Unicycling While playing an Instrument

Hello!

    Has anyone ever tried riding a unicycling while playing some sort
    of instrument? A couple of times I have thought about either play
    my Sax, or my Bag-pipes on it, but thought I might crash and hurt
    the instrument. Has anyone tried it? Is it hard? Are there any
    major problems?

                                                    Chris Cline MUni-Cow

RE: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

> cell phone in case I got paged. As it happened the pager went off. Knowing my
> duty to the corporation but not wanting to stop my ride, I got out the cell
> phone and made my call back to work to find out what the problem was. The
> arrangement worked pretty well, until the phone ran out of power. I will
> admit, though, that I felt a lot more conspicuous than usual as I rode past
> bicyclists and walkers.

At least using a cell phone while unicycling probably doesn’t cause a big
increase in your vehicle’s danger to other towpath users… :slight_smile:

jf

RE: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

On Friday, April 23, 1999 4:17 AM, John hoy
[SMTP:unibum@m-net.arbornet.org] wrote:
> I have played the shakuhachi flute on a unicycle but I decided that it was too
> risky. The shakuhachi, being an endblown flute, could have been shoved down my
> throat in a crash, which could be even more unpleasant than it sounds. A
> transverse flute would be safer.

I guess I might as well come in at this point with the penny whistle (flageolet)
and harmonica (not at the same time).

Danny Colyer danny@mos.clara.net Wondering what happened to the unicycle morris
dancing he was involved in a few years ago - to an accordion playing unicyclist.

RE: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

On the Been There, Done That page
(http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/btdt/btdt.html) there are references to
the following instruments known to have been played on a unicycle:

Piano-Accordion Trombone Guitar Bagpipes Tuba Recorder

More info is available on that page.

I am always looking for more stories about more instruments.

Julian Orbach mailto:Julian.Orbach@unforgettable.com

RE: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

> IIRC at the 1998 British Juggling Convention four people played violins on
> unis, on of them on a tall giraffe. Sorry, didn’t have a tape measure at
> the time.

Four people on a tall giraffe is pretty amazing even without the violins!
:slight_smile:

Stay on top,

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com

RE: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

I have been known to play “The Too Fat Polka” on my accordion while riding my
unicycle. Fortunately no one has pictures of it and if anyone asks me about it
I’ll deny everything. :slight_smile:

Now, if I can only learn to play “Entry of the Gladiators” on the accordion and
ride at the same time.

John john_childs@hotmail.com


Get Free Email and Do More On The Web. Visit http://www.msn.com

RE: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

> Now, if I can only learn to play “Entry of the Gladiators” on the accordion
> and ride at the same time.

Nooo! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Not that song! No! Not again! (especially an
accordion version)

There is a disease in all of us. It lies beneath the surface, waiting for the
appropriate moments to be triggered and come to the surface. I call it ‘Circus
Music Disease’. It happens to perfectly normal people. I bet we’ve all heard it.
For example. You’re riding down the street, and some normal pedestrians see you.
All of a sudden, one of them breaks into an acapella version of Entry of the
Gladiators. You know how it goes: “Deet deet de-de-de-de-deet deet dee dee deet
deet de-de-de-de-deet deet dee dee…”

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

I was even on a TV show once, where the host started doing this unconsciously. I
think people start doing it without even realizing. Anyone ever notice this
phenomenon?

I was actually thinking of doing a Freestyle performance at NUC this summer on
this subject. Can anyone think of a way I can actually kill this song in a 3
minute time limit? I know I can’t really “kill” it, because it lives everywhere,
lying dormant in all of our brains! But any fun ideas will be welcome.

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone Entry of the Gladiators-hater
http://www.unicycling.com

Re: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

I remember seeing a guy play a guitar on a talent quest whilst idling a 6
ft. giraffe.

He got a really bad score from the judges and he wasn’t too happy.

I might bring my bugle on my next ride (charge!)

Wayne van Wijk.

-----Original Message----- From: The Cline’s <ncline@eup.k12.mi.us> To:
unicycling@winternet.com <unicycling@winternet.com> Date: Friday, April 23, 1999
10:10 AM Subject: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

>Hello!
>
> Has anyone ever tried riding a unicycling while playing some sort of
> instrument? A couple of times I have thought about either play my Sax, or my
> Bag-pipes on it, but thought I might crash and hurt the instrument. Has anyone
> tried it? Is it hard? Are there any major problems?
>
> Chris Cline MUni-Cow

RE: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

To John Foss and everyone else

I was not at all serious about wanting to play “that song” on the accordion
while riding a unicycle. It was a joke. I do not play the accordion in public
and “that song” is beyond my limited accordion playing abilities. You are all
safe (for now).

Now if I was to play “Lady of Spain” that would be the ultimate
accordion cliche.

John john_childs@hotmail.com

>> Now, if I can only learn to play “Entry of the Gladiators” on the accordion
>> and ride at the same time.
>
>Nooo! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Not that song! No! Not again! (especially an
>accordion version)


Get Free Email and Do More On The Web. Visit http://www.msn.com

Re: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

play the bagpipes on your uni and you’ve got a busking show right there!

i suggest doing something to protect the seat and let the uni fall instead of
the instrument. just like how you learned to juggle and uni at the same time.

Re: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

I don’t play any instrument personnally, but I have seen a dutch bicycle
marching band, (quite a job for the drummer, drums attached to the handle bars)

As far as crashing if you don’t worry about catching the uni a crash would
probably leave you standing holding your instrument, as for the uni that’s a
different question altogether,

Find an empty gymnasium (lots of space and a smooth floor) with no bumps to
worry about, you can concentrate on the playing and not the riding,

RE: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

I have played the shakuhachi flute on a unicycle but I decided that it was too
risky. The shakuhachi, being an endblown flute, could have been shoved down my
throat in a crash, which could be even more unpleasant than it sounds. A
transverse flute would be safer.

jh

On Fri, 23 Apr 1999, Orbach, Julian wrote:

> On the Been There, Done That page
> (http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/btdt/btdt.html) there are references to
> the following instruments known to have been played on a unicycle:
>
> Piano-Accordion Trombone Guitar Bagpipes Tuba Recorder
>
> More info is available on that page.
>
> I am always looking for more stories about more instruments.
>
> Julian Orbach mailto:Julian.Orbach@unforgettable.com

Re: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

The Cline’s <ncline@eup.k12.mi.us> wrote:
>
> Has anyone ever tried riding a unicycling while playing some sort of
> instrument? A couple of times I have thought about either play my Sax,
> or my Bag-pipes on it, but thought I might crash and hurt the
> instrument. Has anyone tried it? Is it hard? Are there any major
> problems?

IIRC at the 1998 British Juggling Convention four people played violins on unis,
on of them on a tall giraffe. Sorry, didn’t have a tape measure at the time.

Best, Borislav

Re: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

I sometimes play the fiddle while riding. It’s fun! It seems that if you can do
both, putting them together is the easy part.

-Kris.

At 09:48 PM 4/21/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Hello!
>
> Has anyone ever tried riding a unicycling while playing some sort of
> instrument? A couple of times I have thought about either play my Sax,
> or my Bag-pipes on it, but thought I might crash and hurt the
> instrument. Has anyone tried it? Is it hard? Are there any major
> problems?
>
> Chris Cline MUni-Cow
>


Kris Holm, B.Sc. Geologist, Forestry Group, EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd.
Suite 550, Sun Life Plaza, 1100 Melville Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6E 4A6
Tel:(604) 685-0275 Fax:(604) 684-6241 Email: kholm@eba.ca

Re: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

johnx.foss@intel.com (Foss, JohnX) writes:
>version of Entry of the Gladiators. You know how it goes: "Deet deet
>de-de-de-de-deet deet dee dee deet deet de-de-de-de-deet deet dee dee…"
>
>AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
>
>I was even on a TV show once, where the host started doing this unconsciously.
>I think people start doing it without even realizing. Anyone ever notice this
>phenomenon?

yes indeed, it is EVERYWHERE. that song is one of the largest single obstacles
that the world of unicycling faces in the quest for respect from the rest of the
world. this is a stereo type we must destroy. maybe we should lobby for
“unicycle awareness and sterotype diversity training” in schools. last summer i
did a live, on location tv interview with a local sports caster and unbeknownst
to me the guys back at the station had that music ready to go. i had no idea
until i got home and played the tape i had in the vcr. i couldnt believe that
they would actually use it during a sports segment. ugh!

>I was actually thinking of doing a Freestyle performance at NUC this
>summer on this subject. Can anyone think of a way I can actually kill this
>song in a 3 minute time limit? I know I can’t really “kill” it, because it
>lives everywhere, lying dormant in all of our brains! But any fun ideas
>will be welcome.

this is a piece i cant wait to see! if i have any ideas, i will surely
let you know.

until the future, dustin another EotG hater

<http://www.gilby.com/t-shirts/up.html>

>
>John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone Entry of the Gladiators-hater
>http://www.unicycling.com

Re: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

I saw a lad, may be 13 years old at a guess, down in Cardiff playing the violin
whilst hovering on a uni. I can’t play any instrument and find hovering
difficult on its own!

Re: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

David Moss wrote:

> play the bagpipes on your uni and you’ve got a busking show right there!
>
> i suggest doing something to protect the seat and let the uni fall instead of
> the instrument. just like how you learned to juggle and uni at the same time.

To protect my seat the first thing I did was cover it in duct tape. Works
great! If you don’t want to leave that sticky residue then I suggestfirst
putting a piece of cloth over the seat and then taping. joel

Re: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

> On the Been There, Done That page
> (http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/btdt/btdt.html) there are references to
> the following instruments known to have been played on a unicycle:
>
> Piano-Accordion Trombone Guitar Bagpipes Tuba Recorder
>
> More info is available on that page.
>
> I am always looking for more stories about more instruments.

It’s not an instrument, but this is a chance to tell a story. This Sunday I was
riding my 28" Semcycle on the Towpath trail, a multi-use trail between Akron and
Cleveland along the old Ohio Canal. I was on pager duty last week, and had a
cell phone in case I got paged. As it happened the pager went off. Knowing my
duty to the corporation but not wanting to stop my ride, I got out the cell
phone and made my call back to work to find out what the problem was. The
arrangement worked pretty well, until the phone ran out of power. I will admit,
though, that I felt a lot more conspicuous than usual as I rode past bicyclists
and walkers.

Beirne


Beirne “Bern” Konarski | Unicycling Home Page: beirne@neo.lrun.com |
http://www.unicycling.org “Untouched by Scandal” | Unicycling Society of
America:
| http://www.unicycling.org/usa/

Re: Unicycling While playing an Instrument

beirne wrote:

> It’s not an instrument, but this is a chance to tell a story. This Sunday I
> was riding my 28" Semcycle on the Towpath trail, a multi-use trail between
> Akron and Cleveland along the old Ohio Canal. I was on pager duty last week,
> and had a cell phone in case I got paged. As it happened the pager went off.
> Knowing my duty to the corporation but not wanting to stop my ride, I got out
> the cell phone and made my call back to work to find out what the problem was.
> The arrangement worked pretty well, until the phone ran out of power. I will
> admit, though, that I felt a lot more conspicuous than usual as I rode past
> bicyclists and walkers.

I was called by one of my clients one Friday night; after 10 minutes or so
discussing some problem or other about the project I was working on he asked "
why are you panting?". I had to explain that I was returning from the pub with a
friend, in the dark, on a rather windy, steep single track path over the top of
the North Yorkshire Moors, on my unicycle…

Roger