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THE ROSIN CAN
We would hardlv call this a musical instrument, but musical
friends have stoutly maintained that it is one and have said that
this book would be incomplete without it. And so, here it is—
the last and probably the most unmusical instrument in the
What its correct name is, we don't know. We have heard it
called a Rosin Can, a Bull Roarer and a Squawker, so you can
make your own choice.
To make it, take a tin coffee can and make a small hole in
the bottom. Through this hole you thread a piece of strong
string well-rubbed with rosin. You can get the rosin at a music
store, for violinists use it on their bows. Tie a knot in each end
of the string and everything is all set.
To operate the gadget, hold the can with your left hand,
* clipping the string between your left fingers. Then take the
other end of the string in your right hand, pull it taut and
pull it through the hole, letting the string slip through your
left fingers. If everything works well, you should get a loud
burring or roaring sound.