Monday, August 2, 2021

Mystery photo

 

Do you know what the above photo shows?

It is my newest fun acquisition. A tongue drum. I decided to add beautiful notes of music to my day. 

It is a drum made of titanium steel and I don't need to study to learn how to play it. You can hit one note with the mallet and it rings out in a calm musical sound. I play it to lighten my mood, also before I pray, and some people say the notes vibrate in a healing way. I found a book I may buy which has Christian hymns for tongue drum. You can also play it with your hands and with finger tip covers that they include. I bought this drum a few days ago and am almost addicted to it. The sounds are so melodic.

I only heard of the tongue drum a week ago and bought it rather on a whim, after I listened to a video of the beautiful mystical sounds it gives. People often use these drums for African and Caribbean music, and for meditation and prayer.

Being a senior citizen I like trying new things, it might keep me young, and my drum means I have added music to my day.

In response to some of your comments, you can buy these drums at local music stores, or local drum stores, and online in places like walmart.com Mine has 11 notes and is about 12 inches across. Children love these tongue drums and they are a great introduction to playing and enjoying music. Some drums are only 6 inches across and a great size for children and travel. Mine came with a nylon travel case and strap and I am going to take mine to outdoor meetings with friends to show them and let them try it.

32 comments:

Barb said...

What a fascinating instrument! I have a blind granddaughter who is musically inclined. I'm thinking that she would love something like this! We all need a little peace in our lives!

Olga said...

I did recognize that drum. I had seen them at a studio during a city art festival four or five years ago. I will second your opinion -- they make a lovely sound that does have a spiritual quality to it.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've never heard of it but it DOES sound interesting...and soothing! Thanks for sharing! I'll search online to learn more about it!

Miss Merry said...

Very unique!

Terra said...

Barb, a tongue drum would be a fun gift for your blind granddaughter, and people who want to encourage music in their children give them as gifts. There are small tongue drums too, about six inches across, and there are a wide range of prices. Many of them come with songbooks of children's songs and you can also buy the books separately.

Christine said...

Interesting.

Marie Smith said...

I have never heard of this drum! Must explore! Thank you for sharing.

Mevely317 said...

I was going to guess a bowling ball. (LOL)
I love discovering new and unique items for future gifting. Off to Google tongue drums, now. Have a great day!

Sam Sattler said...

I love it...finally, a musical instrument that I might actually be able to play.

The Feminine Energy said...

What a wonderful find, Terra. I'm off to YouTube to see if I can hear a tongue drum's beautiful sounds. Thank you for sharing! ~Andrea xoxoxo

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Wow! Thank you for posting about it. I have not seen or heard of one before. It is a fantastic gift idea!

Linda Reeder said...

I thought it was little, but I Googled it and I see that it is big, and makes a lovely sound.

Granny Marigold said...

I have never heard of tongue drums but they sounds fascinating. I must ask my son who is very musically if he's heard of them. Also I'll look them up on You tube.

Pam said...

I knew what your mystery pic was the minute I clicked on your blog! I took up the Djembe a few years ago and have been thinking about getting a tongue drum. Where did you purchase yours? Enjoy it!

Grace & Peace,
Pam

Ann said...

I've never heard of this before. Would love to hear what it sounds like. It sure is a pretty color

happyone said...

Never heard of that before. Bet it sounds really nice.
The first picture looked a bit like a yoyo to me! :)

dori said...

What a wonderful friend for begining a prayer - - - I can imagine, the sound you make with this mystical drum ist heavenly!

Margaret D said...

Sounds interesting will have to find if utube have videos on it.

baili said...

you have adopted a lovely sweet hobby dear Terra

i Love music absolutely and it transforms my mood instantly :)
blessings to you and loved ones !

Wanda said...

How absolutely wonderful. I had never hear of such a drum.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Never heard of it before, but I would imagine it would have benefits similar to sound therapy. Rhythmic drumming is very therapeutic. Enjoy.

Graham Edwards said...

I've never heard of one before but am fascinated and shall look it up.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

This is a new one for me! I've never heard of a tongue drum, but it sounds fascinating! Enjoy your new "toy"! Sounds like fun!!

Hootin' Anni said...

Whoa, this is NEW to me. And it prompts a Google search for it's sound!!

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Tongue drum....

With that name, and those drawing on it....

Well, how can I be faulted for wondering.....

If it was played, with one's tongue?????????

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Tabor said...

What a wonderfully cool idea. Thanks.

DawnTreader said...

Never heard of it, so I had to google and find a YouTube video to get an idea of the sound :)

My Tata's Cottage said...

You are such a wonderful and talented lady with a big kind heart. I always remember how oyu sent me a story of a tea cup I had found in the thrift store. Still makes me smile. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Gattina said...

Amazing ! Never heard about such a drum and it looks beautiful !

Marilyn Miller said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving comments.

This tongue drum would be wonderful to have. I think all ages could enjoy it. I might have to get one that I can share with my grandson. He would love, love it. Thanks!

Lark said...

So cool!

My Tata's Cottage said...

You sure have fun. That is a cool looking drum set. :-)