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How To Play Bean Rattles (maracas)

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maracas player

You can have a wonderful time with a home-made bean rat-
tle, which makes a noise just like the maracas that you hear
with so much of the Cuban and Mexican popular music.

The rattle consists of a cardboard tube such as a mailing
tube or a tube such as paper towels are rolled on. Cut two
circles of heavy paper, each about 2 inches larger in diameter
than the tube. Put one of these over one end of the tube and
fasten it in place with both glue and string.

Now put a handful of beans, rice and pebbles into the tube
and cover the "second end. Then shake the tube and it will make
the rattling noise characteristic of the maraca.

rattles construction details
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