These shakers are done!

Shakers are commonly used percussive instruments to give you a more energetic feel to the rhythm you are playing. Most producers use samples from originals to do the job. With extra drum automation you can get the same result like a live recording.

I prefer a live recording because: More dynamics, more motion, more energy and better sounds.

In this short DIY tutorial I will show you how I made my own Shakers from PVC.
A little video will be recorded also.

First things first.

You can make these shakers for about 5 bucks per shaker.
I bought all my stuff at a plastics store.

– All pressure PVC glue.
– PVC piping – you can choose your own diameter. We used 30mm
– Connector parts to hold the top and bottom in place.
– PVC ends which you can screw on. (In this way you can always choose to change the material inside the shakers)

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Cutting and Assembling

You can cut the pvc piping in any length you want. Depending on the sound you would like to create.

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Choose your length. It doesn’t matter how short they are.

You can use a flat file to make the edges smooth and flat.

You can use a flat file to make the edges smooth and flat.

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These are the caps I used to close my shakers.

Check if the PVC pipe has a straight edge on the top.

Check if the PVC pipe has a straight edge on the top.

Glue all the parts together and let it dry for 20 minutes. Depending on the glue you used.

Glue all the parts together and let it dry for 20 minutes. Depending on the glue you used.

Final product. You can use sandpaper to get rid of the extra glue.

Final product. You can use sandpaper to get rid of the extra glue.

The materials (produces your sound)

Your shaker’s sound will depend mainly on what materials you choose to put inside it. Some good, basic materials to use include:

  • Polenta. This will deliver a very soft, light sound and may not be loud enough for live performances.
  • Rice. Slightly louder than polenta, the sound of a rice shaker will be sharper and more of a rattle.
  • Lentil. A shaker filled with lentils will sound rough and loud.
  • Bean. For a harsh, loud rattling sound similar to that of maracas, use beans in your shaker.

Your variables will be:

  • The material of the container.
  • The material of the filling and.
  • The size of the container.

Two guiding principles:

  • Don’t mix fillings of different sizes in the same container. The sound will be hard to control that way.
  • Don’t overfill or underfill.

On the internet I found other articles regarding these DIY shakers, so here’s a short list:

Thanks for reading!

DIY Shakers with PVC – Thats all!

4 thoughts on “DIY Shakers with PVC

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