Straw Pan Pipes

Straw Pan Pipes

Posted 2013-07-19 by MonStafollow
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.




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



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



  • 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

    It works these pipes are nicely tuned


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



    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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    238018 - 2023-07-18 02:18:18

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