This shop mechanic noticed when he dropped wrenches on his shop floor they made a certain pitch. He turned that idea into something beautiful.
Mechanic Brandon Anderson was wrenching on some cars earlier this week but he clearly had Christmas on his mind. Brandon noticed that dropping certain wrenches sounded a lot like notes so he found the right sizes for certain notes and filmed himself dropping them musically on the floor to the tune of Jingle Bells.
Check out his amazing bit of shop floor symphony that all your car enthusiast friends would love to see. Brandon also uploaded his video to Youtube.
Brandon mentions how he was, “Out in the shop today and I dropped a couple wrenches and heard a tune in my head. So this ensued.”
Crouched on the cold shop floor with a cushion for his knees, Brandon picks up and drops each wrench, even pausing to keep time with the music.
If there’s one Christmas tune everyone knows, it’s Jingle Bells. With just five notes, it’s one of the first few songs everyone learns on an instrument.
Just like a vibrating tuning fork, although not exactly pitch perfect, certain wrench lengths do vibrate close enough to the notes C, D, E, F, & G.
If you’re like me and this is the first time you’ve heard of wrenches as instruments you’ll be equally surprised to know this isn’t all that new.
Here are a handful of videos showing more complicated wrench xylophone setups.
There are even instructional articles on how you can make your own wrench xylophone. For accuracy, you can probably plunk notes on a piano to get the pitches just right.
If you’re just a bored shop mechanic or your kids want to start a literal garage band, this is a fun little project that combines science, music, and everyday tools you have lying around.
If you attempted this bit of shop music, what tunes would you play? Let me know in the comments below.