A few kazoo solos!
Posted November 2, 2011on:
This girl loves her kazoo! Here area a few of the songs in which a kazoo solo is fun and helpful.
When I developed the arrangement for singing “All God’s “All God’s Critters,” I asked that the music repeat the chorus 3 times at the end to make room for a kazoo solo during the second repeat. I’m like a kid in a candy shop getting to kazoo along and the look of delight on faces is so wonderful! Nobody ever really expects a kazoo and a little unexpected whimsy is always good to bring a little joy into someone’s day.
The Marvelous Toy
Words and Music by Tom Paxton
Illustrated by Steve Cox
The Marvelous Toy comes packaged with a vocal and instrumental CD, so you can sing along and it just happens to be in a perfect sing-along key and exactly matches the book’s lyrics. The track includes an instrumental break, however, and to fill the time, I play the kazoo. It’s so much fun! The kids can bop their heads and tap their knees and I get to do a little kazoo solo improv.
Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Words by Jimmy Kennedy
Music by John W. Bratton
Illustrated by Alexandra Day
Published by Scholastic Inc., New York, NY, 1983
One thing I’ve learned singing to kids is that one must fill empty space. If you don’t keep things moving (literally moving), you are sunk. Teddy Bear’s Picnic is always a favorite song. The music is just so evocative and spooky, all Calliope and carousel, and perfect for its purpose. But the music naturally includes an instrumental break. I tried taking the break out, but alas, the songs misses that music. But fill that break with kazooing and you’ve got yourself a picnic!
Yellow Submarine (Sing-A-Song Storybook)
Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Illustrated by Cathy Holly
Published by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation, Milwaukee, WI, 1993
In the song “Yellow Submarine,” play the kazoo “When the band begins to play!”
Ask the kids to “kazoo” with you! Kids can make their hand into a fist and “doo doo doo ” or hum into it. They’ll love the chance to participate!
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HAPPY NATIONAL KAZOO DAY 2012