Music across the world differs and so do the musical instruments. Inhabitants of various places make instruments with resources naturally available to them. Using resources easily available, they could be fashioned into instruments of music. Similarly, objects could be recycled and reused, paving way for their transformation into musical instruments.
Following are the list of some music instruments that can be made from recycled materials:
This is basically a box drum made from shipping boxes or drums. In many places, this drum is square in shape, namely the Peru Coast and other Latin America countries. In olden times, it was made of dresser drawers or the boxes used for shipping by slaves. It is similar to any normal drum and can be played with bare hands, stick, or fingers. It has a lovely vibrant sound of its own. You can make it at home by using cardboard or wood.
This instrument has a very funny and strange story of its creation. Originally from Australia, it is said that some Australian ancestors were spending their night in an open cold forest once. As the night grew, it became colder. One of those ancestors went to find wood to burn fire. He came across a hollow stick, which he took for throwing in the fire. However, he saw white ants on it. In order to remove those harmless creatures, he thought of blowing some air in it. A musical sound came out when he blew the stick. Thus the didgeridoo got created.
The original didgeridoo is made of tree branch; however, you can make it using wrapping paper, pvc pipings, and similar materials.
This is a simple instrument with strings attached that once struck play harmonic music. Making a guitar or violin needs special tools and symmetry, however, string thing is an easy to make instrument. The things needed to make string thing are sturdy containers and different sizes of rubber bands. Containers can be anything from cigar boxes to shoe boxes.
Washboard is a origination from United States’ Cajun province. It is also colloquially called scrub boards or rub board. It can be made using used washboards or cardboards. These instruments can still be found in flea markets.
Originally from Africa, the Shekere is made of a hollow gourd with netting to hold beads. These make wonderful rattling sounds. It can be made using used milk jugs or similar plastic containers. To make the bead strings you can use simple objects like sand and bird seed. Basically, anything that can make a rattling sound is invited.
Musical instruments don’t necessarily require a high degree of precision and workmanship. You can make several fitting and melodious instruments by recycling or reusing materials.