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Getting the Band Together
Ideas for Instruments
Coffee Can Drum: Use an empty coffee can with the lid on it for the drum. You could also use a pizza pan or a large aluminum tray for this. (You’d be amazed at the "tonal quality" of a pizza pan!) Metal pipes of different lengths also sound great but aren’t very portable, and the turtle shell tried once only made a thud. Old wooden sticks, quarter round, or anything comparable make great drumsticks. Used garbage can lid cymbals will help keep the rhythm.
Washtub Bass Fiddle: This is a most interesting instrument. Turn a metal washtub upside down and put a hook through the center of the bottom. (The washtub will sit upside down and the hook should be visible.) Use a hinge to fasten a mop (or broom, hoe, wooden stick, etc.) to the side of the washtub so you will be able to move the mop closer to and farther from the bucket. Tie a piece of clothes line rope from the top of the mop to the hook in the washtub. Flexing the mop tightens the rope, producing different notes when you strum it. This may take some know-how to build, but you would be surprised at how many people know how to make it!
Rattlers: Empty pop cans or plastic bottles (milk jugs, etc.) are ideal for this instrument. Fill them with paper clips, rocks or beans and shake away!