When I was a child, every Saturday night I watched “The Lawrence Welk Show” with my folks.  I was already taking piano lessons, but when it was time to choose a band instrument to play in school, I was drawn to the “licorice stick” – the clarinet.

Most uncommon instruments are not the first choice of a musician.  Once you learn to play the clarinet, you can move on to the saxophone and several other reed instruments with identical or similar fingerings.

Today we celebrate uncommon and unusual instruments.  Here are just a few examples:


Other musical instruments considered uncommon are the bubble organ, laser harp, clackamore, fluba, dulcimer and double violin.

Making cool musical sounds with unconventional instruments is nothing new.  Back in the 1920’s, there was a musical saw quartet!


I think the most unusual and entertaining orchestra today is the VEGETABLE ORCHESTRA.  Have you heard of them?  I must admit, I have not – so let’s listen to this new sound together.

I just had a funny thought.  Maybe I should try to play a carrot because heaven knows I have a lousy armature and can’t play a traditional reed instrument to save my life!

Here is an unusual and calming sound.  Let’s take a listen…

Musical eccentricities abound these days because musicians are explorers and always trying new ways of doing things.  We want a certain sound and work until we get it.  I wouldn’t say we’re stubborn…  oh wait, yes I would.  Never mind.

Today would be a great day to get with the kids at the computer and google some of the more unusual musical instruments.  Maybe one of your kids will be a virtuoso in the vegetable orchestra.  Well – there are worse things, mom and dad.  After all, think of the cost of a carrot compared to the amount you would spend on a traditional licorice stick.  Jus’ sayin’…  🙂