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Re: Exploratory: Making musical instruments


Date: Fri Aug 02 2002 - 17:20:36 PDT

We made musical instruments in a class last summer. I made a rain stick with
a wrapping paper paper tube. Covered it with wrapping paper, punched holes
in it with either tiny nails or sewing needles. Dropped a handful of dried
beans down in it and it worked great! Sounded almost like my authentic one
which is made from a cactus stem.

Aluminum foil pie pans glued together and hole-punched with rice or beans
inside and ribbons tied through the hole punches make good tambourines.

I've made maracas from golf balls and popsicle sticks and a little masking

And you can actually make flutes from bamboo if it is a year or two old and
thick enough to carve little finger holes and a lip piece.

Drums from big coffee cans.

Base fiddle from an old ice washtub, broom pole and string.

These are a few of my favorite things.

Susan Sanders