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MYO Clarinet

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Oftentimes people don’t think they can play instruments because of the expense, but did you know that you can make your own clarinet (at home) out of a very common item you might never have considered before…

In less than 5 minutes time you can make your own clarinet out of a carrot. Even if you don’t already have a mouthpiece, you can get one on amazon for less than $10!

You’ll need:
a Fat Carrot 187mm in length
a drill with a 12mm drill bit
alto saxophone mouthpiece(or simple clarinet mouthpiece) with 12mm OD x 35mm long Hose Joiner (Use electrical tape to increase diameter to suit mouthpiece)
optional small funnel

Cut off the ends of the carrot. Drill a hole down the center of the carrot with a 12 mm drill bit.

Swap out the drill bit to a 7mm drill bit and drill the holes at the following measurements:

Drill the thumb-hole at 22mm
Drill the 1st finger hole at: 39mm
Drill the 2nd Finger hole at: 54mm
Drill the 3rd finger hole at: 74mm
Drill the 4th finger hole at: 97mm
Drill the 5th finger hole at: 123mm
Drill the 6th finger hole at: 140mm

Use a Carrot peeler to clean up the holes by running it down 1 or 2 times down the length of the carrot.

Watch the video to see how it’s done and listen to the beautiful sound that comes from it:

Carrot clarinet | Linsey Pollak | TEDxSydney

To view complete measurements and additional help Tuning your carrot:

carrot clarinet making

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1 thought on “MYO Clarinet”

  1. That’s impressive sound out of vegetable! It’s amazing what people can do when they set their minds to something, I totally want to give this a try.


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