Thursday, May 29, 2008

Musical Instruments Invented in the US

Glass Armonica

The Glass Armonica, invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761. Fantastic sound. I think making one of these would be a good project for some of our local glass artists.

The Kazoo, invented by Alabama Vest in the mid-1800's. Kazoo's add interest to an orchestra, but I don't truly appreciate them on their own.


The Banjo, invented by slaves in early America, and popularized in the 1830's. Rockhoppers has a house banjo, if you want to try your hand at playing. Here's Pete Seeger to show you how:

Inventing on Whidbey Island.

1 comment:

Journeyman said...

There is a new stringed instrument to include in the list of musical instruments invented in the USA:

In March of 2011, Appalachian Blues artist David Ridge invented the BanaStar.

The BanaStar Project

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