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Recycled Instruments: Wind Instruments

Continued from here. Wind Instruments The earliest flute was nothing more than a hollow stick with a few holes drilled into it.  But there’s no law that requires the flute to be made of wood or metal (clay flutes...

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Recycled Instruments: Diddley Bow

Continued from here. Diddley Bow   If you happen to have some spare parts, such an electric guitar pickup and an amp, you can forget about your instrument needing acoustic properties.   Jack White shows how a...

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Recycled Instruments: Gas Can Guitar

Continued from here. Gas Can Guitar   If the twenty or so bucks it might cost to put together, here’s another route.  This one goes back to using a gasoline can, but the can is kept fully in tact (well, maybe...

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Recycled Instruments: Kalimba

Continued from here. Kalimba   www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3kEEyLKUvw   Take, for example, the humble kalimba or thumb piano.  On this recycled version of the instrument, the lid from a small tin box is used for...

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Recycled Instruments: Steel Drums

Continued from here. Steel Drums   Steel drums are constructed from discarded 55 gallon oil drums that are relatively thick (more an 1/4”) and heavy compared to the 1 gallon gasoline can that can used to form a...

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  • Bring your old instruments out of retirement for a great cause
    SAPPA is a music and arts preparatory program that delivers a musical experience for youngsters in under-served communities through workshops, clinics in partnership with tutorial, mentoring and instructional programs. As you might expect, the program serves many students who cannot afford instruments and schools with limited resources. Possibly you can help. Please check your closets […]
  • The Importance of Advancing the Gig
    We have told you–and some of learned the hard way–to advance every gig. In other words get all of the info possible about parking, load-in and -out, power, supplied backline gear, etc. Here is a video that explains why. Ignore the chimpmunk voices, just look how far it was from the stage to the loading […]
  • Motörhead Does Disney
    A Motörhead Song…In A Disney Movie? Yep. The Disney Flick BOLT, starring John Travolta and Miley Cyrus, features Motörhead’s, “Dog-Face Boy” from their Sacrifice album. The song plays in a mailroom scene where a young worker is listening to it on his headphones and inadvertently wraps Bolt up in a box that gets shipped off […]
  • PreSonus CDL Series Loudspeakers Enhance Services at Bethany Grace Fellowship
    With its mission to introduce people to Jesus, embrace them as family, and help them to grow, Bethany Grace Fellowship employs a mixture of both traditional and contemporary worship styles. After struggling with an outdated sound system that was insufficient for the size of the space, church management elected to upgrade. This resulted in the […]
  • FreedomBack Wireless Monitor System
    More and more of us are getting away from loud wedges on stage and going to personal monitors (the kind that go in your ear). The FreedomBack—from Hear Technologies, the same folks who brought us the award-winning HearBack monitor mixing system—is an easy to use and affordable way to cut the cord and make those […]