Makey Makey Guitar: step-by-step tutorial with pictures

With students at home right now, several parents have asked us about fun and engaging projects that can be done at home. Here’s one — how about building your very own electronic guitar! It’s a fun and extremely accessible project that students of all ages will enjoy! Let’s get started.

Things you’ll need: 

 

 

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This is all that you need to create your guitar

Makey Makey Guitar Tutorial: 

Let’s take a look at how to make your guitar at home with Makey Makey. Yes, you read it right – your guitar! We all know its Covid-19 and you can’t come out of your homes. But should it stop you from understanding new concepts, gain new knowledge, and being creative? Not at all. This guide will go through the steps to create your very own guitar at home with the help of a handful of easily available supplies. We know you can’t wait to see how to make this musical instrument with your own hands, so can’t we wait to explain.

 Recipe for fun:

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  1. Glue 4 washers at the top and 4 washers in the middle of the foam base. Make sure the washers at the top hang a little off the edge. We will be clipping alligator clips to the washers at the top.

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Invent with Makey Makey

Step 1

  1. Connect the washers at the top and middle of the base with copper tape.

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Invent with Makey Makey

Step 2

3. Using the blunt edge of a toothpick, add a small drop of conductive paint to reinforce the flow of electricity between the washer and copper tape.

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Invent with Makey Makey

Invent with Makey Makey

Step 3

4.  Add your alligator clips to the washers at the top of the guitar base.

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Step 4

5. Glue the plastic base of the alligator clips. This will limit movement of the alligator clips and keep them out of the way while using the guitar.

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Step 5

6. Use 2 pieces of locking tape on the “handle” of the guitar, and 2 pieces of locking tape on the front of the Makey Makey.

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Step 6

7. Route the 4 alligator clips from the washers to the up/down/left/right functions on the Makey Makey. Using a paperclip, reinforce the wires of the alligator clips and tape it down to the guitar base.

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Step 7

8. With the Makey Makey and alligator clips secured, let’s add a way to stay grounded while playing the guitar. Using a strand of copper tape, cover the entire “earth”.

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9. Keeping the copper tape one continuous strand, bring it along the entire arm of the guitar. This way, it looks like the player is actually

playing the guitar, and it keeps the player grounded and the electricity flowing!

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Invent with Makey Makey

Step 9

We hope now you have enough information for creating your guitar, through the skillful integration of foam base, Makey Makey, and a handful of other pieces. Oh yes! One important thing – We cut out foam into the Star shape because our students wanted us to do so. You can create any form or figure you desire and land into the world of creativity. Trust us, it’s not at all difficult to create a guitar at home all by yourself, but is a super exciting and rewarding activity.

Learning may look different right now, with no teachers or friends around but isn’t it worth giving it a try and to be proud of your accomplishments. So, that you can click the pictures, take videos and send them to your buddies and motivate them too to learn while they stay indoors and watch TV most of the time? Afterall Covid-19 cannot stop creativity.

We would love to hear from you and are desperately waiting for you to share the pictures/ videos of your self-made guitar. By the way, this is what our students have made in the past:

Go ahead and all the best!