Lay the wood pieces across the cloth in order of size, so they are
not touching each other (the whole idea is to make them vibrate
- that's why you can't just put them on the floor). Hit them with
the sticks. Try using different sticks, like rubber balls on the
end of the sticks, or even foam rubber wrapped around the stick
ends with rubber bands.
- 4 or 5 pieces of wood each around an inch thick and varying
in length from maybe 8 inches to 12 or 18 inches long.
- A fuzzy towel, a piece of carpet, or any other thick soft
- Sticks of some kind (two unsharpened pencils or some chopsticks
will do fine)
or glue the foam rubber or soft cloth to the wood base (use a
lot of glue) as shown:
Place the wood pieces across the base, in order of size.
Staple the end of the twine to one side of the base.
Lay the twine across the bars and staple the twine to each bar,
then staple the twine to the opposite side of the base, and back
again, once again stapling each bar (to provide stability), and
then, finally back onto the base near where you had started. If
this sounds a bit complicated, just look at the drawing and staple
wherever you see an X. You may need to hammer the staples a bit
to make them tight. The whole idea of the twine is to make this
a bounce-less, more portable instrument. instrument.
(If you don't have a staple gun, you can use glue; just glob
it on - use a lot - at the same points you would staple and press
the twine into the globs using a pencil to push if you have hot
glue. Make sure your glue is FULLY dry before playing your instrument
- about 24 hours for Elmer's-type glue!