23 Weird Musical Instruments

Last week I was on vacation in Arizona, and if you know my family at all, you will not be surprised to hear that one of our stops was at the Musical Instrument Museum.

Yes, it exists.

Yes, it exists.

I learned that musical instruments come from all different times, all over the world, in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and sounds.

First, we’ll start with the old-looking ones.

A Tungehorn, AKA an old-looking clarinet

A Tungehorn, AKA an old-looking clarinet

Chapeau Chinois (bell tree) from Belgium

Chapeau Chinois (bell tree) from Belgium

Harpsichord

Harpsichord with the key colors backwards

Some type of horn from Scandinavia

Some type of horn from Scandinavia

These next instruments, some teenage boy was just like, “Lemme grab some random crap and make noises to impress someone.”

Cantaro (vessel drum) from Spain

Cantaro (vessel drum) from Spain

Shell castanets

Shell castanets

Klepelo (clapper)

Klepelo (clapper)

Reque-reque (scraper) from Portugal

Reque-reque (scraper) from Portugal

Frottoir (scraper), USA

Frottoir (scraper), USA

And at the most basic level..."The Stick"

And at the most basic level…”The Stick”

But if everyone just played THESE instruments, maybe band people would get a good rap:

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Basson russe (bass horn) possibly from France

Basson russe (bass horn) possibly from France

Drum from the Beijing Olympics

Drum from the Beijing Olympics

At the Musical Instrument Museum, I learned that size does matter…

Bass trumpet, AKA "tuba in trumpet form." The trumpet right above it is a normal size.

Bass trumpet, AKA “tuba in trumpet form.” The trumpet right above it is a normal size.

Martin trumpet (do I see a theme here?)

Martin trumpet (do I see a theme here?)

A harmonica trying to do its part!

A harmonica trying to do its part! And wait…does that say trumpet again??

Not your mother's hand bells.

Not your mother’s hand bells.

…but animals apparently don’t matter.

Some bag pipe variations

Some bagpipe variations

This is called a Zaqq...MOOOOOO

This is called a Zaqq…MOOOOOO

Also, somehow Taylor Swift made it in here.

Taylor Swift

She shared a floor with an awesome, historic military piano that was parachuted down to soldiers during WWII.

G.I. Field Piano

G.I. Field Piano

Most importantly, though, I found a solution for all marching band directors’ problems: instruments that play themselves.

Sax mechanical mouth organ

Sax mechanical mouth organ

Trumpet mechanical mouth organ

Trumpet mechanical mouth organ

My dream: Clarola, the mechanical clarinet

My dream: Clarola, the mechanical clarinet

The Musical Instrument Museum was actually one of the coolest museums I have ever been to! Make sure to visit if you are ever in Phoenix.

Musical Instrument Museum donations

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