Video Previews of the Reed Instrument

These are very short: only 5 seconds long. If you don't know how to play them, see the instructions at the bottom of the page.

Here you can see and hear my son test the reeds on the straw. here

Here you can see and hear me playing a tune variously known in my part of the world as "The Alphabet Song," "ABC," "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," or "Baa Baa Black Sheep." here

Here is an interesting and funny couple of clips of my daughter playing longer and longer instruments, resulting in a lower and lower pitch. Here is 3 straws connected and here is 4 straws connected. How low can you go?

Here I am attempting to play "On Top of Old Smokey," but it turned into a blooper.

Here is a regular picture of my daughter playing a 4-straw reed instrument, bent around so the whole thing fits.

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If you have a fast internet connection, you should be able to simply point and click to play the short MPEG movie. If the picture is halting the first time through, click play on your media player and it ought to play smoothly the second time.

You will almost certainly have to hit play a second time if you have a dial-up internet connection. If you still can't get it to run smoothly, you will have to right-click, then "save file as..." or something similar to that. Take note of where you are saving it. They are short and highly compressed, so they won't take long to load. Even with a fast connection, save the file like that if the picture is jerky. To play the file, find it and double-click on it. It will play in the default media player.