STARTING CLASSES ON SIMULATED INSTRUMENTS MEANS MAKING
How to make a box Violin/Viola
- Find a box from cake mix, croutons, etc. It should measure
approximately 8” x 6” x less than 3”.
- Make violin necks out of a stick:
Home Depot's paint stir sticks work fine and
they are free! Careful, the stick must be sturdy enough
to sustain a child's use.
a small straight slice in the box, the width
of the stick where you would insert the
- Glue the stick inside the box, inserting
it about 3-4 inches. Use massive amounts
of hot glue.
the box firmly with crumpled up
newspapers. Make it quite sturdy and unable to be
- Using packing tape, close the end;
tape around the box in many
places - width and length
the box with construction
paper, wrapping paper, etc.
everywhere. Expect that
any loose edges will
get ripped off.
- REMEMBER DURABILITY IS
- Hot glue a square
of non-skid material
under the box where it
touches the shoulder. You may want
to put a rubber band
and add a sponge for long necked
a sticker or
draw a flower on the
neck where the stick
bow will meet the body
of the violin/viola.
- Place 3 dots in
the B-C#-D positions
on the fingerboard.
How to make a stick bow
- Buy 48” long 3/8” dowel and have the store cut it in half
(or do it yourself) 48” Costs about $1.25.
- Sand the ends of the stick
to eliminate splinters and sharp edges.
- Buy pink
pearl erasers (on special $.49 for a two pack)
off the ends of the eraser in order to make
possible, make an indentation the
length of the eraser so that the stick will fit
- Hot glue the eraser
to the stick about 1/2” from one end.
tape around the stick and
frog - keeps it clean and helps make
it more sturdy.
How to make a cello from PVC pipe
- Buy 3/4” PVC pipe ($1.25
for a long pipe that will make almost 2 cellos)
cross-joints for 3/4” pipe (+ shaped) - one joint
for each cello - about $1.00 each
- Buy four
ends for 3/4” pipe - about $.30
- If you are
going to make many cellos, get a
PVC pipe cutter - about $9.00
- Cut two 6” lengths, one 26”-30”, one
(you will be able to adjust
these lengths to the child by cutting off pipe as
in the cross joint the two short pieces opposite
- Assemble the
longer pieces, across form each other,
with the longer part
meant to be the neck of the cello.
- Add the
tube ends to the 4 open
- You may wish to
glue all these parts
together with special
PVC pipe glue, but this
will mean you can not disassemble
the cello for storage and
will also make size adjustments
a 2”- 4” long section of the larger
pipe. You need pipe
large enough to accommodate
the larger tip of the
real bow. Tape this small pipe securely
about 4 inches above the knee cross
bars. The bow will be
placed inside the tube
for practice. Three
different levels of string crossing
are possible inside this pipe (D
is flat, A tilts up,
G tilts down).
- Once the cello is
fitted to the child,
add finger dots for each finger
and thumb (I use round
stickers for fingers and
a cotton ball, felt pad,
piece of velcro
or corn pad for the thumb).
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