#27) How to Turn Your Vegetables into Instruments

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Time: 2-4hrs

Cost: $50

Difficult: Easy

Ability to Annoy Roommates: Increased Astronomically


The Peak of my Musical Career

“Never in my life have I felt more a part of my essence as I did when I played upon the gentle sweet potato and crisp zuchinni. It was as if the pure organic nature of the vegetables took a hold me, and whispered into my ear inspiraaation

Is what I would say if I was trying to get your attention. From a completely honest standpoint, this was probably the opposite of of the peak my musical career (which is not saying much), but will most likely (and hopefully) get more attention than any of my other musical endeavors. Irony, she’s a cold hearted b-swear ain’t she?

That said, this was awesome, a ton of fun and the perfect chance to relearn ye ol’ ways of the reed, and see first hand how the amazing Lindsay Pollak and his Carrot Clarinet made this happen.


How does it Work?

As outlined at the end of the video, every reed instrument relies on a relationship created from the air that is being pushed into the tube, and the reed itself. When the air is vibrating in the tube, the natural frequency of the vibration within the tube forces the reed to vibrate in a similar matter, in turn creating the sensual sounds we are all fond of hearing…

Here is a graph with a bunch of measurements I don’t fully understand in order to make this section seem more sciencey.

Which is why it is much more difficult with soft vegetables. The squishy insides of these vegetables make it difficult for the necessary vibrations to occur, therefore making the interaction between the natural frequency of the air in the tube and the reed extremely difficult to produce.

How to Build Your Own Verinet (Vegetable Clarinet)


  • 1X 12mm drill bit
  • 1X 7mm drill bit
  • 1X oil funnel
  • 1X clarinet mouth piece
  • 1X clarinet reed
  • 1X 12mm connector piece
  • 1X ruler
  • 1X knife
  • A bunch of phallic looking vegetables. Carrots and Zucchini’s work best.


  •  Total Length of Vegetable: 187mm
  • Thumb Hole: 22mm
  • First Hole: 39mm
  • Second Hole: 54mm
  • Third Hole: 74mm
  • Fourth Hole: 97mm
  • Fifth Hole: 123 mm
  • Sixth Hole: 140mm

Here is a video instruction as well.

Also, if you have never played a reed instrument before, here is a crash course on how to get started!

What did I learn?

Making stuff is hard. Making musical instruments? 10 times harder. Making musical instruments that sound good? 20 times harder.

Trying to put together something that sounded good throughout this whole experience was a challenge, something that (to be totally honest) I don’t think I accomplished. I have no regrets.

This said, overall it was a great experience. I got to relearn my reed playing skills, learn a bit about the physics of instruments, and play some music on vegetables. How many people can say they’ve done all that in a week?!?!

Thanks for reading. And we’ll talk next week 🙂


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