How to make a pan flute

We have already explained in other articles how to make musical instrumentsa harp and a piccolo. Today we will learn how to to make a pan flute and a wooden guitar without a soundboard.

Pan flute

Pan flute

The pan flute is that wind instrument that reminds us so much of the Andean latitudes (where the reeds of the flutes can be more than a metre long), although it was also played in ancient Greece in honour of the nymphs. The truth is that, depending on where we are, this musical instrument is known by different names (with their variants): zampoña, siringa, nai, sicu, antara... Let's try to make one.

You will need:

- Seven reeds.

- A hacksaw.

- A file.

- Two leather straps.

- Ornaments.

First, we cut seven pieces of cane at the knots. Look at the picture. Each piece should have a different length.

Cutting the pan flute

Then we file the mouth of each cane and place them side by side (in ascending or descending order) and tie them with leather ribbons or string. Finally, we can add decorations, tying beads, feathers, etc. with string.

Filing the edges of the pan flute

Guitar without soundboard

Yes, it is possible to have a guitar without soundboard. Of course, it will be a guitar very particular and very easy to make. With it, not only a child can be entertained; if we have a fusion music group and we like to introduce musical instruments We can try the sound of the guitar that we propose to you. There are alternative groups that even play in their concerts with the classic children's apparatuses with sounds of pigs, cows, chickens... In music, we set our own limits.

You will need:

- A 50 x 10 cm wooden board.

- A 10 x 2 cm wooden block.

- Twelve sockets.

- Six guitar strings.

We take the board and screw the sockets as shown in the drawing: on the side at the same height, and on the flat surface in an upward direction. Then we tie the ropes tightly to the sockets.

Homemade guitar.

The last step is to insert the wooden block under the strings to tighten them as much as possible. If you tie the strings in the body of the socket, you will be able to tighten them when you turn them and tune the guitar at home. Keep in mind that new strings go out of tune faster.

If you have any questions or want to tell us how the musical experiment went, don't forget to drop by the forum to comment.

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