Friday, January 27, 2012

Tutorial: How to make a balloon drum

I haven’t done this thing in years. Many of you might have done it in your childhood, and for many it may be a new thing, a new learning. Allow me to demonstrate how to create a simple musical tool, The Balloon Drum.

Materials required: A torn piece of balloon, an empty cup, and a rubber band.



Stretch the balloon piece flat over the mouth of the cup:


Tie down with the rubber band, so it is airtight.



Your balloon drum is ready. Pinch it to make a “Twangggg” sound.


28 comments:

  1. Hahahaha.. nice 1!! it reminds me of how, in those days, some mizo bands used to create double bass instrument by using old tea parcel boxes.. lolz!!

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    1. Didn't they say necessity is the mother of invention?

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  2. Hahaha...simple but lovely.
    Kum riat ka nih laia, ka nau ka tih tahna chhan a ni. A hnuah a biangah zawi tein ka fawp a, a mittui nena a nuih kiang kiang lai; ka mitthla ah a la cham reng...

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    1. Nau te tih tah leh tih lawm chu i thiam zawng tak a ni maw! You must have been a sweet little boy :)

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  3. Made that in office the other day.. didnt even need the rubber band cos' the tension in the balloon is sufficient to pull it tight enough to hold onto the cup.. my colleagues were amazed.. I was the "Man with the drum" up until we realised we wasted a good hour which could've been productive.. hehe..
    PS: Put your lips on the edge of the cup (as if you were drinking out of it) and blow really hard.. makes one hell of an annoying sound too.. 2 musical atrocities in one!

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    1. I got this inspiration after some of the balloons in the office burst and I saw the torn piece just lying around. I think I too should demonstrate this to my colleagues.

      And yes, we too used to make that brrrpppp sound just like you said. Isn't it funny how we all did the same things during our childhood?

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  4. Ka Tutorial problem nen chuan a in awl hlei hle mai a.

    Good post ti ve mai ang...:)

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    1. Tutorial a nih avanga har tung tur a ni kher hlei nem. I Tutorial problem har i tih deuh hunah hei hi intih engthawl nan i lo hmang dawn nia. You're welcome ;)

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  5. A ha! Kan hrât ve thin lutuk. A ri pang pang zel. I post chu, lung a tileng mang e aw..

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    1. In lo ti ve thin maw? Hriat pawh i lo hre tawhlo ang a...

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    2. Nia, ka lo hre tawh lo tak tak! Kan ngaihtuah tawh ngai si lo va, hetia i rawn phawrh hian ka hrechhuak ve leh chauh zawk a nih hi. A dang pawh naupan lai thil ang chi hi rawn phawrh zel rawh.

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  6. Naupan lai minti hrechhuak mang e 70's bawr vel hairehai. :P

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    1. Hairehai ... maybe you should teach Janis how to do this, something like wisdom being passed down the generations :)

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    1. Thiam hran lo e, every kid did this, I was only reviving a long forgotten art form.

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  8. A va han hman thlak tak em!! Gauhati a lehkha kan zir lai khan Mizo Service ah khan motor tube chhia leh tin chhia atnga siam, khuang te reuh te kha kan hmang thin a, a vaw tu khan a zai tui deuh chuan a vaw thelh nawk nawk thin.

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    1. In khuang (?) chu a ri a va mak dawn ve aw. It took me about 15 minutes to click the pictures and write this post, sometimes you get this sudden inspiration after weeks of drought.

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  9. are yaar... nopan laiin kan siam v thin tih poh ka lo thyhghilh toh lom le.. very luglenthlak (true story)

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    1. I naupanlai a la rei vak loh hmel eee i thil type duh dan atang hian :P

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  10. Hahaha! You didn't complete the instructions. Last step: Take a stick, go carol singing and beat the rhythm on your brand new drum.

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    1. Good idea. Will keep that in mind when December comes around.

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    1. chuan kan pahnihin kan concert dawn a mi? :-P

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    2. Ni mai ang chu, nang One-Man Band i ni anga, kei side dancer.

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  12. hahaha hei chu lung a van tileng ve aw

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