Introduction: Snare Drum

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Another Garage-Band instrument! Add pennies to your favorite metal can - size anywhere from coffee-can to wash-bin - and make 'em zing.

Step 1: Parts Layout

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1 Can

some pennies (50 - 500 depending on can size)

screwdrivers or other improvised drum sticks

ear plugs?

Step 2: Put the Snare in Your Snare Drum

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Add the roll of pennies to the top of the tin can

Step 3: Play Drum

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yup, it's that easy. Add/subtract pennies to find your sound. Pennies will bounce (that's how the sound is made!) and occasionally fall out. So, everytime you play you might lose a few cents. This might be a good bargaining point when trying to get a paying gig around town.


orvis (author)2008-12-23

I did this with a plastic 1-gallon bucket. I hot-glued a mouse-pad to the top of it. It ended up sounding almost exactly like a snare.

zrune18 (author)2008-09-23

another good alternative is having a can.....some change and get rubber pads about 1/2" thick and put them on top with the change inside the can....then its not as loud but the pennies bounce more and it sounds great

Namonos (author)2008-02-05

whow!! so cool one one hand but not so cool on the other

witey2 (author)2008-01-17

instead of having the pennies on top, you should put them into the coffee can and beat on the top of the lid...but thanks it helped me with a science project.

mawwwm (author)2008-01-17

my 11 year old son did this last year as he waited for me to find a set i could afford...actually he had cookie tins lined up on the floor in his room and had change in one, something else in another..all to make different sounds...i found a banged up set for xmas and he's been playing them eversince...and he's been promoted to the Grade 8 band...and he's only supposed to be in Grade 6....sometimes being creative can be inspiring i guess...i like this project!

talleu (author)2007-05-05

um try making a cardbord drum kit and using packing tape for the skin

jimsinspace (author)2006-11-12

its a good start but i think you couldv'e loved this one a little bit better...i.e. string the pennies together beaded neckchains work too. anyway its got me thinkin and i like that.

dominic.tarr (author)2006-10-04

i think this should also work if you put the pennies inside the can, and hold the can off the ground, with a stand lashed tegether with, say, strips of innertubing. now. how do you make decent hihats?

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Bio: Will Bosworth, developing projects for HowToons @ SquidLabs.
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