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A Thousand Twangling Instruments

Make your own musical instruments

Shakespeare for Kids

John Strong. Treble viol. England, 16th century?

The instrument to the right is called a viol. Introduced into England early in the sixteenth century, the viola da gamba--a fretted instrument of six strings played with a boy--became extremely popular among both professional and amateur musicians. Audiences enjoyed the shimmering sounds produced by the instrument and it was also relatively easy to learn. Viols were the staple of domestic music-making. 


In the nineteenth century, viols were often converted into violins, violas or cellos, with new necks, fingerboards, pegboxes, and scrolls suitable for four strings. 


Follows the links below to make your own musical instruments:


To make a Rubber Band Box Guitar, click here.


To make Tube Horns, click here


To make a Styrocello, click here.


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