Playing the Spoons

Monika White
Music 2
Instruments & misc. / 1:00 - 2:00

Real-time event on festival day with pre-registration required. You can find the registration link near the top of the program page when the link is ready.

This workshop is for beginners or those who want to refresh their spoons skills. I teach the basic beat with the goal of having everyone be able to play along with a couple of tunes by the end of the workshop. Music is provided by my husband on harmonica. I also show how to play some of the fancier spoon moves that require future practice. Bring a set of spoons to the session, either wood or metal. Kitchen soup or tablespoons work fine. Try to find a set with as flat a handle as possible and not too curved of a bowl. But we’ll work with whatever you have.

I’ve been playing old timey music since the late 1970s. I play banjo, guitar, bass, piano and spoons. I had an all-woman string band , “Old Mother Logo,” made 2 albums and played mostly West Coast theme parks (like Disney, Knotts Berry Farm), blue grass festivals, and house concerts. I retired the band in 1987 but have continued playing for fun and casual performances. Because hardly anyone teaches them, I have given dozens of spoons workshops at festivals and music events (even on Zoom) and have won first place in any competition I entered in the “other or novelty” instrument category. Spoons are so much fun, and I love to teach people how to play them.