By Mary Y.
My instrument is called, “Fresco Flauta” which means Cool Flute in Spanish. My dad and mom helped me make it. My whole family made a trip to Menards to buy a piece of PVC pipe and a cap. When my family got home, my dad and I went to my Grandpa’s garage to use his tools. I used a tape measure and measured out 15 and 9/16 inches and cut it with a saw. My dad helped me with the saw.
After putting the cap on one end, my dad and I made the mouthpiece by drilling a 3/8 inch hole through the side of the cap and through one side of the pipe.
Next I measured out where to put the finger holes and I marked them on the pipe. I used the drill with the help of my dad and drilled five holes. That did not work so I put a piece of tape over four of them. I then placed a piece of tape over the open end of the pipe and after many tries I was able to make it sound like a real flute.
My family and I went to Wal-Mart and bought three rolls of duct tape. The patterns on the duct tape were cheetah, zebra and flames. I cut the tape into strips and wrapped them around the pipe.
After that I studied the Dynamics. First was the Loud Dynamics. I blew really hard to get that. For the Soft Dynamics I blew lightly. Next are the Pitches. In order to get the pitch to change from High to Low I just move my thumb up and down on the hole. The Timbre of my instrument is resonant. Sometimes the Timbre even sounds like a train whistle.