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Flute

As you already know, the Chang Jiang river runs from west to east across China.  Chinese civilization goes back for thousands of years. There is evidence that the Chinese have had a well-developed musical culture since at least 1000 B.C.  Traditional Chinese music was played on solo instruments, meaning one instrument at a time. One of the oldest known Chinese instruments was the bamboo pipe or bamboo flute.  The Chinese had plentiful bamboo, which has a hollow stem, so using it to make an instrument made perfect sense. Take a look at the video below to hear what a bamboo flute sounds like.

Follow the link below to read more about bamboo flutes.
https://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/learn/article/read/item/BkKQSMGL1A8/level-one/vjCERymxAIA/bamboo-flute-chinese-flute-dizi.html

Making a bamboo flute is pretty easy, but unlike the Chinese, most of us don’t have a lot of bamboo laying around.  What you might have on have handy is a drinking straw. Did you know that you can change the drinking straw into a musical instrument?  It might not sound quite as beautiful as a bamboo flute, but it will still make music. Watch the video below to learn how to turn an ordinary drinking straw into a flute.  All you need is a plastic straw and a pair of scissors.

When you are finished making and “playing” your straw flute, think about the following questions:

  1. Why does the sound change when the short becomes shorter?
  2. Why does there need to be a V cut into the top of the straw where you blow?
  3. How does adding the holes to the straw make a change in the sound?
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