New Uses for Frogs

New Uses for Frogs

Now that I have your attention… *grin* (And if anyone catches the reference in the name of this thread I *shall* be surprised.)

This one is especially for all you multi-instumentalists out there, including those who play multiple instruments within a genre (ie both fiddle and viola, both whistle and flute, etc).
I Was practicing my harp the other day and playing with the differences in how to handle "The Britches" on fiddle versus harp; on fiddle it needs to be handled lightly and deftly, much the way an empty rowboat bobs up and down on the waves, but on harp it handles more fluidly, much like the waves themselves. I found I had "Bang Your Frog On The Sofa" stuck in my head, so I noodled that out too and discovered I was playing it as a mournful slow air ("The Frog’s Lament"?) instead of as a fast-ish reel.
So how many of you totally change your handling of a tune from one instrument to another, and how much of that is due to differences in how the instruments handle, and how much of it is due to the tune itself and/or the way a different instrument changes your understanding of the tune?

Points will be awarded for originality. Also for avoiding run-on sentence structures, as I did not. ;)

Sara

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1) The Icelandic Knocker Frog is unique in being the only animal on the planet, apart from man, that can make cheese on toast. They can also climb rope ladders, a skill that has proven invaluable over the years in helping them to escape from danger. You’re probably wondering why it’s called a ‘Knocker’ Frog. So am I. :|

2) In order to survive, the West African Hoofer Frog must devour twelve gazelles a day. Luckily it has the ability to stun its prey by performing a complex hypnotic dance routine, which has been likened to a combination of traditional Latin rumba and modern tap (kind of Michael Flatley thing). Gazelles can’t get enough of it, and while the victim stares transfixed at its strangely erotic gyrations, the frog’s mates creep up on it from behind and twat it with a rock. During the dry season food becomes scarce and the frog must travel many miles in search of victims. Luckily it is able to cover vast distances at speeds in excess of 70 mph, because it drives a Land Rover.

3) Frogs can jump ten times their own bodyweight.

4) The common bullfrog became an essential fashion accessory during the latter part of the nineteenth century, thanks to its natural elasticity. Ladies used them as chinstraps to secure expensive hats against strong winds, and a gentleman wouldn’t be considered properly dressed unless he was using a pair of bullfrog braces to prevent his strides from hitting the deck. Unfortunately, bullfrogs are prone to snap, unless they are kept damp, and this resulted in some nasty cases of ‘froglash’. They finally fell into disuse when it was discovered that you could use gerbils like Velcro.

5) The South American Toilet Frog can flush itself up to three times a day, without suffering any ill effects.

6) As a way of concealing itself from its enemies, the Slateback Frog of Germany and Northern Poland has developed the extraordinary ability to disguise itself as an abandoned factory unit. It’s a technique that works beautifully. Predators become confused and disorientated when, after giving chase for some distance, they suddenly find themselves cannoning into a large prefabricated building. In fact, the disguise works rather too well, and the Slateback Frog is now on the verge of extinction after whole colonies were demolished during industrial redevelopment projects in the Rhine Valley.

7) The biggest frog in the world is called Keith Baxter and he lives under a slab in Somerset. He is a mystic ninja who does crosswords in the morning and spends his afternoons dispensing wisdom to his fellow pond life.

8) The Speckled Ridgeback, which inhabits the small island of Looto in the Indian Ocean, subsists entirely on a diet of ants. A single Ridgeback will consume, on average, about two hundred and twenty ants a day. Bizarrely, the island cannot support any other form of life - just frogs and ants. This means that the ants are forced to subsist entirely on a diet of frogs. Of course, a single ant cannot pose much of a threat to a fully grown frog, but many ants working together are easily a match for the amphibians. It takes, on average, about two hundred and twenty ants to bring down a Speckled Ridgeback, and this will feed them for a day. This daily battle for survival between ant and frog has gone on for many hundreds of years, and neither side has managed to gain the upper hand. And it’s a stalemate that looks set to continue, until one side - either ant or frog - decides that it’s had enough, builds a raft and leaves the island for good.

9) In medieval times it was believed that licking frogs was good for rheumatism. It’s easy to dismiss this kind of traditional folk medicine but, surprisingly, recent studies have revealed that there is some truth to the idea. Researchers in Sweden have been carrying out a closely monitored programme of frog licking for the past eighteen months and have announced that the frogs are fifty per cent less likely to suffer from rheumatism than a control group that have been allowed to go unlicked.

10) Frogs can go for up to 48 days without sandwiches, although they do require intermittent meals of Mars bars and cocktail sausages. If they’re going on fairly long trips they can get by quite easily on a couple of Scotch eggs and a slice of pork pie, although the chances are they’ll be desperately in need of a burger by the time they get to their destination. Frogs do not like pasta.

BONUS FROG FACT:
Due to the destruction of their natural habitats, urban frogs are becoming increasingly common as more and more of them are forced to migrate to towns and cities. You can typically find them on waste ground, or tucked away in nooks and crannies. Quite a lot of them are involved in the financial services industry, and are doing quite well for themselves. They’ve pretty much cornered the insurance market by offering lower premiums and improved customer service, but when it comes to investments they still have a lot to learn. Oh sure, they always sound pretty knowledgeable and they might assure you of a healthy return on your capital but, trust me, they’re talking cr@p.

Thus in conclusion, they make great musicians :|

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That’s it., Murrough. However little I was planning on doing this afternoon, I’m done for the day now! I’ll probably be fired for creating a disturbance from laughing so much.

Thank you VERY much.

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My approach to a tune can change radically just by changing keys, without changing instruments…..

Here in Virginia, a "frog" is a "finished room over garage", so when I first saw the string title, I wondered if it would be about using a frog for sessions.

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11. Lest we forget the nomadic Madagascar Ebony frog, which begins life as just a tad of a pole. After growing a long mane of white hair and two pearlescent eyes, this diminuitive arboreal species spends its days clinging to small twigs and sticks, feeding on tree resin. A threaded tail allows the frog to cling tightly to the stick no matter how hard it is banged against furniture.

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LOL Thanks, Murrough! A) I needed that laugh, B) that’s one of the best hijacks I’ve ever seen. LOL Will too!

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Cecil, i hadn’t heard that one. The frog is a reference to Will’s tune, of course, but the title of the thread is a parody. (It’s what it’s a parody of that I don’t expect anyone to get. Will’s tune is pretty popular with yellowboarders, I understand, and deservedly so.)

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Yeah, who was it who won a fleadh with it, again?

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To go way way way off topic, a bizarre frog website (that’s bizarre website, not bizarre frog, although now that I think of it…) is:
http://lostfrog.org/

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‘the frog’ is name also to the inverted bit of a standard brick …

but seriosly, i’m involved with the conservation of these creatures in the british islands and a bizaar fact is that the announcement of a new species native to england (at one ‘pingo’ site in norfolk) was made on the brink of it’s own ‘extinction’ there _the last male, named ”lucky” (but not so) died in captivity in 1999, while shagging a swedish female _i saw it with my own eyes in south london

a ‘species recovery programme’ initiated by ‘english nature’ (the official government body) with our lot (‘the herpetological conservation trust’) are re-introducing the species with swedish stock, the nearest genetically to ours

… and the name of this mysterious amphibian is the ‘pool frog’ (Rana lessonae) _larger than our ‘common (brown) frog’, this european ‘green’ frog (albeit the brown colour morph) is a sun-loving, nervious and noisier relation and even closer relation to the ‘edible frog’ whose legs are still devoured by the french and others …