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Handmade Music Factory: The Ultimate Guide to Making Foot-Stompin'-Good Instrumentsby Mike Orr
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Are you ready to make eight of the most creative, unique-sounding, handmade instruments you'll find anywhere? In Handmade Music Factory, musician and handyman Mike Orr shows you how to turn ordinary objects like soup cans, cigar boxes, cookie tins, and ironing boards into instruments that are as much fun to make as they are to play. Orr shares his tips and tricks for building ingenious instruments ranging from a one-string washtub bass to a three-string cigar box slide guitar using simple tools and materials. You'll also learn how to build slide, fretted, and steel guitars, electrify your instruments, and assemble an amp using inexpensive parts from the local electronics store. An amazing photo gallery, tidbits of handmade music history, and an overview of some musicians and bands paving the way in this increasingly popular music trend provide a wealth of inspiration for creating your own music-maker. So jump on the bandwagon and get your creative juices flowing. There's no right or wrong when it comes to making your own instruments, just the desire to create music and have fun doing it!
The most creative musical instrument book you’ll ever find!
You don’t have to be an expert or spend a lot of money to make your own musical instruments. Just follow-along with handyman Mike Orr as he guides you through the making of 8 of the most creative instruments you’ll find anywhere. From a one-string guitar made from a soup can, to a hubcap banjo and even a stand-up guitar made from a vintage ironing board—you’ll make instruments that look great, sound great, and deliver some foot stompin’ fun.
Hand-making musical instruments is part of a growing trend that even celebrities such as Jonny Depp and guitar legend Jack White are taking part in. It doesn't require a lot of money or an expertise in woodworking and electronics, all it takes is a little creativity. In Handmade Music Factory, handyman Mike Orr guides you through the construction of eight of the most unique and imaginative instruments found anywhere - from a one-string guitar made from a soup can, to a hubcap banjo, and a stand-up lap steel guitar made from a vintage ironing board. There are also directions for an amp that can be assembled using inexpensive parts from the local electronics store. There's no shortage of inspiration to draw upon in creating an arsenal of instruments that look good, sound great, and deliver some foot stompin' fun!
Learn how to make eight of the most unique and imaginative instruments found anywhere - from a one-string guitar made from a soup can, to a hubcap banjo. Author Mike Orr takes you inside the growing trend of handmade music and shows you how with a little creativity and some salvaged parts, you can create your own arsenal of instruments that look good, sound great, and deliver some foot stompin' fun!
About the Author
Mike Orr is a professional carpenter and owner of Built2Last Guitars. He has designed, built and sold hundreds of instruments. The highlight of his career was when guitar legend Robert Randolph played one of his guitars in front of a live audience. When he is not in the shop, Mike can usually be found touring the music festival circuit in his VW van.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Chapter 1: Gallery of Handmade Fold/Primitive Stringed Instruments (from author and others) Chapter 2:Tools, Materials and Basic Techniques (sources for salvaged/recycled materials) Chapter 3: Step-by-Step Projects Cigar Box Guitar (fretless) Wine Box Guitar (with frets) Hubcap Banjo Cookie Tin Guitar Stand-Up Lap Steel Guitar (made from a vintage ironing board!) Washtub Bass Stomp Box Amplified Washboard Chapter 4: Plugging In! Step-by-step, how to convert any of the above to electric versions using simple/cheap parts from Radio Shack Homemade Amp: how to make an amp from old radio parts Appendix (plans for above instruments)
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