Strumming away on some pins

Western Times - - SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE -

MAKE this sim­ple pin strum­mer.

You will need:

■ A base: items to tape bobby pins to: for ex­am­ple empty plastic bot­tle; poly­styrene cube; tin; mo­bile phone case.

■ Bobby pins

■ Tape

To make:

Widen bobby pins and tape them onto the base.

To strum your strum­mer, gen­tly push down on the pin’s end and al­low to pop back up. The sounds it makes will depend on the type of ma­te­rial your base is made from, the width you stretch the pins and where you place the pins. Ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent bases.

What do wide stretched pins sound like com­pared to pins barely spread open? Do dif­fer­ent sized bobby pins make dif­fer­ent sounds? What kind of tone do you get when you place the pins on the cen­tre of the base com­pared to the edge?

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