Need guidance using accelerometer/gyroscope with wave shield

For my project, I am trying to make spinning balls on strings make sound. There are lots of possibilities inside of this, I can have a wav. file sped up or slowed down based on acceleration which sounds like the simplest way to go, or have certain splices of the wav. file play based on the threshold readings from the accelerometer and/or gyroscope. I've been looking online for instructables and tutorials but haven't found much that i'm able to understand. How might you go about doing this?