYS A LONG NOTE

0:45:100:45:12

NOTE STOPS

0:45:190:45:21

You need lungs the size of an elephant!

0:45:210:45:24

That's good for a first attempt.

0:45:240:45:26

Danny, guys, I'm kitted up, I'm practised up,

0:45:260:45:30

I think, and I'm ready to go.

0:45:300:45:32

Are you ready for me?

0:45:320:45:33

-Get blowing, Simon.

-Are you sure?

-Yeah.

0:45:330:45:35

OK, guys, take it away.

0:45:350:45:37

THEY PLAY A TUNE

0:45:370:45:41

CHEERING

0:45:590:46:02

Well, hello, good morning.

0:46:020:46:04

My name's Lesley Garrett and I'm going to sing O Mio Babbino Caro.

0:46:060:46:10

Lesley Garrett is an award-winning singer

0:46:100:46:12

and one of the UK's most famous opera stars.

0:46:120:46:14

# O mio babbino caro... #

0:46:140:46:21

For some of the team members,

0:46:210:46:22

this is the first time they've ever heard a live opera performance.

0:46:220:46:25

# ..bello, bello... #

0:46:250:46:31

When she started singing, we were all like...

0:46:310:46:33

# ..Vo'andare... #

0:46:330:46:36

This woman almost bared her soul and these sounds flew out of her.

0:46:360:46:42

# ..Andrei sul Ponte... #

0:46:420:46:45

The performance today with Lesley Garrett

0:46:450:46:48

really shocked me.

0:46:480:46:49

It was such a strong performance, she was so loud.

0:46:490:46:53

I didn't know how someone could perform so well with just a pianist.

0:46:530:46:57

# ..Pieta. #

0:46:570:47:06

THEY APPLAUD

0:47:060:47:10

That sounds fantastic.

0:47:100:47:12

Opera singer Lesley Garrett drops in.

0:47:120:47:15

The most important thing when you come to sing is to breathe.

0:47:150:47:18

SHE INHALES

0:47:180:47:20

You need to take a breath in with the idea that you're going to sing.

0:47:200:47:23

That's your preparation breath and that will sustain you

0:47:230:47:26

throughout the whole song.

0:47:260:47:28

Lesley told us how to control your breathing.

0:47:280:47:31

She said breathing's the most important thing in singing

0:47:310:47:34

cos you have to time it right.

0:47:340:47:36

It will last the whole song.

0:47:360:47:38

Have you warmed your bodies up? Have you done some vocalising today?

0:47:380:47:42

Have you stretched?

0:47:420:47:44

Before I sing, I do a load of stretching.

0:47:440:47:46

Lesley shows them a few vocal tricks of the trade.

0:47:460:47:49

There's the, "I'm stepping on hot coals"...

0:47:490:47:52

# Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. #

0:47:520:47:56

THEY LAUGH

0:47:560:47:58

..the vacuum cleaner...

0:48:000:48:01

A-ff-a-ff-a-ff

0:48:010:48:03

That's great. A-ff-a-ff-a-ff.

0:48:030:48:08

And finally, the car alarm...

0:48:080:48:10

Wow-oo!

0:48:100:48:11

-Wow-oo!

-Wow-oo!

-Wow-oo!

0:48:110:48:14

-Wow-oo!

-Wow-oo!

0:48:140:48:15

Fantastic!

0:48:150:48:17

That just really wakes your voice up.

0:48:170:48:20

# Brr-brr-brr... #

0:48:300:48:32

THEY BEATBOX

0:48:320:48:40

Award-winning R&B group, Naturally 7,

0:48:400:48:42

are experts in vocal versatility

0:48:420:48:45

as they use no instruments at all, just their voices.

0:48:450:48:49

THEY BEATBOX

0:48:490:48:53

I really liked them and when they said they were going to perform

0:48:530:48:57

so I just went mad cos I was so excited.

0:48:570:49:00

# I can build this wall to surround me... #

0:49:000:49:04

My mouth was just open and I couldn't close it.

0:49:040:49:06

They were amazing, it blew my mind.

0:49:060:49:09

At one point, one man did a guitar solo.

0:49:130:49:16

It sounded so much like a real guitar but it was with his mouth.

0:49:160:49:20

THEY BEATBOX

0:49:260:49:29

# I build this wall. #

0:49:320:49:34

I see you're tasting a bit...

0:49:410:49:44

What do you think the sound is of creaming together butter and sugar?

0:49:440:49:49

HE IMITATES RECORD SCRATCHING

0:49:490:49:52

Like a scratch, yeah.

0:49:520:49:54

Naturally 7 came into our rehearsal today,

0:49:540:49:57

they taught us that we could make different sounds with our voice.

0:49:570:50:01

How would we stir?

0:50:010:50:02

# Dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum

0:50:020:50:04

# Dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum

0:50:040:50:06

# Dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum... #

0:50:060:50:08

-That's where the groove comes in!

-Spread on a baking tray and divide.

0:50:080:50:13

Spread like...

0:50:130:50:14

# Moo-oo-mo-oo-moo-oo... Ch-ch-ch-ch! #

0:50:140:50:18

See if you can...

0:50:180:50:20

-# Moo-oo-mo-oo-moo-oo... Ch-ch-ch-ch! #

-Yeah!

0:50:200:50:25

Steel pans are traditionally the music of the Caribbean.

0:50:360:50:39

But I'm not going to the island of Trinidad,

0:50:390:50:41

where steel pans come from,

0:50:410:50:43

but to Tyneside.

0:50:430:50:45

I feel like I should be dancing in with a Caribbean shirt on.

0:50:540:50:58

-That sounds lovely.

-Thank you.

0:50:580:51:00

-You must be Katie.

-Yeah.

0:51:000:51:02

-How long have you been doing this?

-About two years.

0:51:020:51:05

-You've got a challenge for me.

-Em, yep.

0:51:050:51:07

I'm going to teach you how to play the steel pans

0:51:070:51:10

-then you have to play a solo.

-A solo?

0:51:100:51:12

Mm-hm.

0:51:120:51:14

OK. I have no musical ability, I warn you now!

0:51:140:51:17

So, good luck, teacher!

0:51:170:51:18

First up, Katie taught me the scale.

0:51:230:51:25

-B Flat, C.

-F, D, A.

0:51:250:51:27

That doesn't sound right.

0:51:300:51:33

You do make it look easy.

0:51:330:51:35

If you don't hit it square on, it sounds rubbish.

0:51:350:51:38

Come on!

0:51:380:51:39

Well done!

0:51:420:51:44

Yay!

0:51:440:51:45

'I'd barely mastered the skill when she added a tune!'

0:51:450:51:49

-Right, it's C and F.

-OK.

0:51:490:51:50

Then C and E.

0:51:500:51:52

Then C and F again.

0:51:520:51:54

-OK.

-Right, you try it.

0:51:540:51:56

Then another part is A, A, C.

0:52:000:52:02

A, A, C.

0:52:020:52:04

A, C, F.

0:52:060:52:08

That sounds like something. Little Donkey! Little Donkey!

0:52:100:52:13

'I was having to play by ear and the notes weren't in any order.

0:52:130:52:16

'This challenge was proving pretty tricky.'

0:52:160:52:18

Now you've got to put all three sections together.

0:52:180:52:21

'With a bit of practice, I was starting to get the hang of it.'

0:52:300:52:33

I think you're doing well. So you're ready for the solo.

0:52:350:52:37

-This is what I'm going to have to play in the studio?

-Yeah.

0:52:370:52:40

-OK. Go on, then.

-Ready?

0:52:400:52:43

There's quite a lot of notes there.

0:52:530:52:55

SHE FALTERS

0:52:550:52:57

'Yep, too many notes.'

0:52:570:52:59

Oh!

0:52:590:53:01

I think she's doing quite well on the training but when she performs live,

0:53:010:53:04

I'm not sure what she'll be like.

0:53:040:53:06

I'm getting it right every now and again!

0:53:060:53:09

The trouble is, I'm only going to get one shot at this.

0:53:090:53:11

If I don't get it right,

0:53:110:53:13

I'm going to let the whole band down.

0:53:130:53:15

So now it is challenge time. Helen says she has no musical ability.

0:53:200:53:24

Let's find out. Katie's going to do a solo and Helen will repeat it.

0:53:240:53:28

Helen, what is toughest about this?

0:53:280:53:31

If you don't hit the notes bang on, it sounds rubbish.

0:53:310:53:34

Perfect...rubbish.

0:53:340:53:37

Don't embarrass yourself on national TV. Well, let's talk,

0:53:370:53:40

as they say in Hollywood, let's take it away!

0:53:400:53:43

BAND PLAY CARIBBEAN MEDLEY

0:53:450:53:48

THEY CHEER

0:54:170:54:18

THEY CHEER

0:54:570:54:59

It may be miserable outside but it is sunny in here, it feels it anyway.

0:54:590:55:03

Katie, did Helen make any mistakes?

0:55:030:55:05

No, I think she did really well.

0:55:050:55:07

Congratulations! You were just... Freestyling!

0:55:070:55:10

-It was good.

-I did what they told me to do. I hit the right notes.

0:55:100:55:14

-I enjoyed that!

-Emily, you've been judging Helen from afar.

0:55:140:55:17

Not very far. How did she do, can she join the band?

0:55:170:55:21

With a bit of practice, yeah.

0:55:210:55:23

-Woo-hoooo!

-Well done, H!

0:55:230:55:25

We finally succeeded at a Take Me On. I'm not sure about these.

0:55:250:55:29

Katie, thank you so much for the lessons, a great teacher.

0:55:290:55:33

Thank you to the North Tyneside Steel Band for coming in.

0:55:330:55:36

Next stop, Stomp, an award-winning dance troupe who use all kinds of

0:55:460:55:50

every-day objects in their shows to create

0:55:500:55:52

amazing rhythmic performances.

0:55:520:55:54

THEY TAP BRUSHES RHYTHMICALLY

0:55:550:55:58

People come to Stomp not quite knowing what they're in for.

0:56:080:56:11

When the rhythm and the performance builds up,

0:56:110:56:15

from nothing, it's really exciting for the audience to watch.

0:56:150:56:18

Oh, that's a bad boy manoeuvre!

0:56:180:56:20

THEY CHEER

0:56:250:56:27

They've seen the pros at work, now it's time for them

0:56:270:56:30

to get their hands on some of Stomp's unique instruments.

0:56:300:56:33

-Get your earplugs ready!

-BANGING, RATTLING

0:56:330:56:35

As you can hear behind us, this is what it's like to wake up

0:56:350:56:38

in the noisiest room, in the noisiest place on Earth.

0:56:380:56:41

It's very, very important,

0:56:410:56:43

the first thing you need to do when you're busking together

0:56:430:56:46

is listening to each other, playing together, not overpowering

0:56:460:56:50

each other's playing, OK? So, let's start off with the basses.

0:56:500:56:53

Kick off some kind of groove.

0:56:530:56:55

One by one, we'll come in playing what we think we can add to it

0:56:550:56:59

-to make it sound nice.

-1, 2, 3, 4!

0:56:590:57:01

Add something?

0:57:060:57:07

A little softer. It's good, though.

0:57:090:57:12

We gave them some bass instruments and some high-end instruments.

0:57:140:57:18

We had a skip, some pipes, some paint cans,

0:57:180:57:21

some bins. Pretty much rubbish that we use in the show.

0:57:210:57:25

We've learnt to keep in time with each other, look at each other,

0:57:250:57:29

and generally just feel each other's groove, really.

0:57:290:57:33

Whilst they carry on jamming, backstage there's a special visitor.

0:57:330:57:37

What's going on? I'm Tinchy Stryder.

0:57:380:57:40

Tinchy Stryder is another huge star.

0:57:400:57:44

His single with pop band N-Dubz, called Number 1,

0:57:440:57:47

went straight to the top of the charts at number one.

0:57:470:57:50

They don't know I'm here but I'm going to surprise them now.

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Wait, what's going on here?

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It's Tinchy Stryder!

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If you go on stage and you ain't got no butterflies,

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there's something wrong. It's right to have butterflies.

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I have a couple of minutes silence, just take it in.

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HE BEATBOXES

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Yeah, I like the tempo. Good.

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He give me lyrics from Number 1, so I was like, "Wow!"

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# .. kid's games, kiss chase

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# Just a quick fling Now I'm hoping you never go missing

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# I'm telling you You can hold this ring

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# Watch it glisten As quick as the wind blows

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# Didn't think I would ever be involved

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# So I made a song called Don't Go It was just you and me on a love roll

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# Us two, tip-toe Duck-dive, get low

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# Know I care less about who knows

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# Now we're deep in way past intro

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# Dappy, explain, yo. #

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THEY CHEER

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Well done!

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd

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A series of clips taken from the BBC archive to illustrate musical instruments and present various masterclasses from professionals, including a vocal warm-up lesson by Lesley Garrett, and beatboxing techniques.


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