this may be of some local interest
Michigan cowbell rhythm - TRY #2
if you were to expose yourself as any bigger of a dick my neighborhood watch would be looking for you.
I thought it had an extra hit in there...
I have to agree it definitely had an extra hit.
I am pretty sure it is: tap tap tap tap taptap taptap tap tap tap tap tap taptap
Hopefully you can understand my taps.
It's tap tap tap taptap tap taptap tap tap tap tap taptap.
I thought it was missing a tap
please don't do it if you can't get it right.
I've been in the student section for the last 3 years, and I think this is mostly because they started micing the band. There is a small delay between when the band is playing, and when it comes through the speakers. You are hearing two different versions, one playing about 2 beats after the other, and it is hard to keep time. I've taken to watching the band director, otherwise I really can't tell where they are in the song.
i've been in the student section since 2002 and the students have been getting progressively worse for a while. they just go way too fast (in the fight song as in life).
Since 2002? Dude, you need to graduate already.
One too many beats in the embed.
Doesn't sound right to me
That is completely wrong.
you need to get rid of the 4th bell strike
One too many hits in the initial part of the chorus. That is completely not helpful, but I can't think of a way to describe it more accurately.
Definitely wrong, as mentioned above.
Side question: For the last verse are you in favor of the seven-hit version:
Dun, dun, dun, dun, dun, dun, dun
Or the the nine hit version:
Dun, dun, dun, dun, dun-dun-dun, da-dun.
I've always favored the simple seven hit version because I think the last rendition is aimed at getting the fans to clap and shout and I don't like the cowbell taking away from it.
na na na nana na nana na na na nana hope that helped
I think you're missing one na before the last nana.
The 7th hit should be left out.
I'm not sure if I'm reading this correctly, but the way i'm guessing it should be read does sound right.
Yeah, with a Score:5, I bet it's right, but I'm not sure how to read it .
1 & 2 &a e& 4 & 1 & 2 &a Go Blue!
1 & 2 &a e a4 & 1 & 2 &a
Have you had music lessons?
before we're done here, you'll all be wearing gold plated diapers! The cat can walk baby!
But I do know this...
Edit: GWRock... you beat me by like 4 seconds...
Great minds think alike.
The best rendition of the cowbell I ever heard was at Ryan Field at the Northwestern Michigan game two years ago. It was just a really good sounding cowbell, and the guy's timing was great. Not too much, not too little.
It should be "tap tap tap taptap tap taptap tap tap tap tap taptap go blue". For the last verse I'm partial to "tap tap tap tap taptaptap taptap".
This is correct.
Yes, this is the right way, all the way through.
Apologies if someone else said this already, but this is the only correct way.
Another question, is there a specified number of times that one should play the main rhythm before playing the last verse?
It can depend on the crowd response, but in general, I'd say four is about enough.
It seems to be 3 for football and 4 for hockey, but I don't think there's actually a specified number.
It is 3 for Football and 4 for Hockey, but I believe that the Hockey one is usually played a little quicker so it might be the same time overall.
My friend has taken your comments into serious consideration, and is deeply sorry for offending the masses. He did his best to refine his technique, adhering to the comments by EZ Bud, BrewCityBlue, and ThadMattasagoblin (amongst others).
His new-and-hopefully-improved version:
Whaddya think? He'll keep at it until it's right!
Needs to be quicker
Thanks. I know the tempo should be a little quicker (but slow enough that the clappers can keep up) -- he was just trying to get the old version out of his muscle memory, so this new version required a lot of concentration.
the fourth tap should be removed. It is not the double tap that everyone thinks it is. Seriously. Try it again without the fourth tap and repost and see how much love you'll get around here.
Now that you got it correct. I'd say youre ready to get loud in the big house.
Feel like this thread needs a little life in it, since thats what the root of this thread was made for any ways.
The cadence is correct. One note - many also add two taps at the end for the "Go Blue" part of the cheer. Perhaps not strictly necessary given that everyone knows to yell it then, but it's often done.
Others have pointed out that it's too slow, which is correct - but nobody seems to have mentioned the pause between each repetition. The whole thing is 8 beats, with the final beat being a full rest for everyone to shout "GO BLUE". You have to keep that rhythm all the way through, or you'll lose the crowd.
Also, no flourish at the end. The last repetition is just 7 on-beat hits, and two hits timed with "GO BLUE" for the final beat. (Or if you're in Crisler, let the claps carry it for the last repetition - go silent with the cowbell until the final two hits for the cheer.)
only replace Rich Rodriguez with Brady Hoke and we're good.
the cadences above are basically correct. Do it 3 times + ending for football, 4 times + ending for hockey (in addition to other instances). Hockey is a bit faster than football, but both should be done decently fast...a lot of times people do it way too slow. If you aren't sure though, don't do it. Practice first, it's worth it.
This makes me wonder if there will be a whole section of the MGoCommunity bringing cowbells to games. If enough of us did this together and correctly, it would likely be misinterpreted as trying to telegraph instructions to that Russian fishing boat offshore.
Just leave your cowbell in your dorm room. 1 guy with a cowbell was funny, once. 50 dudes with cowbells gets annoying.
the rhythm. I darry a cow bell to every game and just beat the hell out of it when we score. My emotions get to goofy to try and get in sync with the rest of the crowd. JUST BEAT IT
Just stop please, before somebody gets hurt.
It is seriously sad that you guys can't get it right. Not sure Penn STate can claim the origination of the cowbell chant (I think down south, Mississippi takes the credit), but PSU fans have been doing this flawlessly for 20+ years, at least.