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The Addam’s Family Saw! Happy Halloween!

One of the best saw players in the world is the marvelous Gladys Hulot from France. She is also a great theremin player and artist. Her videos are fun and creative, and here, you can see her play two instruments, the saw and the theremin. She is playing a lame sonore, French for “singing blade.” The lame sonore is a type of musical saw that is usually heavier steel than a regular handsaw and has no teeth. Because of this, these saws have a fuller sound. Many saw players also play the theremin because the sound is similar to a saw, and both instruments require tremendous concentration. A slight movement while playing either instrument can cause an unwanted change in pitch. Gladys makes it look easy, but it isn’t. She’s incredibly talented. Take a few minutes to listen. Happy Halloween!

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Rowena Southard, your blog hostess, is a musical saw enthusiast who lives in California. She loves all kinds of music and has a special fondness for unusual instruments.