a few more pointers:
1. Get a variety of sizes: Your
balloon drum set will sound its best with a wide variety of
sizes and types of shells, ranging from low bass drums (stew
pots with three foot balloons) to high note drums (coffee
cans with eleven inch balloons)
2. Tightening the tone: Once the skin is
on, you can pull it tighter or looser to change the pitch
of the drum.
3. Embrace the experiment: As you create
balloon drums, think of yourself as a scientist in a lab—constantly
experimenting. For every 10 lab experiments, maybe only one
will work. But when it does, there is a genuine feeling of
discovery. Making balloon drums is an experimental process.
Don’t get frustrated early on. Pay close attention to
what makes good sounds and what doesn’t. If you see
the experiment through, your reward will be a group of drums
that have their own special character and sounds, adding to
the individuality of your balloon drum set.
Keep it cheap:
One cool thing about balloon drums is that they can be made
quite inexpensively. Never pay more than $5 for a container
unless you think it will contribute a special sound that your
drum set lacks.
5. Shopping for Balloons: It is ideal to get to know
various brands and sizes of balloons, without investing too
much money. To do that, visit a balloon wholesale store, avoiding
party shops since they tend to carry only cheap party balloons
that are way overpriced. Online, you can check www.tmyers.com
in order to see the kinds of balloons that are out there (they
also have really good prices).