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The Air Xylophone

by Hakeem S.

The name of my instrument is the Air Xylophone. I got the idea at my music class when we were playing instruments. the instrument family it is in is percussion. It makes a high sound mostly. It hangs from pieces of a two by four.
Now I'm going to tell you the materials. I used sting, copper pipes, and wood. I found the wood lying around. My Grandma gave me the string. I got the pipes from Home Depot. The copper pipes I cut one inch shorter than the other. The string I cut so that they could fit through the bar and go around the wood.

Next, I'm going to tell you what I had to do to make it. First I made a frame. I made it by nailing four pieces of wood together. Then I painted them white. I measured the pipes to divide them into sections. Every bar was one inch shorter than the other. Then my Dad cut them. He also drilled holes in them so I could hammer them on the wood. When I was testing it, I had a problem. It would not make any sound. So my Grandpa came up with an idea. He told me I should hang them on something so he found two little pieces of a two by four. We nailed the ends of the frame on the two by four. Then I put some string in to hang the bars on the wood. When I was done my Dad stapled the string to the wood.

Next, I'm going to tell you how to play it. You play it by hitting the bars with a stick of some sort. You can change the pitch by hitting another bar . You can play it two ways by hitting the sides of it or by hitting the tops of the bars. It doesn't change volume much.

Last, I'm going to tell you what I liked and disliked. I thought I wasn't going to be able to do it but I did. I liked making the project. I did not like writing this paper. I learned if you put your mind to it you can do anything.