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ZOOM | Pitch: Making Guitars

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Vibrations are the basis for all sound. Controlling the frequency of sound-producing vibrations is the key to creating and playing musical instruments. In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members demonstrate how to make guitars out of boxes and rubber bands, as well as how the sounds these instruments make can be manipulated.

ZOOM | Experimenting with a Glass Xylophone

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The cast investigates how the pitch of sound changes when they strike a variety of glasses filled with different amounts and types of liquids in this video segment adapted from ZOOM. When you hit an empty glass with a spoon, both the glass and the air inside it vibrate. You hear these vibrations as sound through the air.

ZOOM | Kid Musician: Mexico's Guitar Town

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Perfecting the frequency at which a guitar vibrates is important to creating pleasant-sounding guitar music. However, for many, including the boy featured in this ZOOM video segment and the others in his "guitar-crazy" town, guitar music goes beyond simple sound vibrations. Follow along as Andres prepares for the citywide guitar competition and describes the practice and passion behind his beautiful musical performance.

Pitch: Straw Kazoo

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In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members make a simple musical instrument from a straw. Through their exploration, they discover that pitch--how high or low a sound seems--can be altered by simply shortening the straw. This demonstrates the direct relationship between pitch and the amount of vibrating air contained in a musical instrument.

Hana's Japanese Drums

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Drums have played an important role in many cultures for thousands of years. In this video segment from ZOOM, a young girl named Hana talks about her interest in the art of Japanese Taiko drumming and describes the drums and techniques involved in this traditional art form.