Making Gourd Musical Instruments

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Sterling Publishing Company, 2007 - Crafts & Hobbies - 144 pages
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Pluck them, bang them, shake them, and blow into them! These instruments--from wood temple gongs to water drums and stamping tubes--produce every type of joyful noise. Make a fun "gourd orchestra” of rattles, like a Mesoamerican Indian rain stick and African shekere; a Caribbean guiro; a gorgeous mbira or thumb piano; and friction drums that wail or roar. There are instruments from near and far, from the unusual to the familiar banjo and guitar. Tips on choosing, cleaning, and sealing a gourd, and decorating and playing the finished instrument, help to create beautiful music.

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They are probably sold out by now. This is an awesome fantastic book. I have made a lot of stuff out of gourds. Im normally not that impressed with gourd books but this one is perfect in every way ... Read full review

Making gourd musical instruments: over 60 string, wind & percussion instruments, and how to play them

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Historically, ethnic groups in many countries have used a great number of musical instruments made from gourds. In North America these instruments are used mainly by percussionists. Most of the step ... Read full review


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Ginger Summit Ginger Summit is a founding member and vice president of the California Gourd Society and a spokesperson who travels to libraries and convention to promote gourds as art forms. Summit has written Gourds in Your Garden: A Guidebook for the Home Gardner and The Complete Book of Gourd Craft: 22 Projects, 55 Decorative Techniques, 300 Inspirational Designs.

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