- Age Range: 8 and up
- Series: Make
- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (May 21, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1680452339
- ISBN-13: 978-1680452334
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Musical Inventions: DIY Instruments to Toot, Tap, Crank, Strum, Pluck, and Switch On (Make) 1st Edition
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What is an instrument?
The dictionary defines an instrument as 'an object used to play music', which means pretty much anything can qualify as an instrument. Musicians are great inventors!
What surprising thing did writing this book teach you?
I was fascinated to discover that there are simple rules you can use to figure out how the size, shape, and weight of an instrument affects the notes it can play. Math explains why some notes sound good together and others don't—and you can use it to 'tune' the wooden coffee stirrer 'keys' on a homemade thumb piano.
What's your favorite instrument?
I have always been fascinated by the theremin. Its history involves a mysterious Russian scientist who may or may not have been kidnapped by Soviet spies who forced him to invent secret listening devices that were planted in the offices of American diplomats. Its eerie sound lent itself to the soundtrack of countless science fiction movies and TV shows I loved as a kid.
You play the theremin by waving your hands around without touching it, but it's so hard to master that only one performer was ever considered good enough to be a theremin virtuoso.
- When regular drums were banned by the government on the island of Trinidad, people created steel drums out of oil barrels.
- Instruments can be made out of forks, combs, chop sticks, electric fans, coffee cans, plastic cups, and garden vegetables!
- It's easy to build a musical invention that can turn electrical signals into sound and back again, the way that a music synthesizer or guitar amp does. All you really need is a battery and something that can vibrate.
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We have ordered several copies of Make: Musical Inventions by Kathy Ceceri to sell in our museum store as these are a great fit for both our museum (focused on music) and this temporary exhibit (focused on design, engineering, and creative makerspaces). I think there are so many great projects in that book and we are excited to have the book for sale in our museum store. -- Rene Rodgers, Ph.D., Curator of Exhibits and Publications, Birthplace of Country Music Museum
I teach a Music Appreciation Class, and I will be including many of the projects in Make: Musical Inventions. I firmly believe that getting students directly involved in learninghelps them understand concepts. Building musical instruments willexplain the science in a fun way. -- Rebecca Angel, GeekMom.com
Although the projects are for beginners, there is some heavy teachinggoing on within these pages. I could definitely see a middle or highschool teacher using some of these projects to demonstrate physicalscience concepts. -- Liz Greaser, artisaneducation.com
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I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
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 many more instruments, 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
(My thanks to O'Reilly Media for providing an advance reading copy for review.)