Homemade Instruments

Homemade Instruments

Letting your children use easy homemade instruments is the best way to find out if they truly have the capability to learn the instrument further. This article puts light on kids' homemade musical instruments...
Music is the universal language of mankind. - H.B. Longfellow

It is a fact that when children get to listen to music, they start to enjoy it by dancing and clapping. There are some children who are very inclined towards music. Such children, if given good guidance and shown the correct path, can become musical prodigies.

Using Homemade Instruments

If a child has the capability to learn any musical instrument at a faster pace and in less time, he can become a prodigy. Parents should first find out if their child really has the interest to learn a particular instrument. And this can effectively by done using homemade instruments. If a child plays the homemade instrument in a manner which can be taken to advanced levels, parents should note that their child has the playing skill.

Children, not knowing how to play musical instruments, tend to bang them as much as possible, resulting in their breakage. So, the best option for parents is to provide children with homemade instruments, without worrying much of them being damaged. Once the child has learned the very base of playing a particular instrument, parents can go to the shop and get an original one for their child to practice and advance in the skill.

How to Make Different Homemade Instruments

Drum Set

Material and Items Required
  • Round container
  • Colored papers and glue
  • Two wooden skewers
  • Round piece of cardboard
  • Thick piece of plastic
  • Rubber bands and decofoam balls
Procedure
The exterior of the round container needs to be decorated using colored paper and glue. Now, the cardboard piece needs to be attached to the container's base using glue. On the top of the container, use rubber bands to fix the plastic piece. Now, drum sticks are to be made by putting wooden skewers into decofoam balls. Use steel lids as cymbals to beat upon. Along with this your child can at least learn how to twirl drumsticks, if not bring out a proper rhythm.

Guitar

Materials and Items Required
  • Rectangular shoe box
  • Six rubber bands
  • A wooden ruler
Procedure
In order to make a homemade acoustic guitar, take out the cover of the rectangular box, and stretch the rubber bands around it, so that they are set like actual guitar strings. Cut a piece at the side of the box, which will serve as an opening to insert and secure the ruler as the neck.

Tambourine

Materials and Items Required
  • Two paper plates
  • Glue
  • Colorful ribbons
  • Jingle bells
Procedure
Making a tambourine at home is certainly very simple. Stick plates in a manner that they face each other. Make appropriate number of holes around both plates. Then tie jingle bells at the holes using colorful ribbons.

Shakers

Materials and Items Required
  • Soda bottle
  • Dry peas or beans
  • Glue
Procedure
Wash the bottle with water and let dry for some time. After fully dry, fill it with about 1/8 to 1/4 full of beans or peas. Secure the cap to the bottle by using glue on threads. Let dry before you start to play beginner percussion beats.

These are just some of the homemade instruments that can be made easily using simple materials. Just like the acoustic guitar, you can even make other homemade string instruments such as the harp. I hope by now you might have understood a lot about homemade instruments, instructions on how to make them, and their importance in realizing the right talent in children.