Gillespie News – Jamming Piano

The Lab_13 committee came up with an idea to make a piano out of jam jars and water! We had jam jars left over from our honey project, and thought of using the jam jars for the piano. We started this piano project on Tuesday 24th February, we think it will take until next week to finish it.

Members of the management committee putting together the piano, using tuning forks to help find the right notes

Members of the management committee putting together the piano, using tuning forks to help find the right notes

With the spatula we hit the jam jars to make a sound. The different amounts of water in the jam jars made the different sounds. The less water, the higher the pitch of the sound, and the greater the amount of water, the lower the pitch is. We tried playing twinkle, twinkle little star, and we got as far as “how I wonder what you are”.

The jamming piano and spatula

The jamming piano and spatula

The Lab_13 committee asked our music teacher Caroline to see if we could borrow some tuning forks. At first, the committee did not know how to use them. Carole explained, then we compared them with our jam jars. We managed to match the C from the tuning fork.

Next week, we are planning to finish the piano and we can show you the final piano!

Written by Zarrin, Y5

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