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Offline LarryS

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Tongue drum
« on: January 04, 2024, 12:10:40 PM »
Anyone tried these? They're a modern invention, only been around for a few years and are great fun. Small ones like this 8" are normally played with mallets like a glockenspiel, but you get the best sound if you use your hands, hitting hard and releasing instantly so the tongues can ring.

https://youtu.be/_otmiWmmQWA?si=FvKVARxnnj-LIzL4
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Re: Tongue drum
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2024, 01:29:12 AM »
I can't load the video here, but is this a steel drum of caribbean fame?
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Re: Tongue drum
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2024, 11:26:52 AM »
Anyone tried these? They're a modern invention, only been around for a few years and are great fun. Small ones like this 8" are normally played with mallets like a glockenspiel, but you get the best sound if you use your hands, hitting hard and releasing instantly so the tongues can ring.

https://youtu.be/_otmiWmmQWA?si=FvKVARxnnj-LIzL4
Yes! I messed around with one at my local music store. It%u2019s pretty fun. Would love to get one someday.
I can't load the video here, but is this a steel drum of caribbean fame?
Similar but not the same. Steel drum is one solid piece, but each note on this is cut most of the way around so it can vibrate freely. They also sound different.

Video loaded ok for me.
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Re: Tongue drum
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2024, 12:44:32 PM »
I can't load the video here, but is this a steel drum of caribbean fame?
No its a new type of instrument, only been around since about 2000
 Originally they were big hand pans tuned to a minor, ethnic scale and were often used during meditation, yoga etc.
Can see my two tongue drums here:

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Re: Tongue drum
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2024, 02:51:07 PM »
I have one of those!  I was not aware they had that name, though.  They are fun to play.  My sister got me one a few years ago.  I take it to festivals.  She also got be a Duduk, which I have yet been able to make play music, lol.
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