Homemade Musical Instruments

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Creating music is always fun, but making it with your own homemade musical instrument is much better.
Luckily making your own instrument is easy and many can be made in an afternoon with little more than everyday items found around your house.

Whether you are a professional musician looking for that next new sound or an amateur enthusiast who likes to make noise, there's a homemade musical instrument for everyone.
Take a look at these musical Instructables and be inspired to make your own!

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The hypotooter is a mini-member of the tootophone family of reed instruments.   (See:  https://www.instructables.com/id/pvc-TOOTOPHONE-a-musical-reed-instrument   and also;  http://www.instructables.co...
Albeit guitar manufacturing has come a long way in the past hundred years, there is a long history to show that you don't need much to make a guitar. All you need is a box to resonate the sound, a pl...
the Video! This is an instrument I designed for stage performances.  It had to be portable, so it sets up and breaks down and fits into a golf club bag.  I made it Pentatonic to make it musica...
This device is a tribute to one of the coolest movies of recent memory, Eli Eli Lema Sabachthani. In the movie, the protagonists improvised a lot of cool instruments with the goal of making a pure and...
"The Phoenix" is percussion instrument that recycles found objects. The objects are organized in space on a frame made of PVC pipe and standard pipe fittings. They are mounted to the base using heat...
The body of the tootophone is made of 1/2" CPVC pipe, which is used for hot water plumbing and is of a smaller diameter than 1/2" PVC pipe.  The tootophone is similar to a soprano recorder in terms o...
This is a modern version of a traditional Japanese instrument called the kokiriko or bin zasara. It's often sold with the generic name of "Latin percussion instrument." Instead of rope and wood, I'm u...
MAKE A VARIABLE PITCH STRING INSTRUMENT USING A ROTATING WHEEL FOR KIDS OR ELDERS IN 3 NIGHTS.
This is a method to quickly and easily make a musical instrument capable of melodic percussion and noise experimentation. The thumb piano, known as a kalimba or mbira and by many other names, is a la...
In this instructable we'll build a terrific sounding tub bass that is highly suitable for studio recording and/or live performance. Build time is less than one hour using very simple tools and around ...
A quick guide to making a loud vuvuzela from an abandoned traffic cone in under 10 mins using a pipe or similar and some gaffa tape. My first instructible so hope you enjoy :) Me and a friend spent t...
I have some friends living in a tank in my lab - Giant African Land Snails. Although ownership of GALs is illegal in the US, they make popular pets in the UK. Easy to care for, quite long-lived (an ...
I had wanted a Ukulele banjo for some time but being unable to find one for a reasonable price I decided to make one under a budget of 30 quid . (Which I nearly did! About 32 all in all Inc. P&P.) All...
By taping thirteen rulers to a desk, each with a different amount of overhang, we have a rudimentary musical (?!?!?!?) instrument. So, how much overhang is necessary, how do we do it, and why? Well......
This is an electronic instrument played like a hand drum but with synth sounds. It is both sensor and speaker, so you can actually feel the sounds with your hands as you make them (the computer sound...
This tutorial covers how to construct a hank drum, an instrument invented by Dennis Havlena that imitates the extremely expensive and difficult to obtain Hang Drum. This instrument can be built for $2...
Make an Ondes Martenot-inspired Ribbon Controller from a Gametrak Video Game Controller UPDATE: AUGUST 2009 - the Ondestrak has been published as part of a paper in the 6th Sound and Music Computing ...
The Light Theremin is a simple to build instrument that uses light and shadows to create sound. The theremin circuit used nomally for these insruments are quite complex, this one however is as simple ...