It is a musical instrument made of different sizes of tube tied together
in a bundle or a row. Pan pipes have been around for along time. legend sais,it was created by the Greeks. They named it after a Greek God named pan-the patron of shepards.It is said to be the oldest Greek musical instrument from that civilization.
It has been around since the 3rd mellinium b.c. Shepards played them alot when tending to sheep.
There is a lot of ancient greek art with the pan pipe in it . It became popular in the Tang Dynasty( 618-907) . There is evidence it existed way earlier around 6th century b.c.
The pan pipe was and still is played in the andes.Their music has alot of the pan pipe. .
most pan pipes are made with 11 to 18 pipes. The longer the pipe the lower the sound
what you will need
2 flat wood file
3.two long ,fairly wide pieces of uncracked,dry bamboo
cutting the bamboo
When you go to cut the bamboo,i leave a plug section at the bottom
The ends of the bamboo sections have to be plugged and the rest of the pipe hollow so,bottoms plugged,tops(which is the blow hole) hollow. Cut 6 to 8 more. Each one shorter than the one before. I started out with my first piece being1 1/2 to 2 ft long then each one shorter after that.
The top part,with the blow holes, should line up evenly straight across.The end bottom part with the plugs, should be slanted. see image below
After your bamboo is all cut,you will need to punch all the plugs out except the end one,A long metal rod or a stick will work.shove it down inside and hit with a hammer it should pop out. Be sure to get all the loose particles out.
When you are done with that,take your file and some sand paper to smooth the rims of the blow holes .that will prevent you from getting any slivers.It also makes it smooth to slide your lips across when playing a tune.
Next step is putting the pipes together. Line the tubes up and put tape around them to hold them evenly together.Remember blow holes top,even.bottom plugs will be slanted.now put string around the tape to hide it,You can make a fancy design and even add a little beads.whatever you like and boom!! It is done
To be honest with you i have never played one of these,this will be my first try. To play a pan pipe you blow across the opening like you blow into a pop bottle to make the sound.Iam sure it is gonna take a bit of practice but it is all in fun right?
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