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Handmade Music Factory Paperback – 26 Jan 2012

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (26 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565235592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565235595
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.5 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is different from the usual fare reviewed here, but its premise is instantly intriguing. Handmade Music Factory offers step-by-step directions for making a wide variety of musical instruments from ordinary and quirky components-including a license plate, an antique metal cigar box, or a hubcap. Most of the instruments discussed are either plucked-string instruments or percussive instruments (as wind and bowed-string instruments are less forgiving of imprecise components). The directions are detailed and well-illustrated. For any handmade instruments which require or have an option for electronic amplification, detailed directions are given, accompanied by well-photographed examples. An appendix gives detailed illustrations and patterns for proper fretboard spacing. One note for Kindle readers: Every page of the book is illustrated, with text overlaying the graphics. Since the book would be of little value without the graphics, the Kindle edition offers each page in graphic format. Since this would result in impossibly tiny text in portrait mode, the pages are flipped 90 into landscape mode, and split into two sections. This can make following text on two-column pages complicated, requiring flipping forward, back, then forward again to complete the page. Also, many can comfortably hold a six-inch Kindle in a single hand in the normal (portrait) orientation; Kindles are surprisingly awkward when held sideways (landscape!) One final Kindle-specific note. This is likely not an issue on the larger 9-inch Kindle, but on the standard 6-inch model, even in landscape mode, the text is uncomfortably small. All factors considered, if this is a book you plan to purchase, skip the ebook version and go with a physical copy. This book has much of value to a Christian homeschooling audience, but would require several edits. Two handmade guitars involving bedpans as resonators are given names playing off of words not used in polite company. Each name is mentioned two or three times. There is also a (positive) reference to "mojo," and a reference to those who make their own instruments as "subversive." With those caveats duly noted, the remainder of the book would provide a homeschooler who is both musically inclined and has decent craftsmanship skills with hours of fascinating and invigorating challenges. This book came so close to a perfect Biblical Bookshelf rating, but ultimately fell a few words short. It receives three stars. --Reviewer

From the Back Cover

Are you ready to make eight of the most creative, unique-sounding, handmade instruments you'll find anywhere? In Handmade Music Factory, musician and handyman Mike Orr shows you how to turn ordinary objects like soup cans, cigar boxes, cookie tins, and ironing boards into instruments that are as much fun to make as they are to play. Orr shares his tips and tricks for building ingenious instruments ranging from a one-string washtub bass to a three-string cigar box slide guitar using simple tools and materials. You'll also learn how to build slide, fretted, and steel guitars, electrify your instruments, and assemble an amp using inexpensive parts from the local electronics store. An amazing photo gallery, tidbits of handmade music history, and an overview of some musicians and bands paving the way in this increasingly popular music trend provide a wealth of inspiration for creating your own music-maker. So jump on the bandwagon and get your creative juices flowing. There's no right or wrong when it comes to making your own instruments, just the desire to create music and have fun doing it!

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