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Musical Saws: The Real Power Of Music

hand saw

If you think saws are only great for cutting down trees and for carving wood sculptures, think again.

Yes, that’s right! Saws can be used as musical instruments, too!

Check out the real power of music – via these facts about musical saws:

  • Also called a singing saw, the musical saw is a type of hand saw.
  • It has the ability to create ethereal tones like a theremin, an electronic musical instrument first developed in 1920 and played without bodily contact from the musician.
  • The musical saw is classified under the Hornbostel-Sachs system as friction idiophone with direct friction, a type of musical instrument that creates a vibrating sound even without strings or membranes.
  • It is usually played seated with its handle pressed between the legs and its far end held by one hand.
  • It has a wider and longer blade than the usual saw meant for cutting down trees.
  • It doesn’t have sharp teeth and might sometimes have a parallel grain to its back edge.
  • Those made with thinner metal has great flexibility, while those made with thicker metal has richer tones, longer sustains, and stronger harmonics.
  • It was first produced over a century ago in the United States.
  • It was also produced in Germany, France, Scandinavia, and some countries in Asia back then.
  • Only three companies in the United States were left producing musical saws by 2000: Mussehl & Westphal, Charlie Blacklock, and Wentworth.
  • By 2012, a new kind of musical saw was produced by Index Drums: the jacksaw, which has a built-in transducer on its handle.
  • Natalia Paruz, a.k.a. Saw Lady and a renowned New York-based musical saw and novelty instrument player, holds an annual Musical Saw Festival every summer in New York City. She has also produced one in Israel back in 2007.
  • In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 30 musical saws were mentioned to be played in an orchestral performance during Nearly Headless Nick’s 500th deathday party.

Wanna see how a musical saw is played? Watch the video below!

Ah, the real power of music just proved to be even more fascinating. Aside from that, musical saws do not only exist to create simple music – being mostly known for cutting down trees, other woodworking tasks, and all – but also exist to create masterpieces and other music legacies that anyone can truly be proud of.

Check this table saw buying guide for more information about the different kinds of saws used for other artistic purposes.

Consider This Before Purchasing A Juicer

Maybe you’re someone who prefers doing things with music in your ears.

For example, sweeping the floor while dancing to Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars or taking a bath while singing to See You Again by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth.

Refreshing, eh? That’s right! Even more so, it’s just like drinking a glass of fresh juice – made from juicers like those seen in


However, you might also be someone who prefers doing things quietly for better concentration.

So, consider this before purchasing a juicer…

Is it quiet or is it loud?

Whether you’re using a toaster, a microwave oven, a blender, or a centrifugal juicer, you need to consider if the machine you’re purchasing is quiet enough for you to use it anytime or loud enough for you to disturb others’ sleep.

And with that, other factors like type and speed must be considered:

  • Type. A juicer basically has 2 types: the centrifugal and the masticating. Centrifugal juicers are usually quiet due to being used for fruits and vegetables only. Aside from that, its sound won’t be too forced as it only needs a few pieces of what you’re planning to make a refreshing drink. On the other hand, masticating juicers are usually loud due to being used for a variety of fruits and vegetables. Aside from that, its sound would be too forced as it can accommodate lots of pieces from what you’re planning to make a refreshing drink.
  • Speed. Sometimes, the noise a juicer emits depends on its speed. Juicers like the centrifugal ones can be fast and quiet as it heats more and produces more friction to break down the fruit or the vegetable you’re planning to make a refreshing drink from. On the other hand, juicers like masticating ones are usually slow and loud as it doesn’t heat much and produces less friction to break down the pieces of the fruit or the vegetable you’re planning to make a refreshing drink from.

So if you’re someone who prefers doing things quietly for better concentration, then consider purchasing centrifugal juicers. And if you’re someone who prefers doing things with music in your ears, then consider purchasing masticating juicers.

But if these considerations fail to encourage you in purchasing a juicer, you can always go for what’s most used, what’s more affordable, and what’s more swift. Even more so, you can always find reviews online to help you make a decision.

4 Music-Themed TED Talks for Music Lovers

Music is a deep well of information, stories, and inspirations that make for interesting discoveries. Its history, varied cultural significance and traditions, and innovations over time provide constant fodder for study and exploration. Whether you are a music student or someone who works in the industry or simply interested in anything related to music, here are some of the best music-themed TED Talks worth watching.

Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music

English conductor Benjamin Zander shares his passion for classical music and his interesting take on how to tap into our love for it. Infused with humor and inspiring stories, he talks about the love for music and the power of possibilities among others.

David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve

“The writer, Thomas Frank, says that this might be a kind of explanation why some voters vote against their best interests, that voters, like a lot of us, assume, that if they hear something that sounds like it’s sincere, that it’s coming from the gut, that it’s passionate, that it’s more authentic. And they’ll vote for that. So that, if somebody can fake sincerity, if they can fake passion, they stand a better chance of being selected in that way, which seems a little dangerous. I’m saying the two, the passion, the joy, are not mutually exclusive.

Maybe what the world needs now is for us to realize that we are like the birds. We adapt. We sing. And like the birds, the joy is still there, even though we have changed what we do to fit the context.”

Famous instrumentalist David Byrne talks about music, venues, and how context sparked innovations in the music industry.

Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

Deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie demonstrates how listening to music goes beyond just using our ears to hear the sounds. It is an awe-inspiring talk that provides a glimpse into the power and depth of music and how we can always learn new ways of truly enjoying it.

Itay Talgam: Lead like the great conductors

If you think that leadership and music is unrelated, think again! This video features Israeli conductor Itay Talgam who talks about the leadership challenge a conductor faces. It is an insightful talk that imparts important lessons on leadership using examples based from some of the most legendary conductors’ styles.


5 Most Visited Musical Attractions in the World

One of the perks of traveling is the chance to explore places associated with your specific interests. And if you are a music lover, you probably would not want to miss out on doing things that the inner fan in you may want to see and experience. The list seems endless when it comes to points of interest that would pique any music enthusiast’s curiosity. But we tried to narrow it down to some of these most visited musical attractions in the world that you may want to add to your list of destinations.


Location: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA
Why go: A theme park owned by country music icon Dolly Parton. This family-friendly destination offer different types of theme-park rides and entertainment. The place also hosts festivals and special events year-round making it a suitable getaway for people who want a brief escape somewhere around the Great Smoky Mountains. Dollywood also features a resort and accommodations for those who wish

Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum
EMP Museum
Location: 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, Washington, USA
Why go: The Museum of Pop Culture, more known as The Experience Music Project or EMP Museum, is a space dedicated to modern pop culture. Its rock and roll collection is one of the museum’s top attractions featuring artifacts, memorabilia, and exhibits from music icons like Jimi Hendrix and so much more. The building that houses the EMP is likewise an interesting attraction in its own right with features that point to the musical inspirations and influences seen on its design.

Location: Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Why go: The home of Elvis Presley is now one of the most popular music attractions in Memphis. Fans and rock ‘n’ roll lovers often make a pilgrimage to this site when in the city. The estate’s main attraction is the museum that features a collection of memorabilia and other personal items that provide a glimpse into the life of the legendary King of Rock and Roll.

Hansa Studios
Hansa Studios
Location: Köthener Str. 38, Berlin, Germany
Hansa Studios is a famous recording studio that has seen the creation of some of the best works of top artists like David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Iggy Pop, and U2 among many others. It is housed in a former guild hall that dates back to 1913. David Bowie’s Heroes album, which is one of his iconic “Berlin trilogy”, was recorded in this legendary studio.

Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Location: California, USA
The Joshua Tree National Park has drawn thousands of U2 fans since the release of their album The Joshua Tree in 1987. It is home to the fallen tree featured in the album. It also hosts a wide array of music events and festivals.