The rhythm of the glass song is based on "the glass game", an old childhood game. The song about the glass was created by the band Lulu and the Lampshades and was popularized in the movie Perfect Notes. It can be divided into three easy-to-learn parts.
Part 1 of 3: Start the song from the glass
Step 1. Place the glass on the table
To prepare to do the song about the glass, place a glass on a table. The glass should be upside down. Leave a little space on each side of the glass.
The best is a plastic cup. Don't use a glass or heavy glass until after you've perfected the song on the glass
Step 2. Clap twice
Slap twice directly on top of the glass. Hands should be on top of the glass.
If your hands are too far from the glass, it will be more difficult for you to increase your speed
Step 3. Tap the top of the glass three times
Alternate hands in this step. Start with the right hand, then the left, and then the right. You will hit the glass mainly with your fingertips.
Alternatively, you could tap the table three times on each side of the glass. Anyway you should alternate from the right hand to the left to the right
Part 2 of 3: Move the glass
Step 1. Clap
He slaps on top of the glass again. Make sure you are still about 6 inches (15 cm) above the glass, but this time just give a pat.
Step 2. Raise the glass
Hold the bottom of the glass with your right hand. Raise the glass by holding it about 2 to 3 inches (5.1 to 7.6 cm) above the table. Try to make an audible sound when holding the glass.
Step 3. Move the glass to the right and place it on the table
Move the glass about 3 inches to the right. Support the glass by making another audible sound. The glass should remain upside down.
Part 3 of 3: Flip the Glass
Step 1. Clap
He slaps the glass on it again. Keep your hands about 6 inches (15 cm) above him.
Step 2. Hold the glass with your right hand
Rotate your right hand so that the thumb is pointing down and the palm is pointing to the right. Hold the glass with your hand.
Step 3. Turn the glass
Rotate the glass naturally 90 degrees clockwise. The rim (or opening) of the glass should face to the left.
Step 4. Tap the rim of the glass
With the palm of your hand, hit the opening of the glass. Make sure your hand comes into contact with the edge to make another audible noise.
Step 5. Continue turning the glass approximately 45 degrees
Rotate the glass a bit more in a fluid motion. The glass should be almost straight in a vertical direction with the rim up.
Step 6. Tap the rim of the glass against the table
Before the glass reaches the upright position, tap the bottom edge against the table.
Step 7. Pass the glass to the left hand
Keep turning the glass clockwise. Hold the bottom of the glass with your left hand. Try to make another audible noise when your left hand touches the glass. These noises keep the rhythm of the song in the glass.
Step 8. Strike your right hand against the table
Cross your right arm to hit the table near the left side of your body.
Step 9. Put the glass back on the table
Cross your left arm over your right and rest your glass firmly on the table. The glass should fall back over the edge, near the right side of your body.
Step 10. Repeat
Keep practicing the song of the glass until you do it more quickly. When you feel comfortable with the movements, try doing it to the beat of the song "When I'm Gone." The movements are repeated throughout the song.
- Make the song out of the glass on a table or other hard surface for the best results.
- Do the moves to the beat of the song "When I'm Gone."
- Use a plastic cup. This is of particular importance when practicing. You should only switch to a glass tumbler when you feel very comfortable with the movements.
- It takes a lot of practice to make the glass song.
- Avoid slapping, hitting or holding the glass too hard to avoid damage.