The kalimba, or thumb piano, is a fascinating African musical instrument with a storied history that dates back thousands of
years. According to native folklore, the kalimbaís magical sound was so enchanting, it was believed to project up into the heavens
and invite the spirits down to earth. One of its earliest uses was by traveling African poets who would play the kalimba while entertaining
villagers with songs, stories and dances. Even today, modern musicians still enjoy traveling and entertaining crowds with the kalimba.
Shake things up in your rhythm section!
Endless sound possibilities are in your hands when you take up musical company with rhythm
shakers . Thatís because the materials inside these shakers never strike the same way twice, leaving you and your music open to all
sorts of new and different sound patterns. And thatís a good thing as you grow musically and creatively as an artist. You can control
the sound you want by shaking the shakers more gently for lighter sounds or more vigorously for louder accents that need to cut through
woven shakers....with coconut shell tops.
Hand carved gourd rattles.
juju seed rattle
Hand carved, hollowed wood rattle.
Claves are often played in repetitive 2-3 or 3-2 time or African 6-8 time where strokes in the first half of the movement are not repeated in the second half. Itís these stroking patterns and the loud, sharp sounds that heighten the allure and the widespread appeal of the clave. To play the clave correctly, make sure you donít hold it too tightly or you will muffle the sharpness and intensity of the sound.
Percussion fish and percussion frog. Rhythm is created by rubbing the stick over the ridged areas of the instruments.
Invented over 40 years ago, and now one of the most popular percussion instruments ever, the handheld cabasa creates rhythmic scraping/rattling sounds and vibrant patterns. Larger cabasas produce a louder, more full sound, while smaller versions offer the percussionist more control and softer volume. Cabasas are fun to play and feature cylindrical construction with steel-beaded chains that help create the signature sound.
Tambourine made by students
Anklets worn by dancers
"Den Den" drum
The tambourine is a musical instrument in the percussion family consisting of a frame, often of wood or plastic, with pairs of small metal jingles, called "zils". Classically the term tambourine denotes an instrument with a drumhead, though some variants may not have a head at all. Tambourines are often used with regular percussion sets. They can be mounted, but position is largely down to preference.Tambourines come in many shapes with the most common being circular.
The den-den daiko is a pellet drum. It has two heads and is suspended on a rod, with beads or pellets hanging on threads on either sides of the body of the drum. The drum sounds when it is turned on its axis from side to side, causing the beads to strike the heads of the drum.
A frame drum is a drum that has a drumhead width greater than its depth. Usually the single drumhead is made of rawhide or man-made materials. Shells are traditionally constructed of bent wood (rosewood, oak, ash etc.) scarf jointed together; plywood and man-made materials are also used. Some frame drums have mechanical tuning and on many the drumhead is stretched and tacked in place. It is the earliest skin drum known to have existed. Examples are found in many places and cultures.
The frame drum is one of the most ancient musical instruments; it is reputed to be the first drum to be invented. This frame drum is called a bodhran and is from Ireland.
People say you can't have a Powwow without a drum, for it carries the heartbeat of the Indian nation. It is also felt to carry the
heartbeat of Mother Earth, and thus calls the spirits and nations together.
The Powwow drum is a large base covered with hide (buffalo,
deer, or cow). Forming a circle, eight or more men strike the drum in unison with covered mallets. The men then blend their voices
with the beating of the Drum to create the song. The songs are often in the Indian language of the drum members. It is the responsibility
of the drum members and especially the lead singer to be able to sing and play whatever kind of song is requested by the master of
ceremonies or the arena director for any given event (i.e. flag raising, honoring ceremony, different kinds of dances).
It is said
that the drum was brought to the Indian people by a woman, and therefore there is a woman spirit that resides inside the drum. Approriately,
it is to be treated with respect and care, and strict behavior is expected of anyone coming in contact with the drum. The drum is
often thought to help bring the physical and mental side of a person back in touch with his or her spiritual or heart side. As with
many things in the Indian culture, the drum is used to bring balance and rejuvenation to a person through their participation in dancing,
singing or listening to the heartbeat.
Tubular bells (also known as chimes) are musical instruments in the percussion family. Each bell is a metal tube, 30Ė38 mm (1ľĖ1Ĺ inches) in diameter, tuned by altering its length. Its standard range is from C4-F5, though many professional instruments reach G5 (see photo). Tubular bells are often replaced by studio chimes, which are a smaller and usually less expensive instrument. Studio chimes are similar in appearance to tubular bells, but each bell has a smaller diameter than the corresponding bell on tubular bells.
The rainstick is believed to have been invented by the Aztecs and was played in the belief it could bring about rainstorms. Rainsticks are usually made from any of several species of cactus. The cactuses, which are hollow, are dried in the sun. The spines are removed, then driven into the cactus like nails. Pebbles or other small objects are placed inside the rainstick, and the ends are sealed. A sound like falling water is made when the rainstick has its direction changed to a vertical position.
Chimes from Indonesia
Show and Tell with cultural drums and percussion from multi-cultural, indeginous backgrounds from all walks of life; from Native Americans,
to the Senegal African tribes, to Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Brazil, and beyond.
We create an ambiance of cultural, educational, musical,
demonstration and group participation with our multi-cultural show and tell. These are instruments that are never played outside of
their shelter, and that proves the importance of these incredible drums and percussion. The students are truly mezmerized by this.
Tribe of Angel volunteer Matt Oloffson showing his beautiful skills and freedom of creativity to the children honoring the backdrop of music and art and being free flow with it, show and tell!!
Getting the children Excited and pumped up for the big drumming event that follows this loving educational Rhythmic class, GET READY TO ROCK CHILDREN! thats right we get to play together.
Castanets are a percussion instrument (idiophone), used in Kalo, Moorish, Ottoman, ancient Roman, Italian, Spanish, Sephardic, Swiss, and Portuguese music. The instrument consists of a pair of concave shells joined on one edge by a string. They are held in the hand and used to produce clicks for rhythmic accents or a ripping or rattling sound consisting of a rapid series of clicks. They are traditionally made of hardwood.