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Sustainable musical instruments

 
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I suppose if I were stuck up north in the frozen tundra all winter that this would be a somewhat entertaining way to pass the time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5aUz9cDaCY
 
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Ahaha! I laughed so hard at that last one... Very creative.

The carrots defiantly have the best tone. That first one was really quite impressive, I've heard 30 dollar clay ocarinas who's tone and pitch was way less true than that first carrot!
 
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I've embedded the video below.

 
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I've built musical instruments since I was a kid. I'm not a wind instrument player, so I tend towards stringed instruments or percussion instruments.

Many very simple to construct and play instruments can be built "sustainably" from old junk or recycling.

"Canjos" are easy and fun. A canjo is a banjo style instrument made generally of an old can, a stick, some string/wire, and a few bits of hardware:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-a-Canjo/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7R4DKqtuOY

The "wash tub bass" is a one string instrument made of a metal wash tub (or other suitable barrel, suitcase, car gas tank,etc) , a stick, and a piece of weed whacker string.

http://www.otherpower.com/washtub_bass.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPk12iuv-gQ


Percussion instruments are easy, as anything that can be hit or stuck together is a percussion instrument.
Basically any hollow object with a membrane of some sort stretched across it is a drum.

I've walked through the woods many times and "played" the trees, logs, made whistles out of blades of grass,etc.


 
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Jeanine Gurley wrote:I suppose if I were stuck up north in the frozen tundra all winter that this would be a somewhat entertaining way to pass the time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5aUz9cDaCY



that was great, Jeanine...Zappa's 'Call any Vegetable' pops into my head next, though
 
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Judith Browning wrote:
that was great, Jeanine...Zappa's 'Call any Vegetable' pops into my head next, though




Yeah, Really. Why no rutabaga creative Japanese dude?
 
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