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Water Bottle Membranophone

Going Further

  • Use different drinking bottle tops to see what kinds of sounds you can make.

  • Try making a paper tube that is twice as long or four times as long.

  • Try using different materials across the top of the bottle, like a balloon or wax paper.

Background Science

Let's Hear It for the Ear!
Learn about the different parts of the ear and how they work.
Ages: 5-10

The Science of Music
Mix your own songs, join an online drum circle, or learn more about sound on this Exploratorium site.
Ages: 11+

How Hearing Works
Learn about how sound travels to the ear and how ears work.
Ages: 11+    

Back to Water Bottle Membranophone videos

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  • Stripped Down Motor
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