Introduction: When You Can't Find Your Harmonica: Carrot Flute
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I recommend viewing the short form video, printing the instructable for your work time, then viewing the long form video (so that you can see what I did).
Short form video.
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients for the Flute
You will need:
A drill and bits to make a large and small hole. A 1/2" drill bit and a 15/64" bit worked for me.
1 or more carrots
Long, narrow tools to take carrot debris out of the hole. E.g. skewer or chopstick.
Step 2: Cut the Leafy End Off of the Carrot.
Using the sharp knife, cut the carrot top off of the carrot. This provides a flat surface that you will drill into.
Step 3: Drill the Main Hole.
Using the 1/2" drill bit, drill a hole that starts at the flat surface of the carrot that you just made, and goes along the length of the carrot. I went about 1/3 of the way into the carrot.
Step 4: Clear the Hole of Debris.
Take out all of the carrot bits, as they will prevent the sound from being clear and sharp. Use a skewer, chopstick, the bit, or anything you can find that will fit down the hole. I used a pen.
Step 5: Make the Smaller Hole.
Hold the carrot in front of you with the carrot top side facing up. You will need to drill a hole, using the smaller bit, a bit down from the top of the carrot. I chose a spot that ended up being about an inch down the side. I've found that if you go too far down, the sound is not very good.
Step 6: Clearing the Debris... Continued.
You may want to blow down the various holes and tap the carrot on the cutting board to ensure the debris is all removed.
Step 7: Play Your Carrot Instrument.
Now you are ready to play! Have fun, make more, have each person play one and see what sounds you get!
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