I reviewed the
material list and searched around my house for the
items I needed and found that we had most
everything. I carefully reviewed the instructions
on how to build a shoebox banjo and then proceeded
to construct my instrument.
Day 1, I gathered
materials for my shoebox banjo. Items I gathered
were shoe box, wood, fishing line, screws and glue.
Day 2, my Mom and I went to the store to get the
paint. Day 3, I measured the wood for my Dad and he
cut the needed pieces for my instrument. Day 4, I
assembled my instrument using the cut pieces and my
Mom's glue gun to hold pieces intact. Day 5, I put
my banjo in an old box on the basement floor and
painted my instrument, it took a couple coats of
paint. Then I added the screws and strings to my
banjo. Day 6, my Mom helped me with the wording of
my report and I typed it on our home computer. I
also practice my oral report today. Throughout
assembling my project I kept hand written notes and
a rough draft for typing my report.
My instrument has to
be strummed or plucked to produce sound. Strumming
can be done by using a small object called a "pick"
or by brushing your fingertips across the strings.
The tightness of the strings and placement of your
fingers is what produce the sound. By placing my
fingers at different areas on the neck of the banjo
gives a different pitch. The faster I strum my
banjo the faster the timbre. The force I use when
strumming changes the dynamics.