Dec 12, 2006

How to Play Glasses?

Tonight during the Nip/Tuck season finale, there was a Tanqueray commercial in which an old man plays martini glasses like an instrument. I have never seen it done in real life, so I wondered if it was actually possible.

Only, I have no idea how to search for it. What is it? What is the act of playing half-full glasses called? I don't really want to lear, but I would at least like to know how it is done and what logic lies behind it. Also, the history would be coold as well.

Anyone out there an expert on the subject?


  1. I haven't seen the commercial, but did he make a sort of violin noise by running his finger around the rim of the martini glasses?

  2. My dad can do that.

    Here's more info on "armonica"...

  3. Yeah, he used martini glasses in the commercial. I don't know if that's possible, because I've only seen it with wine glasses.

    And thanks, Aza, for the article. I typed in glass harmonica the other night and wasn't sure if it meant the same thing. Thanks.

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  5. I've seen it done, but I don't know what it's called. Or...I have have been hallucinating at the time. 8-)

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  6. A pal of mine named Jamey Turner plays his glass harp on weekends in Old Town Alexandria VA, when the weather is nice, near the Torpedo Factory.

    Look here for a sample.