Whether you are an experienced musician or totally new to the subject, there are some instruments like the tongue drum that carry our imagination in a quarter of a second ! You have been, like many others before, captivated by the sound of this amazing instrument and want to know more about it before you embark on the adventure? Fasten your seatbelt and follow our guide!
What is a tongue drum?
A tongue drum (also known as the steel tongue drum, hank drum or tank drum) is a percussion instrument in the idiophone family (instruments that create sounds through the vibration of the material itself without requiring strings, membranes, or external resonators).
It is a very melodic percussion instrument and highly appreciated for its relaxing sounds and ease of playing, which does not require any particular technique. Anyone can easily pick one up and start playing, with the number of slats or “tongues” equal to the number of notes it can produce. You can either use mallets or your hands..
To play with a tongue drum you can either use mallets or your hands.
Although its origins date back to ancient times, the tongue drum has come back with a vengeance in the last few years, in particular thanks to the emergence of DIY versions made from propane tanks — one option being cutting off the bottoms of two tanks, welding them together, and cutting out “tongues” of different lengths on one side.
Which tongue drum is made for me?
We can find tongue drums in many tones: major scales, minor, akebono, pentatonic etc ... It is often difficult to make a choice among all these scales because choosing a scale means sacrificing all of the others. That's why the purchase of a tongue drum is always the result of long and deep thought because this instrument will accompany you for many years, just like its scale. Having only one scale means that you will not be able to play anything else during all your musical journey. But rest assured right away, this was before Beat Root changed everything with its tunable tongue drum !
The Beat Root tunable tongue drum
Since 2018, Beat Root has created the first tunable & electro-acoustic tongue drum bringing together 6 scales in a single tongue drum thanks to an innovative tuning system allowing you to switch from one scale to the other in just few seconds. Choosing only one scale for your tongue drum among all those available in the market is no longer a difficult choice. Also you don't need anymore to resell or buy a new tongue drum to enjoy playing on a new scale. With the tunable tongue drum of Beat Root, no matter when you want to play, you will always have a scale suiting your moment.
What are the differences between a Hang Drum and a Tongue Drum?
Moreover, although the timbre of a tongue drum resembles another percussion instrument, the Hang drum, the manufacturing process differs greatly as the latter is tuned by hammering — Fun fact: One of the names for a tongue drum, “hank drum” comes from combing “tank drum” and “hang drum.” Despite their commonalities, hang drums are much more expensive and thereby less accessible.
Furthermore, unlike the Hang drum or other handpan instruments wherein you have to wait several months before it arrives, Beat Root tongue drums are available for immediate purchase, and delivery takes only a few days. This means you can enjoy it sooner and quickly immerse yourself in creating melodies and songs. Additionally, shipping is free for all of Europe.