Making a Reed Pipe
Some orchestral instruments, such as oboes and bassoons, make their sounds when a double-reed vibrates. People in many countries around the world make reed pipes. For example, a reed pipe from Turkey is called a zurna. One from India is called a shawm.
- 5 plastic drinking straws
- hot water
Cut the cardboard into a shape that is wider at one end than at the other, as shown.
- Ask an adult to heat a pot of water on a stove or hot plate. Remove the pot from the heat and turn off the source of heat.
- Hold the ends of the straws in the hot water to soften them. Then flatten the softened ends by
rubbing them with the side of a pencil.
- Cut the flattened ends of each straw into a
point, as shown. This is the reed. Cut the
other end of each straw so that each straw
is a different length.
- Tape the straws to the cardboard in order from longest straw to shortest.
- To make a sound, close your lips tightly around the straw so that the "reed" is inside your mouth. Then blow hard to vibrate the reed.
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