Wash Tub Bass

by Shelby


My instrument is called a Wash Tub Bass. My Dad helped me make it. To make it me my Dad and my sister went to our woods and cut down a straight tree. The tree had to be straight for the process to work. When we were back in the woods my Dad cut all the branches off the tree as I watched.

After my Dad cut all the branches off my Dad went to ACE hardware store and got the tub. When my Dad came back from ACE my Dad held the stick as I drilled a hole into the side of the stick for the U-bolt to go through the stick and through the tub. As my Dad held the tub I drilled a hole through the bottom of the tub. I tied a knot and put duck tape around the knot. I drilled a hole in the top of the stick. Me and my dad fastened a eyebolt to the stick through the hole. I pulled the rope through the eyebolt and tied the knot so the rope would stay tight. So now when you strum the wash tub bass it makes a low sound.

It took about 2 weeks to make it. Including painting it. My Mom helped me paint it. First I had to paint it with vinegar. Then painted over it with lisa pink. My Mom had the idea of putting on glittery stickers.

To change the dynamics I pluck the string hard to make it loud and pluck it soft to make a soft sound. To change the pitch I move the hand I'm holding the stick with up or down to make a high or low pitch. The timbre sounds low -- "twang humm".