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  1. 5 out of 5

    June Jacobs

    This well-organized book covers the science of sound, the history of and science behind music, the science behind making musical instruments, and the art of instrument design. It also includes stepped-out instructions for over two dozen projects for middle-grade students and older to make using recycled materials or items one can find at a hardware or thrift store. Some of my favorite features in this book are the author's interviews with individuals who make musical instruments along with numero This well-organized book covers the science of sound, the history of and science behind music, the science behind making musical instruments, and the art of instrument design. It also includes stepped-out instructions for over two dozen projects for middle-grade students and older to make using recycled materials or items one can find at a hardware or thrift store. Some of my favorite features in this book are the author's interviews with individuals who make musical instruments along with numerous sidebars about historic musical inventors such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi and Nikola Tesla, Pythagoras, and Vincenzo Galelei {father of Galileo Galelei}. I played an instrument from fourth grade through junior high and don't remember ever being introduced to the five instrument families. The Sachs-Hornbostel system presented by the author documents how instruments are divided into five families based on the way they vibrate and produce sound. Chordophones, Aerophones, Membranophones, Idiophones, and Electrophones are defined and examples of the instruments included in each family are given. As with all of the books I've read by this author, the projects are outstanding! Favorites from this book include: 'Pickle-O, a Vegetable Ocarina' made using either a small cucumber, large carrot, sweet potato, zucchini, or regular potato; 'Stick -on-Top 3-String Strummer' {Guitar}; 'Cookie Tin Steel Drum'; 'Wrenchophone' {Xylophone}; 'Thumb Piano'; 'Experimental Music Box'; 'Manila Record Player'; and 'Pizza Box Radio'. Highly recommended for teachers, parents/grandparents, youth group and scout leaders, teens and adults who love music and sound, and DIYers who are looking for some worthwhile activities to keep themselves occupied on rainy or snowy days! DISCLOSURE FROM BLOGGER: I received a copy of this paperback from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of the book. I received no compensation to post my thoughts here or on any other site. This book will be donated to my local public library for addition to their children's non-fiction catalog. ################

  2. 4 out of 5

    American Mensa

    Have you ever heard someone say, "Back in the olden days, we didn't have all these fancy instruments? We had to make ours out of things lying around!"? Well, with this book, you can reply that you've made a few instruments too! I did a few of the experiments (The Pickle-O, Drinking Straw Aerophones, Tunable Water Glasses, and Cup Song). The ones I managed to make were the simplest ones in the whole book, at least according to me. My attempts were mostly futile, because it took me many tries to p Have you ever heard someone say, "Back in the olden days, we didn't have all these fancy instruments? We had to make ours out of things lying around!"? Well, with this book, you can reply that you've made a few instruments too! I did a few of the experiments (The Pickle-O, Drinking Straw Aerophones, Tunable Water Glasses, and Cup Song). The ones I managed to make were the simplest ones in the whole book, at least according to me. My attempts were mostly futile, because it took me many tries to perfect these instruments, which was exactly what the book predicted would happen. I would have liked to make many more instruments, but I didn't have the materials needed. I think this was because being a minor, I cannot drive. That means I cannot search for the materials at hardware stores and dollar stores, which is where many of the materials can be found. The book includes a very handy list at the beginning which describes where to find all the things you need to create instruments from scratch, if only you can find an adult willing to help you out. One thing that I liked is that they explain the science behind various types of music in great detail. For example, did you know that the longer a string on a chordophone, the lower the note it plays. This book really helped me understand how the instruments that I created worked. It also has pictures showing each step of the building process, so that was quite helpful when I was trying to build the instruments. In conclusion, I think this is a very interesting book for those who have patience and creativity. Even if you lack musical knowledge, this book can change that. It's bound to get you moving along to the beat of the music you play on an instrument you built yourself! Reviewed by Salonee V., 11, Metropolitan Washington Mensa

  3. 4 out of 5

    Liz

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Grant Phillips

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sasha Cameron

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stevo Brock

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cory Himmelspach Wholehan

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Angel Maxwell

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ash Friend

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patrick DiJusto

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    What a wonderful book! This book starts with a scientific introduction to what sound and music are. From there, it goes on to give simple instructions for how to make all sorts of instruments, for the most part, from ordinary household items. There are directions for everything from homemade music boxes, drums, singing bowls, and stringed instruments to bullroarers, double reeds, theremins, synthesizers, radios, and even a record player! The difficulty of the various instruments varies greatly f What a wonderful book! This book starts with a scientific introduction to what sound and music are. From there, it goes on to give simple instructions for how to make all sorts of instruments, for the most part, from ordinary household items. There are directions for everything from homemade music boxes, drums, singing bowls, and stringed instruments to bullroarers, double reeds, theremins, synthesizers, radios, and even a record player! The difficulty of the various instruments varies greatly from very simple to more difficult. The directions are easy to follow and have clear, full color photographs that help clarify them. Boxes clearly list the items needed to make each instrument. The instruments are organized into chapters by type, and there is a handy index as well. There are useful boxes scattered throughout the text. Some provide interesting, related websites. Others contain short biographies of inventors of each type of instrument. Still other boxes provide safety warnings. This is undoubtedly the definitive book for those who wish to make their own music! I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella

    There are a lot of clever projects in here - some are very basic and require little technical or musical skill, and some are impressive but require a bit of electronic tinkering. Honestly, the ones that require things like wiring, batteries, and copper bits seem pretty complicated to me...but I also don't know how to play around with electronics like that. What you could get out of this: cool projects to make with kids, clever ways to recycle things you have sitting around, or a fun party trick. There are a lot of clever projects in here - some are very basic and require little technical or musical skill, and some are impressive but require a bit of electronic tinkering. Honestly, the ones that require things like wiring, batteries, and copper bits seem pretty complicated to me...but I also don't know how to play around with electronics like that. What you could get out of this: cool projects to make with kids, clever ways to recycle things you have sitting around, or a fun party trick.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Simon

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    Alan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Allyson

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jim Tiffin Jr

  18. 5 out of 5

    Belmont Library

  19. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily Burk

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sean

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    Victor

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    Jonathan

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Trevor

  28. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Merklin

  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Karolaru

  31. 4 out of 5

    Stuart

  32. 4 out of 5

    Asier

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