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DIY of the Week – Harmonica with Popsicle Sticks

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Hi there! Hope you had a great week. We’re back here to get you started off with the next one with this cool DIY of another musical instrument. Make sure to look at the older ones (every Monday) to see if you missed one in the past few weeks.

This week’s project is an easy harmonica (or mouth organ). So, let’s get started.

Image source – Mum in the Madhouse

 

What you will need:

1. Two popsicle or craft sticks (wide ones work best)

2. Two rubber bands, or pieces of string

3. A strip of paper cut to match the size of the sticks you are using

4. Two pieces of toothpick, cut to the same length as (or slightly longer than) the width of the craft sticks

5. Paints or any other material to decorate the craft sticks

Image source – Anna Gillespy

 

What you need to do:

 

Step 1

Paint or decorate the craft sticks as per your wish, and let dry/set.

 

Step 2

Arrange the cut piece of paper between the two sticks.

Image source – Pomelody

 

Step 3

Wrap a rubber band on one side of this arrangement, until the sticks are nice and snug with each other.

Image source - Skip to my  lou

Image source – Skip to my lou

 

Step 4

Stick one of the toothpick pieces between the two craft sticks and slide in to the end with the rubber band. Follow this up with placing the other toothpick piece at the open end, and fit it in by tying the other rubber band on this end. (It works best if you ensure that the piece of toothpick at one end is placed under the paper, and the one at the other end, over the paper.)

Image source – Anna Gillespy

 

And you’re all set. All you have to do now is blow between the sticks, and that’s your very own handmade harmonica!

Image source – YouTube

Mumbai Harmonics performs at QTube Cafe

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Like all other musical instruments, the harmonica too isn’t easy to master. However, unlike the guitar, which has a reputation for being be a chick magnet, the harmonica gives you no brownie points with the ladies and so, not many lads take to learning this instrument. But, the harmonica is a melodious instrument and, if played properly, can conjure up some very fine and moving tunes (that’s probably why girls fell in love with Sunil in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa) There are a few men in Mumbai who know this to be true and have pursued learning the harmonica with perseverance and passion. Several of these harmonica enthusiasts have come together to form the group Mumbai Harmonics, a group that meets up frequently to jam and help musicians connect with each other. Recently, they put up a performance at QTube Café. The event saw Harmonica enthusiasts belonging to different age groups and occupations come together to create wonderful music. Several of them put up delightful improv performances that proved their mastery over the instrument. The event was a treat to the ears, and very inspiring for aspiring harmonica players. Here are a few images from the event:

mumbai Harmonics 2 copy

mumbai harmonics 3 copy

mumbai harmonics copy