The name of my instrument is the “Bucket Bass”.
How I got the idea was I was thinking of my violin. My
instrument belongs to the string family. It is made from a
popcorn can with a drilled hole in the center of the bottom.
I attached a pool stick and a string. When you pull the
string tight it makes a higher sound. When you let the string
loosen, it makes a lower sound.
The materials I used were string, a
popcorn can, and a pool stick. My nanu (grandfather) had an
old popcorn can someone gave him for Christmas and an old pool
stick. We went to Menard’s and bought the string.
We made the instrument by drilling a
hole in the middle of the bottom of the popcorn can. Then we
cut off the top of the pool stick. After that, we drilled a
hole in the middle of the top end of the pool stick to attach the
string. We had a problem finding my nanu’s good drill, but we
found his old drill downstairs.
I play the instrument by putting my foot
on the edge of the can to hold the can in place. Then I put
the stick on the edge of the can and pull it back. I pluck
the string and tighten or loosen it to change the pitch.
I liked how this project turned
out. I liked making the instrument with my
grandfather. I helped put the string through the
holes and attach the stick. I learned you can make an
instrument out of anything!