How do I design my instrument? Part 2
Some people design instruments by playing with materials and getting ideas.
Others have an idea for an instrument and then find the materials they need.
Still, other people do a combination of the two. How will you design an instrument?
- How do I design my instrument?
- Do I expect it to be perfect the first time?
- What decisions do I need to make about my instrument?
Try designing your instrument with one of the following approaches:
Approach 1: Planning First
- Make a drawing of an idea that you have for an instrument.
- Include notes in your drawing about how your instrument might work
- Then make a list of materials that you would need to build the instrument.
Approach 2: Playing First
- Play with the materials you have available. Experiment with how they make sounds.
- Make a prototype of an instrument
- A prototype is a first draft that you use to get ideas, but can change later or scrap to make something better.
- It is okay if your instrument does not work the way you thought it would. Use this to learn from and improve upon in the next tutorial.
Share What you Learned
- Share a drawing or a photo/video of your prototype.
- Describe how it works and what you like/don’t like about it.
Return to the XP How can I create instruments and interfaces with Recycled Materials? (continue to the next XP in the mini-playlist)