N loves music. He’s getting to the stage though, where he wants to make more of it and do it his own way. Whether that be blasting rock out through the tv or CD player, or tinkering on the piano.
More often than not, N’s making up a song with whatever random words are going through his head at the time. I love his singing. Totally spontaneous, and it rarely makes much sense at all. But I love to hear him experimenting and enjoying sound and voice.
I keep asking him whether he wants to learn a musical instrument at school. He’d probably go on a waiting list first, but I thought I’d offer it him to check, but he’s not been interested so far. We were lucky enough though, to be sent the new pBuzz to review.
I’d not heard of Pbuzz before, but this is the 4th plastic ‘brass’ instrument from the company – after the pBone, pTrumpet and pBone mini.. The original 3 are all comparable with metal instruments but perfect for children due to the lighter weight. The pBuzz is tuned with 6 notes. It might be plastic but it’s a great starter for children getting into music.
The pBuzz is similar in shape to a clarinet or soprano saxophone. For N that meant it was quite long – although it didn’t stop him from having a go on it and getting to grasps with the ‘buzz’ sound and the slide.
The hardest thing is making a reasonable sound, because as with all brass instruments, it’s the mouth shape and blow that’s hard to get. We all had a go, even the OH who usually avoids any new items that turn up at home. I’ve played real brass instruments before but even N and his dad could make the right sound from it. It wasn’t pretty, but it gave N pleasure to know he could play it.
N had a great time, trying to make his own version of music, while I was trying to play something that sounded good. It’s harder than you think even with the 6 notes marked out by note and colour. To make the notes change, you simply move the slide part of the pbuzz up and down (think of it like a trombone slide.
The pBuzz only comes in red (the other instruments have a choice of colour), although I don’t see that as a problem. And handily the mouthpiece comes off which means you can clean it out. The material it’s made from, Biocote, means it can’t get mouldy and keeps microbes away.
I think the pBuzz is a great way to get children interested in music. Obviously unlike electronic instruments there isn’t an off button, so if you hate noise or have neighbours who dislike rowdy children, then avoid a pBuzz. Otherwise, it’s great fun, and if you had several children you could have a mini pBuzz band.
With the pBuzz only costing around £19.99, it’s a great price for a tuned instrument, and suitable from around age 5 upwards.
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