FOR TRUE ROCK STARS! HOW TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS FROM TRASH
Many musicians (like Fernando Solar from Spain, the Lost and Found Orchestra from Great Britain, or the young Landfill Harmonic complex from Paraguay) have set examples: heavenly melodies made from old and discarded things. Some of these instruments even go on tour. OK, we don't have to be so phenomenal as to start a new career, But with our recycling ideas you’ll certainly want to give a small concert in the living room.
Kids love music and noise, in fact toy stores usually have many musical instruments, however it’s even more fun to create an instrument with your children. A drum set, a rhythm instrument or a Pan flute: with minimal effort, you can build an orchestra with things from around the house.
Play the drums
For a drum set you need three different sized cans (such as the Freshona peas or mushrooms cans). Wash them well and file down the edge to avoid getting hurt. Turn them over and tape together. To make drum sticks, make a hole in the cans with a bottle cork and insert a wooden stick. The drum is ready! Let your child experiment with a wide variety of materials. What sound is created by covering the drum with the Lidl aluminium foil? Or with some other material, such the Aquapur towels, or cardboard such as the breakfast cereal ones?
Like flowing water
In times of drought, the Indians of South America sought to invoke the grey clouds with a rain stick made up of desert sand and cacti. Given that these are rather sharp, we prefer to use an empty paper towel roll (such as Floralys). Wrap it completely with aluminium foil and use the tin foil to close one end of the paper cylinder. Secure the end with a rubber band so the foil does not slip. To create the sound, twist two strips of Lidl aluminium foil and insert them into the cylinder along with two spoonfuls of rice. Close the open end with foil and a rubber band – and you’re ready! To make music, slowly turn the instrument from one side to the other, but be careful to not do this too often, otherwise you will risk rain clouds!
The sound of straws
Pan flutes have existed for thousands of years. Initially they were made from reeds, bamboo or other species of wood - not exactly the materials that we have at home today, so we will substitute these with coloured straws. These work great too. Arrange the straws next to each other and bind together with tape. Cut the lower ends at a diagonal, so that each straw has a different length. Now all you have to do is close the ends with little balls of play clay and blow across the other ends. You need to understand that producing music with this instrument isn't really that easy; you have to practice a bit. But don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it very soon and you’ll be tweeting like a bird in no time!
Unusual sounds from milk cartons
What’s missing from the complex? That's right: the guitar! To create it, cut a hole about 7 cm large across a Lidl milk carton (for example, Milbona) which has been previously washed and stretch three rubber bands around the carton. As the bridge of the instrument you can use half a clothespin tucked under the rubber bands. This will raise the rubber bands up slightly from the body and give a more pleasing sound. At the moment, however, it still looks like some sort of Medieval plucked instrument, so what's missing? The neck of course! We’ll make this with an empty kitchen roll or empty toilet paper rolls (such as Floralys). Apply tape at the bottom and wrap it around several times. Once done, anchor it on the cap of the milk carton. You can paint the guitar or cover it with paper, if this isn’t done it might be a bit boring to look at. Probably your little rock star knows exactly which colour to make her guitar. Similarly, you can create instruments to give to all those who love music.
In less than a minute you can build this instrument with plastic bottles. You just need one bottle which you’ll always find at your nearest Lidl supermarket. Empty, wash and let it dry. Now scrape along the bottle with the side of a pencil and you have a typical accompanying rhythm sound. For an appealing visual effect, fill the bottle with coloured water.
Rock ’n roll!
The band is ready, and you are ready! Then move the tables and chairs and climb on stage! Grandma, Grandpa and friends can’t wait to see the little superstars. With handmade concert tickets, everyone will find their seats for the show.