The melodica, also known as 'blow-organ' is a free-reed instrument similar to the accordion and harmonica. It has a musical keyboard on top, and is played by blowing air through a mouthpiece that fits into a hole in the side of the instrument. Pressing a key opens a hole, allowing air to flow through a reed. The keyboard is usually two or three octaves long. Melodicas are small and light enough to be carried around. They have been very popular in music education, especially in Asia.
The instrument was invented by Hohner in the 1950s or 1960s, although it is also claimed that it was invented by the Brooklyn musician Joseph Lederfine in order to teach music fundamentals to children, ...
a solo melodica version of the nursery song "Pop Goes the Weasel" Suitable for scenes, ads involving toddlers, babies, young children. 3 versions: Full version has grace note on "pop". Variation A is in Bb (lower key), Variation C is slower tempo. Recorded dry. Free Reed Aerophones, Melodica
Here's a jazzy rendition of Red River Valley (Traditional) played on solo melodica. Good for a campfire scene / outdoorsy comedy sketch. novelty kitschy campy comic sketch, Free Reed Aerophones, Melodica
A fairly straight rendition of Red River Valley played on solo Melodica. Sounds similar to harmonica. Paired with the "Jazzy" track, you could build a campfire/ outdoorsy mood with this track and deliver a musical punch line with the jazzy. Good pair for a comedy/sit-com, Free Reed Aerophones, Melodica