Making a musical instrument : The scraper

An activity which will allow your children to make their own musical instruments



- A dry piece of bamboo cane or giant cane (Aurundo donax) with a diameter of 1.5 or 2 cm
- A hardwood stick


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Cut a 20cm piece of bamboo cane, with an opening at one of the ends.
Cut deep notches every centimetre in the bamboo without cutting through the tube.
For a better sounding instrument, make two longitudinal slots.
Simply cut a notch into each side and make a longitudinal slot from one of these two notches.
Split outwards, then widen the slots.


Scrape the tube with the stick while following the rhythm of the music or the song.

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