A MUSICAL EXPLORATION OF EVERYDAY THINGS
by Al Simmons
Even the most sophisticated of musical instruments have humble beginnings.
Since saxophones and trombones don't grow on trees they must have evolved
from stuff people found in their environment.
We can only imagine, but likely the first musicians accidentally twanged
the string of their hunting bow, blew across the top of a piece of bamboo
or between two blades of grass, or hit two sticks together. They were
probably surprised by the sound they heard and experimented by trying
to make the sound louder, prettier, lower or higher. Once they found
sounds that they liked they shared their discovery with friends who
in turn shared their
musical findings. The music sounded even more amazing when everyone
played together. The first jam session!
Over many years of refinement these instruments gradually improved and
became the modern instruments that we hear today.
We, too, can make music out of found items, even stuff that is headed
for the landfill site. Our homemade instruments won't have the most
sophisticated sounds, but their construction will have the essence of,
and be played using the same principles as the finest, most expensive
Some of the construction is tricky so be sure to ask a grown-up for