Creating your own music is like of growing your own food. Those who play music, play for sustenance. Musicians are driven by an inner desire to create. Often, it is this innate craftiness that leads music makers to improve upon their instruments and evolve their craft.
As is the case of so many DIY projects, making musical instruments is a convergence between history, culture, aesthetics and sound. Try making some tunes of your own from these DIY musical instruments.
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1. Bamboo Rainstick
Native tribes use rainsticks for ceremonial worship to conjure up the "rain spirits". Beyond a piece of bamboo or cactus, you'll need some simple tools such as a hand saw, metal rod, drill, sandpaper and filler (beans, rice, beads, popcorn kernels, bird seed, kitty litter, sand or pebbles).
2. Balloon Drum
A large metal, tin, glass or ceramic bowl will resonate well. Keep balloons out of the landfills and oceans and use one on a drum. A simple chopstick or pencil will work well for a drumstick.
3. Cigar Box Guitar
The cigar box guitar has roots from before the Civil War and had a big resurgence during the Great Depression. At its most basic, a cigar box guitar is little more than a box with a neck attached. All you really need is scrap wood and a set of tuning machines. This lack of a complicated instrument has encouraged makers to get fancy, using a broad range of materials and designs. Some have even started building solid-body guitars, filling the cigar boxes with snugly fit pieces of wood and installing humbucker pickups. The instrument has caught the attention of Johnny Depp and other celebs. Johnny's been spotted carrying a cigar box guitar here.
4. Pipe Flute
The flute is the earliest know musical instrument. Making one from old piping of different sizes can be made from a variety of materials. Here is a link to software that will help you tune your finished flute.
5. Key Chime
A key chime is simple to make and uses just a few tools - some leftover materials, a bunch of old keys and something to strike it with.
Listen to the key chimes. Robert S. Hilton designs, creates and performs on his own musical instruments. These instruments are works of eco-art in themselves, as they are transformed from objects that may have been otherwise tossed.