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Make a Thumb Piano

Thumb PianoMaterials
1x4s or 2x4s cut into 4" or 5" lengths
colored masking tape
push pins
large bobby pins (straightened and cut to different lengths)
craft sticks
rubber band

Instructions

1) Glue two crafts sticks onto board securing with a rubber band (diag.A).Glue two crafts sticks onto board securing with a rubber band. Front view.  Glue two crafts sticks onto board securing with a rubber band. Back view.

2) While the glue is drying decorate the board with colored masking tape.

3) Tape four bobby pins of different lengths onto the crafts sticks (diag.B).Tape four bobby pins of different lengths onto the crafts sticks.

4) Glue two more crafts sticks on top of the taped bobby pins and secure with rubber band (diag.C).Glue two more crafts sticks on top of the taped bobby pins and secure with rubber band.

5) Push colored push pins through both sets of crafts sticks and into the board to hold the bobby pins tight so they will make a good sound (diag.D).Push colored thumb pins through both sets of crafts sticks and into the board to hold the bobby pins tight so they will make a good sound.

6) After the glue has dried, bend each bobby pin up to about a 45 degree angle so you can thumb them with you thumbs.Bend each bobby pin up to about a 45 degree angle.

If you put you thumb piano against other things such as a table or another instrument, the sound will be louder. See what makes the best sound.

 

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