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Just had the opportunity to demonstrate instrument building while inciting over 100 10-year olds to greater musical heights.


What started as an invitation to show off a CBG to a class learning about homemade instruments, became a full-blown presentation to the entire 4th grade in multiple assemblies by the time I got there.


Gourd percussion instruments, CBGs, Kalimbas, and more burrowed their way into the imaginations of some really cool kids. We even built a "Altoid and Bobby Pin Kalimba" on the spot. Twice.


My own grandson was a class member...he brought an awesome Diddley Bow he made from a plank of wood, a coke bottle, and some welding wire. He even built in a wire hanger to store the comination slide / tuning wrench. Those apples fell real close to the tree.


Yeah...they'll learn if you take the time to teach.


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Comment by Randy S. Bretz on March 6, 2011 at 10:57pm
Yeah seems kids are really into playing homemade instruments. I know for myself my grandkids are always in my shop playing mine. My grand daughter rosie who`s 5 wants to start building her own....lol. She already does what most of my tools are and has no problem getting dirty...so shes already off to a great start. Her older sister maddie who`s 10 is taking violin lessons in school. Guess I`m going to have to make a homemade fiddle too. Conqrats Dan for passing this gift of making something with ones own hands on to the next generation.
Comment by Ted Crocker on March 6, 2011 at 11:10pm
This is great Dan, nice thing to pass it on.
Comment by Richard Stark on March 14, 2011 at 11:12pm
Awesome Dan, more people need to be doing that! Especially in our area.
Comment by Dan DeBruler on March 15, 2011 at 7:02am

Another grandson popped in last night with a similar project. He brought a cardboard box and a set of Martin strings. I talked him into making a diddley-bow with a soda can as a resonator. He marked and drilled the holes, and I put the string on.

He left with a cardboard box, a set of Martin strings, and a diddley-bow. I tossed in a homemade pick and a copper slide.


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