Homemade percussion - Sticks and Beaters
homemade percussion home
shape, length thickness, weight and other characteristics of the
beater are as important as the instrument itself. Whether from drums
or common objects a wide range of sounds can be extracted by the
use of different beaters and striking areas.
Start with dowels from the hardware store in many
thicknesses and several lengths from 8" to 15", with the
edges sanded (rounded off). These sticks are instruments unto themselves,
and in addition to using them as beaters, they are useful spread
out asccording to pitch on a sheet of foam or thick cloth, played
with other sticks.
sticks and beaters is an art. You can use chopsticks, including
the larger cooking chopsticks, or pencils, perhaps with "pencil
pillow" cushions glued on the end, knitting needles, and even
with polycarbonate beverage containers like the one at lower left...
Photos of a few of our favorite beaters are forthcoming.
We'll be sharing the way various sticks and beaters are made from
dowels, latex tubing, rubber and other tape , felt, leather, etc..
in the meantime..here are a couple of lihks:
to make a 2x4 xylophone
to make Surdo (Brazilian bass drum) mallets