"Yuck" – An Easy Bucket Piece
Rote + Notation
Epic-but-Easy Bucket + Trash Can Instruction
"Yuck" can be played as a 1 or 2 part piece.
Each part can stand on its own, or they can be played together in any combination (the group does not need to be split evenly to do this).
Part 1: (easy) for beginning-level or struggling players.
A simple groove repeated throughout the piece on "bass" trash cans or buckets.
Part 2: (medium-easy) for players who are up for an extra challenge.
Includes 3 sections that get progressively harder for buckets.
If played with 2 parts, everyone comes together in the end for an intense, 4-measure "call-and-response" grand finale.
These two levels of music allow students to feel successful at the level they're at, alleviating boredom for the kids who catch on quickly and overwhelm for beginners. Of course, never tell them which part is easier – I suggest making both groups (especially the bass can group) feel extra-special that their part is super important.
Yuck is really flexible + there are a myriad of variations... splitting rhythms, visuals, stick clicks, changing groove patterns, and more. Depending on how advanced your more advanced students are, I've made multiple variations of the bucket part over the years. Try them all out and pick the one that suits your group best – or make up your own variation!
Program Notes: Written by Skye "Coach K" Quinman, born 1987. Yuck was written in 2004.
Teaching Yuck to a New Group:
Creative Yuck Interpretation:
Performing Yuck with Multiple Skill Levels:
Students Surprise Unsuspecting Families:
Swap Places for the Yuck Grand Finale!
What Teachers Are Saying...
"Thanks for these great resources! I'm very excited to bring these to my 4th/5th grade students. Thanks for posting these videos – very educational!"
"Just did this with my 7th grade music class. They loved it and were able to catch on pretty quick. Thanks for the lesson!"
"This was awesome! I love the way you break it down. Much more teachable! Thanks!!"
"We have been working on Yuck for two weeks, and they are eating it up!!! My whole school is drumming! I love it!"