Let’s Play a Tune (Jun, 1930)

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Let’s Play a Tune

Every Nation Has Music All Its Own Dressed in the full uniform of the Scots Guards, these experts on the bagpipe are ready to play at memorial or any other special services. The Highlander still clings to his pipes, though there are those who find them slightly less than musical.

There is no escaping the diligent ukulele player. Even in the heart of the Belgian Congo, the uke is strummed; that is, if this strange looking instrument can be called a uke. The player in the photograph is Congo’s champion, and he loves to strum and sing his native African songs.

This is a bagpipe but the man is not Scotch. The pipe is now found in Italy and the bagpipers go from town to town, literally blowing their way across the land of Mussolini, earning a scant living. They have trouble in making the pipe forget the wild Scotch tunes and in training it to the softer melodies that are dear to the hearts of Italians.

This trio of Chinamen is playing what the Chinese tall music. Note the long drawn out nature of the guitar, while the fiddle has fallen away to a mere nothing. Western ears are seldom pleased by what is to them far eastern “noise.”

These serious minded musicians belong to the Royal Household Band of Korea. They are using instruments made in China many centuries ago. The hourglass affair at the right is a drum, capable of stirring the Korean pulse but leaving the western visitor quite calm.

This one-man hand belongs to Abruzzo, Italy, where he makes merry with drum, cymbals, and the adapted Italian bagpipe, all of which he plays at the same lime with hand foot, and mouth. Such musicians are popular with the children at Christmas time.

His costume is elaborate, but then he is a royal musician of Burma. The instrument, which looks like a vase, is in reality a tom-tom.

In the oval, two Russian boys are showing what can be done with the accordion, an instrument extremely popular with music loving Russians.

In a New York City public school, the mouth organ has come into its own. These boys never miss band practice and are said to produce sweet harmony.

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