In this week’s edition of 4Friday, I explore the amazing world of music made with straw flutes. That’s “straw” as in “drinking straws” from McDonald’s!
I saw this video on Facebook a few days ago of Danish musician Peter Bastian playing a Bulgarian folk song, and was completely blown away with how beautiful it sounded! At first I thought it was some sort of native folk flute…but then I discovered that he was playing on a McDonald’s straw! Watch the video here:
I got a little obsessed with researching how to make one of these straw flutes for myself, and came up with a few tutorials. This one by Annie Brunson seems to be the easiest.
Toru Kamiya takes straw flutes to the extreme – he makes the most amazing, whimsical instruments, all using only regular drinking straws. Incredible!
Toru Kamiya is a genius. Here are some more examples of his incredible straw flutes (LOVE the polyphonic versions!) The kids’ reactions are precious!