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9 Musical Instruments Your Kids Could Learn That Are Way Cooler Than Piano

Armed with proficiency in one of these babies, your son or daughter will be Harvard app ready and a talent show baller!

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2. Harpsichord

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Before there were pianos, there were harpsichords. If you take an ordinary piano and put thumbtacks on the hammers, you might get a sound kinda similar... and you might also break your piano.

This girl's parents knew what's up.

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3. Glass Harmonica

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When he wasn't inventing electricity, and sleeping with every woman in France, Benjamin Franklin found time to invent the Glass Harmonica. AND, unlike most musical instruments, practicing this one, might literally drive you crazy!

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4. Musical Saw

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Somewhere between a violin and an electric guitar, suitable for parties, cherry trees, or an alien funeral.

I dare you not to be turned on by Britain's Got Talent star Austin Blackburn's Ave Maria!

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8. Theremin

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It kinda looks like a (really) old cellphone, or the cable box on your dad's TV that he refuses to get rid of, but don't be fooled. The Theremin's awesomeness, which comes by plucking invisible electric "strings," is so bizarre that you just have to see it to believe it!

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9. Zeusaphone

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Maybe save this one for the older kids or if the Theremin was too pussyfoot for you. Believe it or not, it's surprisingly easy (and dangerous) to make your own Tesla Coil, which is all a Zeusaphone really is!

You'll never play Fur Elise again!

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