Substitute for the Cow Bell?

You decide whether this Vietnamese instrument can stand up to a cow bell! Watch the video below to hear the instrument and watch how you can use it to interact with nature. Ok, maybe I was exaggerating about the squirrels… See for yourself.

Click play!

By the way, my friend and inventor of the Boomwhackers® Craig Ramsell is running this really cool campaign to get some new music education software up and going. If you’re feeling generous, then make sure to give a little to his awesome project and watch it bloom!

Now for some real chun mo jamming:

The question still stands: Is the chun mo a good substitute for the cow bell?

Here’s my vote: nahhhhhhhh. Second place though!

What do YOU think?

16 Responses to Substitute for the Cow Bell?

  1. Susan February 6, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Hi Kat,
    I’ve had one of those chun mos for about 20 years. One of the families I work with gave it to me as a gift and we use it all the time in my classes. It is definitely more popular than the cowbell in my studio! Love it and thanks for digging up the name!

    • Kat Fulton February 6, 2012 at 11:52 am #

      This instrument sounds even *better* when it’s given as a gift! =) Soooo great that you’ve had one for so long! Thanks for sharing Susan.

  2. JoAnn Jordan February 6, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    How cool. I wasn’t able to find them at shakerman.com (though he has great stuff at great prices), but I found two sizes at themusicstand.com . Have it on my wish list!

    • Kat Fulton February 6, 2012 at 11:53 am #

      Thanks for supplying us with a good site, JoAnn! Yes – Shakerman said he ran out… But I hope he brings them back. I love the chun mos!

  3. Natalie Mullis, MT-BC February 6, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    AHHH SO COOL! I’m going to go get one now.

    • Kat Fulton February 6, 2012 at 11:55 am #

      That’s right mama! Get it! =)

  4. Debi Kret-Melton February 6, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    Hey Kat, that is a cool instrument, and now I want on too! I have worked with lots of young kids, many of whom are rhythmically challenged, despite my best efforts at entrainment, I can just hear the cacophony! So no cowbell for this MT. Metal sounds can really upset kids on the Autism spectrum too, so I stick with wood instruments. But I still love SNL cowbell skit…

    BTW your awesome plant is a member of the century plant family and after it blooms completely it will die…but EVERY one of those flowers has the potential to create a new plant so when the one dies, many more will take it’s place. Pretty awesome, Huh?!

    • Kat Fulton February 6, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      Ah HA! Thanks for the plant tip, Debi. Now I know…..

  5. Kimberly Sena Moore February 6, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    We just purchased one of those for my 5-year-old last week. He loves it! Now I know what to call it :) Didn’t leave my 3-year-old out…we got her a mini rainstick :) ~Kimberly

    • Kat Fulton February 6, 2012 at 11:59 am #

      Wow – So cool to hear about you sharing the chun mo with your little guy, Kim! I’m glad you didn’t leave your littler one out, too =)

  6. marcos ribas February 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Hi Kat, I had one of those some time ago, but i don´t have it any more!!! It´s great instrument and never knew how it was called or where it came from. It was a gift from someone who travelled to the US.

    Thanks for all that you do and the good vibes!! I been so bussy but hope i will be able to stay more tuned with your psotings!!

    un abrazo from the southest part of the planet!!

    • Kat Fulton February 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      Hi Marcos! Ah – don’t you just love instrument gifts? Thanks for stopping by my little web space on your travels! Great to hear from you and the southeastern part of the planet! =)

  7. Rachel Rilinger February 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    yay! This looks awesome! Jealous of you getting to play music outdoors in February!

    • Kat Fulton February 7, 2012 at 8:43 am #

      Hee hee =) It’s the benefit of living in Southern California!

  8. Mom February 7, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    ♥ U. What a great video. I want to share with E & W.

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