The Purple Rockin' and Rollin' Zoe

by Zoe


My instrument is called the Purple Rockin' and Rollin' Zoe. My Mom and my sister helped me make it. After I chose what I wanted to make, Mom and I went to the Rosebush Hardware store and got the supplies I needed to make my instrument. To make my instrument I needed a curved metal bar, screws, washers, spray paint, felt pads, three large coffee cans which my Mom had been saving for me, and a medium, sized box.

The first thing I did was get the box set up in the basement. I cut the bottom off of two fo the coffee cans and sat them all inside the box. I then used the spray paint to put the first coat of paint on. My Mom put the second coat on when I was in bed and then she added a third coat the next day so that it could dry before I got home.

Next I got the screw gun and my Mom drilled holes in the cans so that I could put the screws in that would hold them together. While Mom drilled the holes, I got the screws and felt pads out. After the holes were drilled my Mom and my sister helped me to put one of the felt pads on the screws. Then the screw was put through each hole and another felt pad was put on. After that I put a washer and a nut on the end of each screw and my Mom tightened the nuts on for me so that my instrument would not move around and fall apart.

The next thing that had to be done was to screw the middle drum to the metal bar. I did the same thing with that screw using the felt pads and a washer and a nut. I put the plastic lids back on the tops of the cans and put an extra lid on the bottom of one of the cans that I had cut the bottom off of. I put small beads in the can that still had a bottom and left the third can open at the bottom.

In all my instrument took about 2 days and 2 and 1/2 hours to make.

My drum sticks are made from 2 pencils and 2 pencils top erasers. I glued the pencil top erasers on the lead end of the pencil by using Elmer's glue.

To produce sound I hit the three drums. Each drum has a different pitch. To change the pitch I can hit the drum with the drumstick close to the rim to make it higher and in the middle to make the pitch lower. I can make the dynamics soft by hitting the drums lighter and make the dynamics louder by hitting the drums harder. I can also change the dynamics by using the different ends of my drumsticks. The regular ends of my pencil drumstick erasers make a lighter sound and the pencil top erasers glued to the other end make a deeper sound. My drums timbre is like a loud or soft thumping sound.