Bamboo Tongue Drum

Ethnic Instrument - Bamboo Tongue Drum


A bamboo Slit drum. Round instead of square! Fun to play suitable for all ages.
-available in dark or light wood tones.
Origin: Bali

24,95 €

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History of slit drums:

A slit drum is a hollow percussion instrument, usually carved or constructed from bamboo or wood into a box with one or more slits in the top. Various varieties are found around the world. This Bamboo Drum can be held in one hand and light weight making it very easy to transport. 

The ends of a slit drum are closed so that the shell becomes the resonating chamber for the sound vibrations created when the tongues are struck, usually with a mallet. The resonating chamber increases the volume of the sound produced by the tongue and presents the sound through an open port. If the resonating chamber is the correct size for the pitch being produced by the tongue, which means it has the correct volume of airspace to complete one full sound wave for that particular pitch, the instrument will be more efficient and louder.

Name & culture using slit drums:
Tepanazli-Mexico and Aztecs
Tunkul –Maya
Tuntunhui-Shuar of the Amazon
Mayohuacan-Taino of Boricua and the carribeans
Agung a Tamlang (Philippine) - Maguindanaon
Alimba - Zairean
Ekwe - Igbo
Huiringua - Mexico
Kagul (Philippine) - Maguindanaon
Krin or Kolokolos - Guinea
Lokole - Congo Basin
Mondo - West Africa
Mukoku - Yaka people (Congo)
Pate - Samoa, Cook Islands, and other parts of Polynesia
Tagutok (Philippine) - Maranao
Teponaztli - Mesoamerican
Tongue drum
Vanuatuan slit drum - Vanuatu