Percussion
How To Play the Bodhran in 6 Steps

How To Play the Bodhran in 6 Steps

In this article, we’re going to give you a step-by-step tutorial on the basics of playing the bodhran. Inside you will find written explanations as well as some tutorial videos to help you master this instrument. The bodhran is an ancient Celtic drum originating from Ireland. Even though it is not the most ...

7 Differences Between Congas and Bongo Drums

7 Differences Between Congas and Bongo Drums

Many people get confused by the differences between congas and bongo drums and mix them up quite easily. The fact that many players also play them at the same time doesn’t help! They do, however, have many differences, the main ones being their shape and size as well as the sound they produce. In this article, ...

Instruments in Carnatic Music (Percussion and Stringed)

Instruments in Carnatic Music (Percussion and Stringed)

Carnatic or Karnatak (as in the state Karnataka, India) music evolved from the Hindu traditions in Southern Indian between the Eastern Ghats and the Bay of Bengal. It remained similar to the musical traditions of the north for the early half of its existence. Carnatic music generally involves an ensemble of musicians ...

Jam Blocks (Types, Mounting Them, How to Play)

Jam Blocks (Types, Mounting Them, How to Play)

Jam Blocks are great percussion instruments that come in different pitches. They are made out of plastic, and produce a thick, full sound when hit. In this article, we’re going to present to you different types of jam blocks, how to mount them and how to play them, as well as some of the best jam blocks that are ...

The 5 Best Udu Drums (Ibo/Igbo Drums) (2021)

The 5 Best Udu Drums (Ibo/Igbo Drums) (2021)

Udu drums are traditionally made out of clay and look like a water pot (from which they were created in the first place). The main feature of this drum is two holes – one on the top of the pot and one on the side. By taping or palming these holes you can create different sounds. Udu drums originated from Nigeria, ...

The 5 Best Gongs To Buy Online (2021)

The 5 Best Gongs To Buy Online (2021)

Gongs are a popular type of thick cymbal originally from East and South-East Asia. They are now used around the world in different settings, from ceremonies and orchestral music, to home decorations! They are usually made out of bronze, with different types of alloy used. In this article, you will find both ...

The 5 Best Egg Shakers for Adults and Kids (2021)

The 5 Best Egg Shakers for Adults and Kids (2021)

Egg shakers are a fun and great-sounding percussion instrument that just about anybody can learn how to play! They are great for musicians and recording, as well as fun for children to learn how percussion works. Egg shakers are essentially a type of rattle – little egg-shaped (thus the name) rattles made from ...

All About Maracas! Including Our Top 5 Pick (2021)

All About Maracas! Including Our Top 5 Pick (2021)

The intuitive use of the Maracas makes this percussion instrument one of the easiest to stimulate a musical attitude in both kids and adults. Maracas are so easy to play, so versatile and fun, we often forget that they can have an important role in many different genres and styles of music. What is the origin of ...

The 5 Best Kalimbas for Sound Quality and Value (2021)

The 5 Best Kalimbas for Sound Quality and Value (2021)

The Kalimba is a beautiful instrument that provides pleasant sound and tones. It's a very easy and rewarding instrument to learn. If you are new to it, finding the appropriate model of Kalimba can be challenging and you have to understand features and qualities before you make up your mind. That ...

15 Percussion Instruments Worth Adding To Your Setup

15 Percussion Instruments Worth Adding To Your Setup

There are such a large variety of percussion instruments available. If you’re currently looking to spice up your setup then check out the suggestions in this article. Percussion is believed to be the oldest form of muscial instruments in mankind (apart from the human voice). For thousands of years, people have been ...

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