Motor Horn

horn from a vintage car, rather than a modern car horn. Beaters: Hand.
Motor Horn:
Motor Horn

Ratchet

Handle cranked wooden ratchet. Beaters: Hand. Note: The 'over-the-head- ratchet favoured by football supporters is also usable, but difficult to control.
Ratchet:
Long
Short

Squeaker

A plastic squeaker.
Beater: Hands.
Kevin Hathway is not entirely serious!
Squeaker:
Squeaker

 

 

Washboard

A metal washboard.
Beater: Metal or hard wood.
A standard instrument in skiffle and folk music. Less common in orchestral music.
Washboard:
Scrape
Pattern

Whip

The orchestral whip comprises two hinged strips of wood with handles allopwing them to be slapped together. Beaters: Hand.
Whip:
Hit
Pattern

Wind Chimes

Made from various suspended materials (bamboo, metal, glass, shell, etc.) and designed to be sounded by the wind.
Beaters: Any hard or medium beaters.
Wind chimes:
Wind chimes


The Orchestra: A User's Manual is a free resource and will remain so. It still receives between 8,000 and 16,000 unique visits per month from all over the world. See the testimonials. Thanks to all the donations, I have been able to create this responsive re-design. But the movies and sound clips recorded in 2004 do show their age. I would really like to re-record everything and add many more techniques, especially for solo and ensemble writing. I estimate this will cost around £30,000. If you know a source of such funds, please contact me: a.hugill [at] bathspa.ac.uk