Hopkin Making Simple Musical Inst. Book Cover

Bart Hopkin


This volume offers detailed and easy to follow instructions for making 30 innovative and highly playable musical instruments. Only basic carpentry skills and a few power tools are required to build them. Illustrated plans are clearly laid out for building many familiar wind, string and percussion instruments. The emphasis here is not on fine woodworking, but on crafts for making things that value in sounds they produce as well as feel of the playing. Things that work musically and have a distinctive musical personality. Over 100 beautifully detailed illustrations accompany the text along with dozens of color and black and white photographs. A wonderful book to share with kids.

Bart Hopkin was founder and editor of Experimental Musical Instruments, a quarterly journal dedicated to new and unusual musical instruments, since its inception in1985. (EMI is no longer in print.) Mr. Hopkin received a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1974, and later received a B.A. in music education from San Francisco State University. A professional guitarist, he has taught, written, composed, performed and recorded in many places, including Kingston, Jamaica, where for several years he researched and wrote on Jamaican children's songs and revival church music. 

144 pages. CM-17 

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