DIY Music and Composition
I probably built 50 failure guitars. However, I am beginning to wonder if they were indeed failures. Some of them did work, but were really hard to play. Others did not make it that far because I never could get the neck on without something going wrong. Yet, I am beginning to wonder if they should be called failures because each one taught me another lesson in how sound and mechanics of stringed instruments. In an imaginitive craft one has to consider when and why failure. Honestly Failure probably should be called failure when you did not learn anything. Learning is always of high value. The most important value is imagination. If you did not imagine then you never would be inspired much less desire to improve your imaginitive craft. This is an Imaginitive Craft afeter all.
Pictures all over my website here are actually different periods of time. One of the biggest things I learned about my imaginitive craft is how to become flexible.
I probably rearange my apart about 3 to 4 times a year depending on what I am doing and what stage my each project is in. The idea is to use all unlike hobbies to complete a craft in some way.
Probably the biggest thing in my DIY music is that I like to use anything and everything to make instruments. From paper to craft wood such as plywood. The Biggest problem you encounter is structural intergrity. Once you figure that out its mostly prefference and what is easier for you to play.
Being able to play within the aspects of correct and proper form is important. However, in the long run every musician finds his own inner self through his outward expression. Basically this; a musician will eventually decide what they prefer and it may not even be proper by the time they master their instrument.
Probably the most readily available is paper and craft wood. It comes in all different shapes and forms. From popsicle sticks to pre cut wood. Even wooden dowels and popular stick shapes such as tooth picks. Some guitar players even made their own guitar completely out of trash with the exception of the strings. They just find different methods of tuning. Although some have figured out how to make old school gut strings made out of animal fibers. Literally anything within reason can be used. Don't let anyone tell you about how an instrument sounds. What we call timbre is persional prefference. A fleminco guitar will sound radically different then a jazz artchtop. Also a Fender with magnet pick ups will sound different then a silent guitar with piezo pickups. Are any of these not qaulified to be considered an instrument? They make sound don't they?
To me I find it better not to fight wih too many limitations. My first guitars that I learned on were made out of card board, paper, anmd craft wood. Originally I learned how to play on a First Act guitar. Back when i was a teenager they were the cheapest to get and even appeard in many different stores that also sold groceries or they were a toy store that also sold toy instruments. They were not really the best, but they get you started. Keep in mind your budget when selcting materials. Also if your still learning your instrument I encourage you to take lessons on a cheap student instrument no matter what instrument you choose. Its better to start with something that gets you familure with how to play in the standard. You don't stop doing a method only because your not good at it.
In building instruments you never want to go too far with expensive materials unless you know the methods will bring you to a playable instrument. Not just playable, but one that inspires you to play. My most expensive one was made out of oak. The wood grain was so wide that the neck snapped accross the grain line. So perfectly that you thought it was split fire wood. I learned a valuable lesson about materials and how to start on a smaller budget. I chose craft materials after that because I did not have as much money comming in. I was still job hunting as well. When I did get a job I went to better materials and built the guitar shown that is painted white. It has pink petals on front and the back is the tree of life. Speaking specifically about God of the Holy Bible.