Thursday, 10 July 2008

5 Top Home Made Instruments To Form Your Own Band

I’ve been in a couple of bands and have always tinkered with the idea of making my own instruments. Unfortunately they have never held together for long enough to take photos of (that's the bands and the instruments).

Here are 6 instruments that don’t look impossible to make and could start you off on your journey to discover the talent within.

All instructions and information are from the superb
Instructables website.


A Rule Organ
http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Rule-Organ/

Things You Need:
13 rulers
books
stickers
double sided sticky tape
a desk







Instructions For Making Your Own Rule Organ

"Hold the rule to the desk as tightly as possible to produce the best audio fidelity (read: twang) possible.”


Miniature Washtub Bass Made From Office Supplies
http://www.instructables.com/id/Miniature-Washtub-Bass-Made-From-Office-Supplies%21/

Things You Need:
2 paperclips
1 unsharpened pencil
1 rubber band
1 disposable cup
tape
scissors

"This is a great time killer and will probably annoy your co-workers (unless they've already made one themselves!)”


Lap Steel Guitar out of a Pool Cue Case
http://www.instructables.com/id/S4IUN0GFGYCH1CP

Things You Need:
pool cue case
a single coil pickup
three individual guitar tuning pegs
a couple of chunks of hardwood for the bridge and nut
a piece of thin wood for the volume and tone mount
input socket for a guitar lead jack
10k pot for volume
primer and paint
some sticky-backed fabric letters


"string her up and plug her in! You'll need to play her using a guitar slide, or, to complete that bar room blues look, a shot glass.”



Cookie Tin Tambourine (Good name for a band)
http://www.instructables.com/id/Cookie-Tin-Tambourine/


Things You Need:
1 cookie tin
8 - 10 aluminum caps
4 - 5 paper clips or an equivalent amount of wire
a marker
a good knife (to cut the cookie tin)
a hammer
a nail
pliers

"Just find someone to join you in eating the cookies and emptying the bottles and it will be a very enjoyable evening.”


Horn From A Drinking Straw
http://www.instructables.com/id/Horn-From-a-Drinking-Straw/

Things You Need:
a drinking straw
scissors

“The sounds produced range from a duck call to a flagulent.”


Cookie Tin Banjo
http://www.instructables.com/id/Cookie-Tin-Banjo-Part-4-Bed-Post-Banjo/

Follow the instructions, this one's a little more complicated for me to explain.







Instructions for Cookie Tin Banjo

“These banjos are fretless. I was surprised how easy they were to play.”

Once you’ve managed to make a half decent sound out of your homemade instruments, why not try writing a song?


How To Write A Song
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Write-A-Song/

Things You Need:
inspiration
babble

Build, craft, record, sell and become famous!

"Even if the world doesn't get to hear it, you'll know that you did good work, and that's fulfilling enough to be well worth the attempt. Right?"

And if you prefer to try your hand at rapping.


How To Rap
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-rap_1/

Things You Need:
a computer
a cd
paper
pointy writey stick
audacity
a brain and some sense
a mic (yeah!)

"like snoop dawg lol so to rap you need little diction and not a lot of pronunciation…”


Now you have no excuses. If you do manage to become famous (or not), please remember where you came from and post a video in the comments box.

If you are a child reading this, please ask your parents for help and be careful with the sharp things! Don’t want you loosing any fingers in your bid to make it big.

[Source: Instructables]




4 comments:

Cookiemouse said...

Cookie Tin Tambourine sounds like a good name for a band starring the Cookiemouse.

chalky said...

I agree! Want to do a living room concert? :-)

Christy said...

This is an awesome list!
Thanks for putting it together - I've cross-posted your list to our Community Blog.

Christy, for the Instructables team

chalky said...

Thanks Christy!

Chalky

 
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