As I stated earlier, bamboo is perfect for making a great variety of items, including musical instruments. The natural, hollow culm of this giant grass makes it perfect for making woodwind instruments. Over time, various cultures have developed a variety of bamboo flutes, pipes, whistles, and general noisemakers. Partly due to the simplicity of the plant itself, bamboo instruments are extremely easy to make, and make well at that! In this instructable, I'll teach you how to to make 4 bamboo instruments that will only cost you the time to make them.
We'll make a bamboo...
- Traditional Transverse flute
- Japanese end-blown Shakuhachi
- Andean end-blown Quena
- and a Panflute
- A drill.
- An assortment of drill bits ranging in diameter from 2mm to 1.5 cm.
- A rotary tool (Dremel) with a cutting wheel and various sanding and grinding bits.
- A general purpose hand-held sander with various sandpapers ranging from at least medium to fine
- A sharp knife/boxcutter.
- LOTS AND LOTS OF BAMBOO! Green or golden, sappy or cured, depending on your preference.
Just because bamboo doesn't grow naturally in your area, probably doesn't mean you can't find growing as an ornamental plant or by the roadside. All the bamboo used in this instructable was either found being thrown away by my neighbors, or was growing by the side of the road and needed to be cut down. I live in relatively temperate Pennsylvania, but still I found natural, growing bamboo. Check around your neighborhood before heading to the hardware store. After all, If you can find it, it's free!
These instruments have simply amazing sound, as the timbre of each is mellow and natural, much more than if you made them from plastic of PVC. They are free, they are easy, and they are a LOT of fun, so why don't you give them a try?
This instructable will be the first in a series of other instructables about other bamboo instruments, so stay tuned!