Toph is playing a Lou Harrison piece for “violin, piano and rice bowls” with a percussion ensemble next week. Here, he’s testing out the ones he bought. He’s supposed to play it with chopsticks, but he says they’re too short, so he’s playing them with the back end of some mallets. One of his Facebook friends joked about how funny it would be to see him banging on all the bowls in the store, so I called and asked him: “Did you really bang on the dishes at IKEA?” He responded like it was totally normal: “Oh! Yeah!” Ah, the life of a percussionist.
I asked him how he knows which ones to use for which notes, and he said, “Well, I have this tuner app on my phone which works fine, but this time I just took Luke with me because he has perfect pitch. It only took us like half an hour to find them all.” I think stores should start printing the pitch of their glassware and dishes right on the bottom so drummers don’t have to go ting-tinging through the dishware section.