Monday, March 26, 2012
This weekend we spent some time together working on the children's garden space. We had already created a banging wall several weeks ago, and decided to make a xylophone. I had seen the design floating around the internet like the one here and here, and decided to give it a go. Here is a quick run down of how we made our instrument.
2 - 8 foot long 2 x 3 (you could use 2x4)
Tools- some sort of saw, measuring tape, pencil, sand paper (if you wish), a drill
Cut the wood to length - we started with a 10" piece and increased each piece by 2"
Sand the pieces if you wish
Drill a hole through each board in either end (if you drill 2/9 from the end, the sound will be much better - not exactly sure why?)
Run the rope through each piece of wood, tie a knot between each board
String up the whole instrument and bang away!
Luckily I had some eager hands to do the measuring and the organizing. The twins had a great time putting the pieces in increasing order.
I am truly amazed at how well this sounds. I read that you can tune it by shaving wood off the ends and the back, but we decided not get that complicated. Hadley was impressed with the fact that the bigger pieces were lower and the little pieces higher. It's a great place to burn off some energy.
For some more ideas on outdoor music spaces check out these ideas.
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