THE STRING CANS PROJECT is about splitting a guitar into six single-string tin-can instruments for use in community orchestras. They will change the music world, one string at a time.
STRING CANS 01 covered selecting suitable cans
STRING CANS 02 covered the cutting of a wooden front disc
IN THIS POST I show, in a series of images, how I cut the holes in the can to accept the stick.
The stick (or neck) I chose is a broomstick cut lengthways into a half-round. You could use a square or rectangular stick if you don't have a way of cutting a round stick in half. You could also plane one side of a round stick by hand. I think the half-round shape will be comfortable to play.
In the following pics I show the second can-hole being made. The first I had already done in this same way.
I have left the stick way too long to experiment with different string lengths. A guitar measures 650mm nut to bridge while a uke is just 330mm. I'll try different lengths, resonator discs and string gauges before gluing together. I think that this instrument is for string one, tuned to E4, 329.63 Hz. Also note that the stick will need to be recessed inside the can to allow room for the front disc to vibrate freely.
NEXT WEEK - strings, tuner and frets
PREPARING THE GARGARRO GALA
An article written for the local Girgarre Gazette (to be published after Easter and previewed here) describes the process of creating an orchestra of locals with DIY instruments, then writing a major work for them.
BACK IN GIRGARRE
Music Supermarket and
this Girgarre Blog now reactivated.
THE STRING CANS PROJECT is about splitting a guitar into six single-string tin-can instruments for use in community orchestras.
This blog documents it as it evolves. The blueprints will be published and available for free to anyone who would like to build one.
Change the music world,
one string at a time.
INTRO 20 Dec 2017
INSPIRATION 24 Dec 2017
01 Tin Selection 01 Jan
02 Front Disc 02 Jan