Making an instrument on a budget

In Today’s session James introduced us to the Maker movement which is acultural trend that places value on an individual’s ability to be a creator of things as well as a consumer of things.  In this culture, individuals who create things are called “makers.”

We got given a challenge today called ‘Reverse your garbage’ The point of this is to save materials from going to waste in landfill and to renew their value by making them available for reuse by families, students, artists and community groups. (: environmentally friendly 🙂

I really don’t have much garbage at home because everything I don’t need or want anymore is given away. So the best thing I came up with is a straw harmonica because it is quick and easy to make. (I don’t have that much time)


To make this low budget harmonica, you will need 10 straws, tape, scissors and a ruler. For the first straw, cut it at 16cm, for the second straw cut it at 14cm, for the third straw, cut it at 12 cm. So basically you minus 2cm each straw. (FYI the tenth straw should be 2cm) Ensure that you line the straws up against a ruler, check that every straw is as straight as spaghetti. Then tape the straws together. Then we should be good to blow

These notes from the longest (16cm straw) to the shortest (2cm straw) are:

A FLAT B FLAT C D F AFLAT C F B The 2cm note is pretty much pitch-less. But yeah this will definitely sound better and clearer if i used Boba straws.

Plastic harmonica



𝚝𝚛𝚢 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚋 𝚖𝚎

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