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Minor Versionm

by Raghottam Joshi

Introduction

Flatten the given plastic straw and cut one end of it in a `V' shape. Place the cut end into your mouth and blow to create sounds. You can cut the straw to varying lengths to change the frequency of the sound, or make holes in the straw (like a flute!) and create multiple notes from a single straw.

Video Overview

    • Handle scissors and cutters or any sharp tool carefully.

    • Be careful not to insert the straw too far into your mouth.

  1. Take two straws: one straight and one bendable straw. Cut the straight straw into two pieces such that the smaller piece is 5 cm long. Keep the bendable straw aside as we will use it afterwards.
    • Take two straws: one straight and one bendable straw.

    • Cut the straight straw into two pieces such that the smaller piece is 5 cm long.

    • Keep the bendable straw aside as we will use it afterwards.

  2. Measure and make a mark approximately 2 cm away from one end of the 5 cm straw piece Now flatten the marked end of the straw piece and cut it in a triangular 'V' shape, like an arrowhead. When viewed from the side, the cut should look like a crocodile's jaw!
    • Measure and make a mark approximately 2 cm away from one end of the 5 cm straw piece

    • Now flatten the marked end of the straw piece and cut it in a triangular 'V' shape, like an arrowhead.

    • When viewed from the side, the cut should look like a crocodile's jaw!

  3. Do the same with the longer straw piece Do the same with the longer straw piece Do the same with the longer straw piece
    • Do the same with the longer straw piece

  4. Take the bendable straw and cut it below the bendable part. Take the longer piece, flatten the end of the straw and cut it in a triangular shape of about 2 cm, exactly like in Step 2.
    • Take the bendable straw and cut it below the bendable part.

    • Take the longer piece, flatten the end of the straw and cut it in a triangular shape of about 2 cm, exactly like in Step 2.

  5. Fold the bendable straw at 3 cm from the end of the `V' cut. Cut/nip one of the two corners to make a diamond-shaped hole. Note that, to have the holes on the "top" of the oboe rather than the "sides" you have to bend the straw in a way such that the `V' shape on the pipe is perpendicular to the line where you bend the straw. Make another hole 3 cm further up the straw from the previous hole.
    • Fold the bendable straw at 3 cm from the end of the `V' cut. Cut/nip one of the two corners to make a diamond-shaped hole.

    • Note that, to have the holes on the "top" of the oboe rather than the "sides" you have to bend the straw in a way such that the `V' shape on the pipe is perpendicular to the line where you bend the straw.

    • Make another hole 3 cm further up the straw from the previous hole.

  6. Play the oboe by inserting the cut-end of the straw in your mouth and blowing steadily into it. Ensure that your lips are placed just ahead of where the reeds begin when you blow. Do not squeeze the straw with your lips. Also ensure the reeds are flattened and kept as close to each other when you blow through them. You may also attempt to play the oboe by placing the uncut end in your mouth, and sucking instead of blowing!
    • Play the oboe by inserting the cut-end of the straw in your mouth and blowing steadily into it.

    • Ensure that your lips are placed just ahead of where the reeds begin when you blow. Do not squeeze the straw with your lips. Also ensure the reeds are flattened and kept as close to each other when you blow through them.

    • You may also attempt to play the oboe by placing the uncut end in your mouth, and sucking instead of blowing!

    • You have 3 separate oboes. Play with them individually first.

    • Blow through the straw, both short and long, with the cut end in your mouth, and you should produce a nice loud, constant sound!

    • Now do the same with the multi-note oboe; block the holes with your fingers and play the straw like a flute!

    • You may now also try and play by placing 2, if not all 3, oboes in your mouth and playing them simultaneously.

    • The straw oboe may not produce any sound if:

    • You blow too hard or slow.

    • The triangular "crocodile’s jaw" (reed) is too small.

    • Not enough of the reed is inside your mouth.

    • The straw is not flattened enough at the cut, i.e. the reeds are too far apart.

  7. Oboe made using straws of different stiffness. A spiral is made along with the oboe to create a spinning "trunk" as you blow through the oboe. Oboe made with straws of different diameters.
    • Oboe made using straws of different stiffness.

    • A spiral is made along with the oboe to create a spinning "trunk" as you blow through the oboe.

    • Oboe made with straws of different diameters.

    • Oboe made with straws of varying length.

    • Make the straw oboes using the DIY straws of different paper materials instead of the plastic straw.

    • If you want to learn how to make these variations, please go to Straw Oboe (Variations)

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