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Make a Rubber Band Guitar

Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
vibration, sound waves, frequency, pitch
rubber band guitar

Introduction

Did you know that the modern guitar is an instrument that dates back over 4,000 years? The first guitar music was published in 1546, during a time when guitars still had strings made from animal intestines! While guitars have a long history, they are still extremely popular in modern day music. Have you ever wondered how they make the music you listen to everyday? In this activity we're going to make our own guitars, and experiment with the different sounds we can create.

Credits

Megan Arnett, PhD, Science Buddies
Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Long tissue box with single hole in the top
  • Assorted rubber bands
  • Pencils or pens (2)
    rubber band guitar materials

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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
vibration, sound waves, frequency, pitch