- An empty can
- An old innertube
- A large rubber band
- A pair of scissors
Step 1: Find a metal can (like the one at left) and remove the lid (food cans work well). A larger can will produce a more booming sound; a small can will give a softer thump.
Step 2: Fill the can 1/4 to 1/2 with water. The amount of water you add will determine the pitch of your drum.
Step 3: Cut a rectangular section of innertube that will stretch across the opening of your can.
Step 4: Stretch the innertube over your can (pictured at right), as tightly as possible - have a friend help you with this! Secure it with the rubber band. If the rubber band is not strong enough, cut a thin strip off of your innertube and tie it around the drum head.
Your water drum is now ready to play! If you don't have a drumstick handy, you can use any hard, smooth, slightly rounded stick.
Learn about different drums.
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