January 28th National Kazoo Day

Even if you have a tin ear you can play a kazoo. Maybe not all that well, but you can still play it. Just the saying the word kazoo brings fun to mind. Of course most people abuse this musical instrument, just blowing, or humming, any tune into it and getting the expected result. But an artist can make it sound like… well, someone humming into a kazoo but in key. You don’t need to read music, you don’t even need to be able to read anything! You do not need to spend years learning the proper use. Just buy it and blow.

How to celebrate – Buy a kazoo. Start a kazoo band. Lead a Kazoo parade!

January 28th National Kazoo Day

Ah, the musical instrument anyone can play, so long as you have lips! With as simple as the design is, you might think the kazoo has been with us since the beginning of time, but it hasn’t.

The first vented kazoo was created in the 1840’s, made by Alabama Vest in Macon, Georgia. His instrument was crudely made calling for Thaddeus Von Clegg, in Germany, to find ways to improve it and make it resemble what we know the kazoo to look like today.

It was not mass manufactured until 1912 when Emil Sorg and Michael McIntyre started making them on an assembly line. The price naturally dropped making it probably the most affordable musical instruments one can buy. Of course, the better the quality the better the sound and the longer they will last.

It is the perfect kitchen band instrument, good for sing-a-longs and to entertain those around you. They may not always be in tune but they are fun and it’s hard to keep from smiling when one is being played.

How to celebrate – Go buy a good quality kazoo! Form a Kazoo kitchen band. Learn how to make your own kazoo.

May 22nd National Buy A Musical Instrument Day

Music can calm the beast. Music is used as therapy. Music can help us remember fond moments we have had in the past. Or, music can bring you instant joy by playing it yourself. You get a sense of accomplishment and may even inspire others!

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Renting or borrowing a musical instrument is almost a sure way to prove you are not going to learn how to play it. Even before you have started you are giving yourself an out for quitting. Buy one, showing that commitment and sometimes forcing yourself to learn something because you spent good money on it is the only way to be successful.

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And don;t buy a piece of junk. Learning a musical instrument can be challenging enough. I use to teach guitar and I saw so many people buying their children a $50.00 special and I knew the child was not going to learn to play. Pros don’t play on $50.00 specials where the strings are a mile from the fret board and it will not tune properly. How can you expect a student to play such an instrument?

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Years ago, people bought organs for home entertainment, instrument that had so many automatic features on them that they required little effort to play. Thankfully it seems those days are long gone by. If you are going to play, even if it’s just for fun, learn to play the right way.

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And if you really want to annoy the family, the neighbors and the entire block, buy a set of drums and start learning how to play. That way, everyone can enjoy your effort! Seriously though, buy a musical instrument and give it a go. The only thing you can regret is that you never tried at all.

How to celebrate -Choose a musical instrument to buy. Make sure you are having fun, you won’t learn otherwise. Make the investment in yourself to create your own memories.

January 28th National Kazoo Day

If there is one musical instrument that everyone can play it’s the kazoo. Naturally, some are better than others and some should not even try this simple instrument, but it requires very little skill and only the minimal musical ear.

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There is some debate as to the actual date of National Kazoo Day. Some say it is the fourth Thursday in January, others say it is the 28th. So, January 23-29, the entire week, has been turned into Kazoo Week. The day of celebration was apparently created by Chaplin Willard Rahn in his “Joyful Noise Kazoo Band” book.

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The kazoo has been around for over 165 years. Invented sometime in the 1840’s it was first popularly demonstrated at 1852 Georgia State Fair.It was called the “Down South Submarine”. The Alabama Vest (An African-American organization) and Thaddeus Von Clegg (A German clock maker) are credited as the inventors of the kazoo.

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Commercial production of the kazoo began in Western New York in 1912 when Emil Sorg and Michael McIntyre partnered to make this remarkably simple instrument. Since then the kaoo has appeared in nearly every band, assembly and school across America.

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There are even professional kazoos today that can be plugged into an mixer and amplified for all to hear. Oh joy.

How to celebrate – Get your own kazoo and start making music instantly. Form your own kazoo band. Test out several kazoo to find the one thatgives you the optimal sound.