10 thoughts on “Musical Inventions: DIY Instruments to Toot, Tap, Crank, Strum, Pluck, and Switch On (Make:)

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    This well organized book covers the science of sound, the history of and science behind music, the science behind making musical instruments, and the art of instrument design It also includes stepped out instructions for over two dozen projects for middle grade students and older to make using recycled materials or items one can find at a hardware or thrift store.Some of my favorite features in this book are the author s interviews with individuals who make musical instruments along with numero This well organized book covers the science of sound, the history of and science behind music, the science behind making musical instruments, and the art of instrument design It also includes stepped out instructions for over two dozen projects for middle grade students and older to make using recycled materials or items one can find at a hardware or thrift store.Some of my favorite features in this book are the author s interviews with individuals who make musical instruments along with numerous sidebars about historic musical inventors such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi and Nikola Tesla, Pythagoras, and Vincenzo Galelei father of Galileo Galelei I played an instrument from fourth grade through junior high and don t remember ever being introduced to the five instrument families The Sachs Hornbostel system presented by the author documents how instruments are divided into five families based on the way they vibrate and produce sound Chordophones, Aerophones, Membranophones, Idiophones, and Electrophones are defined and examples of the instruments included in each family are given.As with all of the books I ve read by this author, the projects are outstanding Favorites from this book include Pickle O, a Vegetable Ocarina made using either a small cucumber, large carrot, sweet potato, zucchini, or regular potato Stick on Top 3 String Strummer Guitar Cookie Tin Steel Drum Wrenchophone Xylophone Thumb Piano Experimental Music Box Manila Record Player and Pizza Box Radio.Highly recommended for teachers, parents grandparents, youth group and scout leaders, teens and adults who love music and sound, and DIYers who are looking for some worthwhile activities to keep themselves occupied on rainy or snowy days DISCLOSURE FROM BLOGGER I received a copy of this paperback from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of the book I received no compensation to post my thoughts here or on any other site This book will be donated to my local public library for addition to their children s non fiction catalog


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    Have you ever heard someone say, Back in the olden days, we didn t have all these fancy instruments We had to make ours out of things lying around Well, with this book, you can reply that you ve made a few instruments too I did a few of the experiments The Pickle O, Drinking Straw Aerophones, Tunable Water Glasses, and Cup Song The ones I managed to make were the simplest ones in the whole book, at least according to me My attempts were mostly futile, because it took me many tries to p Have you ever heard someone say, Back in the olden days, we didn t have all these fancy instruments We had to make ours out of things lying around Well, with this book, you can reply that you ve made a few instruments too I did a few of the experiments The Pickle O, Drinking Straw Aerophones, Tunable Water Glasses, and Cup Song The ones I managed to make were the simplest ones in the whole book, at least according to me My attempts were mostly futile, because it took me many tries to perfect these instruments, which was exactly what the book predicted would happen.I would have liked to make manyinstruments, but I didn t have the materials needed I think this was because being a minor, I cannot drive That means I cannot search for the materials at hardware stores and dollar stores, which is where many of the materials can be found The book includes a very handy list at the beginning which describes where to find all the things you need to create instruments from scratch, if only you can find an adult willing to help you out.One thing that I liked is that they explain the science behind various types of music in great detail For example, did you know that the longer a string on a chordophone, the lower the note it plays This book really helped me understand how the instruments that I created worked It also has pictures showing each step of the building process, so that was quite helpful when I was trying to build the instruments.In conclusion, I think this is a very interesting book for those who have patience and creativity Even if you lack musical knowledge, this book can change that It s bound to get you moving along to the beat of the music you play on an instrument you built yourself Reviewed by Salonee V., 11, Metropolitan Washington Mensa


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