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Make Your Own Blowers
Garden Hose Trumpet
materials: Garden hose, funnel or plastic bottle, duct tape ................................................................................ ..........
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1. Cut hose, about 3 3 feet is good length, longer and fatter makes it harder to blow.
2. Cut piece of duct tape 4 to 5 inches long.
3. Insert small end of funnel into the cut end of hose. Or cut off soda bottle top and insert in neck of hose. Tape into place. The larger the funnel, the louder the sound.
5. Coil the hose into a circle and hold in place with tape.
Plumber's Pipe Cross Flute
materials: 15 inches of PVC plumber's pipe, large cork cut down to about 7/16" in width to fit into the pipe
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1. Clamp PVC down with cardboard under the clamps to protect the pipe. Carefully mark with pencil: 3 1/2" from the left, 4" from first mark, 1" from second mark, 1" from third mark, 1" from fourth mark, 5/8" from the fifth mark, 1 1/4" from the sixth mark, 2 1/4" to the end. Drill each hole carefully and directly in the center of each pencil mark.
2. Push the cork down into the left end.
3. Not necessary but decorative, are threads for wrapping. Choose any color and start wrapping. put a dot of glue at each end of thread to hold it.



Mouth Bow (see figure 1)
materials: 3 feet narrow lattice or a lightweight yardstick, fishline (50 pound-test) .......................................................................... ......
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1. Cut notches into the lattice or yardstick as shown in diagram (a).
2. Drill a hole into each end (a)
3. Tie fishing line to one end of lattice. Go into the notches and then thread it into the hole. Tie a strong knot (b).
4. Pull the fish line taut so that the lattice curves. Tie tightly to the other end of the lattice.
5. To play, place the bow against opened mouth and pluck the string with fingernail or pick. Changing the shape of the mouth helps create the melodies.




Clay Whistle
materials: salt, water, flour, small whistle, lentils or beads...... ........................................................................ .............................
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1. Mix: 1 cup water, 1/2 cup flour, 1 cup salt, into a saucepan.
2. Heat mixture over low heat stirring continually until it is thick an rubbery.
3. Put mixture on a floured surface.
4. Roll half the clay into a ball around whistle. Be careful not to cover the mouthpiece or the opening.
5. Work the clay to create heads, legs, wings, etc. Use beads, lentils for eyes or decorations.
6. Allow the clay a day before blowing.



Straw Oboe (see figure 2)
materials: plastic drinking straw..................... ...................................................................... ..........................................................
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1. Pinch one end of the straw flat.
2. To form a double reed, cut that end of the straw into a point.
3. You can make other sounds by varying the length of the straw.
4. To play put reed end in the mouth just past the lips and blow hard.




Tube Kazoo
materials: toilet tissue or paper towel tube, wax paper or tin foil, rubber band ...........................................
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1. Cut a circle larger than the end of the tube from the wax paper or foil.
2. Put this circle over th end of the tube smoothing it out. Hold it in place with the rubber band. It must be smooth and tight.
3. With a pencil or pen twist a hole into the tube just below the rubber band.
4. To play, hold the open end of the tube to your mouth and hum or sing into it. You might have to pucker your lips a little.



Comb Kazoo
materials: comb, wax paper or wrapping paper...................... .................................................................................. ......
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1. Fold piece of paper in half.
2. Place comb inside the folded paper.
3. To play, hold one end of comb. Place lips slightly against paper. Experiment with the sounds or sing your favorite song.