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Straw Pan Pipes

by MonSta (follow)
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Fast and easy and lots of fun, make a musical instrument out of straws.

Time: 10 minutes
Age: 5-10's, Over 10's
Level: Easy

Materials
Straws - preferably not the concertina type
Sticky Tape
Scissors

Method
Cut the straws into lengths, each one longer than the last.



straw, cut, measure



straw, cut, measure


Run a piece of sticky tape along the table, sticky side up.
Arrange the straws in order of length with the tops level.



straw, cut, measure


Fold the sticky tape over and secure it.
Blow and move the pipes across to hear the different notes.



straw, pan pipes, play


It's easier to blow into individual straws if they are spaced a bit, so use offcuts between each straw to spread them a bit.

You can try the following measurements to get a nicely tuned set of pipes (in cm):

Straw 1: 19.5
Straw 2: 17
Straw 3: 15.5
Straw 4: 14.5
Straw 5: 13
Straw 6: 11.5
Straw 7: 10
Straw 8: 9.5



straw, pan pipes, tuned, play
It works - these pipes are nicely tuned!


Now number the straws from 1 to 8, longest straw is 1.



pan pipe, notes, numbered


Here are some songs (a dash indicates a note of twice as long):

Ode to Joy:

3 3 4 5 5 4 3 2 1 1 2 3 3 - 2 -
3 3 4 5 5 4 3 2 1 1 2 3 2 - 1 -

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

1 1 5 5 6 6 5 - 4 4 3 3 2 2 1 -
5 5 4 4 3 3 2 - 5 5 4 4 3 3 2 -
1 1 5 5 6 6 5 - 4 4 3 3 2 2 1 -

5 - 1 2 3 4 5 - 1 - 1 -
6 - 4 5 6 7 8 - 1 - 1 -
4 - 5 4 3 2 3 - 4 3 2 1 1- 1 2 3 2 1 2
5 - 1 2 3 4 5 - 1 - 1 -
6 - 4 5 6 7 8 - 1 - 1 -
4 - 5 4 3 2 3 - 4 3 2 1 2 - 3 2 1 1 1 -

Now make up your own songs!

Categories
#Straw
#Musical Instrument
#Cheap
#5 to 10s
#Over 10s
#Easy
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