What am I tootling today?

January 28, 2014


Today is National Kazoo Day – celebrating 146 years of kazoo playing in the USA.

The kazoo is a musical instrument that adds a “buzzing” timbral quality to a player’s voice when the player vocalizes into it. The kazoo is a type of mirliton, which is a membranophone, one of a class of instruments which modifies its player’s voice by way of a vibrating membrane. (Wikipedia)

This weirdly disturbing video describes the history of kazoos.

A little bit of kazoo science:

kazoo dynamics

I really, really want this one:

kazoo metal_plane

You can even buy an electrified kazoo that will plug into your amplifier:

kazoo 4

Fun for the whole family:

kazoo 3

Did I ever tell you that I was once the director of a kazoo band?


  1. How interesting! I had a kazoo as a kid… EVERYONE did.

    • Yes, I consider myself a kazoo virtuoso (everyone is)!

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