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Thread #112030   Message #2366320
Posted By: Greg B
15-Jun-08 - 09:49 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Pewter Tankards
Subject: RE: Folklore: Pewter Tankards
Some a capella folk ensembles seem to grasp tankards while singing
as a sort of stage prop.

The first time I had occasion to affect such a thing myself, I
observed that the tankard actually could act as a sort of vocal
monitor, reflecting one's own voice back and aiding greatly in
distinguishing pitch, when held at the right angle and when
less than half-full (for an optimist).

So the question is, if Ewan MacColl had affected a tankard, might he
have spent less time with his finger stuffed in his ear-hole?