Introduction: Pan Flute
A pan flute is a member of the woodwind family of instruments. The length of the straw determines the note that is played. Sound is produced by the vibration of an air-stream blowing through the straw. The air resonates the straw producing a pitch. The longer the straw the lower the pitch, the shorter the straw the higher the pitch. There are 8 notes in a scale. The lowest note and the highest note are called an octave. Therefore the longest straw is an octave higher than the shortest one.
8 plastic straws
Step 1: Measure
Start with a 6” straw and then remove a ½” from the rest of the straws.
Your straws should be:
Step 2: Cut
Cut straws but save the excess for spacers!
Step 3: Spacers
Cut all excess pieces to 2" for spacers and place them in between each straw.
Step 4: Tape
Carefully tape your straws together.