Phil and his daughter, Sarah, have created a special resource on building and playing a homemade glockenspiel.  It includes step-by-step instructions, sheet music, and play-along music tracks.  It has everything you need to be successful with your project, from beginning exercises to duets and quartets you can play with your friends.  Just like our homemade water bottle xylophone, panpipes, fraction tubes, melodic tube drums, and didgeritubes, our glockenspiel is tuned to play an 8-note scale in the key of C.  Also, if you're participating in Science Olympiad, be sure to check out our 2014 Science Olympiad Addendum.   

“Building and Playing a Tubular Glockenspiel”
by Phil & Sarah Tulga


Phil’s daughter, Sarah, guides you step-by-step in building a beautiful sounding glockenspiel made from Electrical Metallic Tubing (EMT) pipe. She provides exact measurements and playing tips so your tubes vibrate correctly and sound in-tune.

You will learn special exercises to develop your playing technique, and some great songs to play by yourself and with your friends.  To help you learn faster, Phil and Sarah have included sheet music written in treble clef, and play along tracks for each song.

It's the perfect project for scouts who are making a homemade instrument.  In fact, you will see many scouting songs in this package.  Homeschoolers will also enjoy the project as a cross-curricular activity on math, measurement, music, and the physics of sound.  If you’re building an instrument based on the  2014 Division B Science Olympiad Competition, please see the addendum below.

This complete package (including step-by-step instructions, playing tips, exercises, songs, duets, quartets, and the 2014 Science Olympiad Addendum) costs only $14.95.

To download this PDF book on "Building and Playing a Tubular Glockenspiel" along with all the music tracks, just click the "Buy Now" button below.


Table of Contents



I. Preparing your materials
     - Table: exact water measurements for each tube
II. Building your Glockenspiel
III. Playing your Glockenspiel
IV. Playing techniques
     - Scale, Counting rhythms
V. Beginning songs
     - When the Saints Go Marching In
     - Lightly Row
     - Go Tell Aunt Rhody
     - Matarile (folk song from Mexico)
     - Oh Susanna
VI. Intermediate songs
     - Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
     - Song of the Dragon (Chinese New Year song)
     - Camptown Races
     - Oh My Darling Clementine
     - Tue Tue (folk song from Ghana)
     - This Land is Your Land
     - On Top of Old Smokey
     - Daisy / Bicycle Built for Two
     - Home on the Range
VII. Playing with a friend
     - Hot Cross Buns (duet)
     - Mary Had a Little Lamb (duet)
     - Yankee Doodle (duet)
     - Good Night Ladies (duet)
     - Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me (duet)
     - Jingle Bells (duet)
     - Jolly Old St. Nicholas (duet)
VIII. Playing with four or more
     - Row Row Row Your Boat (4-part round)
     - Frère Jacques / Are You Sleeping (4-part round)
     - Taps

IX. 2014 Science Olympiad Addendum










2014 Science Olympiad Addendum

If you would like to build a percussion instrument for the 2014 Division B Science Olympiad Competition, Phil and Sarah have now included all of the tube lengths to make "Instrument 1" for the Sounds of Music event.  In their addendum, you will learn the pitch names, exact pipe lengths (in centimeters), and frequencies (in Hertz) for all 27 notes in the “allowable scoring range” between F3 and G5.  The pipe lengths are tuned and calibrated to an "A-440", and the frequencies they produce are precisely based on the “12 tone tempered scale.”  Additionally, you will learn exactly which tubes to play for the required “F Major Scale (F4 to F5)”, as well as the formula for equal tempered tuning.  This addendum is now included at no extra charge in the above package, "Building and Playing a Tubular Glockenspiel" by Phil and Sarah Tulga. 

Also, see Phil and Sarah's Melodic Tube Drums, Didgeritubes, and Panpipes to read about other instruments that meet the 2014 Science Olympiad requirements.

Sarah Tulga
Science Olympiad
National Medalist

in Sounds of Music














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