The Wood Tappin' Wigglin' Xylophone


My instrument is called "The Wood Tappin' Wigglin' Xylophone, which I named because it is made out of wood and when I tap it, the bars wiggle.

I thought of this idea for my instrument, but my dad helped me make it. My dad helped me when I used the saw and I needed help keeping the wood straight while I was working.

The wood I used was originally bought for our basement stairway, which was made out of oak. I used a six-inch piece of trim used for door casing, and I thought oak would be good to use because it looks nice and it is strong. The other materials I used were six washers to make the sound bars wiggly, nails, screws, tape measure to measure the length of the wood, and paint. My dad and I used the saw and a drill. We had all the materials for my instrument around the house and in our garage, except for the paint. That was purchased by my dad at Sherwin Williams in Alma.

The first task in making my instrument was to think how long each piece of wood had to be for the frame. I had to put a line where my dad had to cut the wood with the saw. I then had to drill little holes where the boards connected, so when I nailed them together the nails wouldn't break. Then I hammered the boards together with the hammer all by myself and finished the frame. I marked with a pencil where my dad had to cut the board to hook the wooden bars on. The bar had to fit inside the frame. My dad cut the bars in different lengths so they would make different sounds. Then I drilled big holes in the top of the bars so when I hit them, they would wiggle. I put the screws though the holes in the bars, put the washers on the back, and I screwed the bars on lightly.

After all that was finished I painted the sound bars blue, the top and bottom of the frame pink, the two sides of the frame green and the top wooden piece yellow. The musical stick to hit my instrument with, I also painted yellow. My whole project took me a total of about 2 hours.



The sound for my instrument, The Wood Tappin' Wigglin' Xylophone is produced when I strike the bars with the musical stick, or just simply tap the bars. This striking or tapping produces vibrations that people can hear.

I hit my instrument hard with my musical stick to make it have loud dynamics. To change the dynamics, I hit it softly to have a much softer sound. In order to change the pitches, I have to choose to hit the longer or shorter wooden bars. For a higher sound, I hit the shorter bars, and for a lower sound, I hit the longer bars. I would say the timbre of my instrument is tinkly and clinky.