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The origin of the tongue drum

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Where does the tongue drum come from?

The ZenaDrum is a tongue drum, a percussion instrument from the idiophone family. The sound of idiophones like the ZenaDrum is produced solely by the material of the instrument, without the need for a string or an external resonator.

The tongue drum has many names: Steel Tongue Drum, Tongue Drum, Tank Drum or even Hank Drum.

Its special and unique shape is often compared to a flying saucer. The number of "tongues" defines how many notes the instrument has. The sweet sound of the tongue drum is produced when it is struck with sticks or pads.

 

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This percussion instrument is appreciated for its extremely soothing and melodic sound, but especially for its easy playability.

Due to its intuitiveness, ZenaDrum does not require any special musical knowledge, so it is very appreciated by beginners and children.

In just a few minutes it is possible to play beautiful, relaxing melodies.

Hang drum, the forerunner of the tongue drum

The precursor of the tongue drum is the hang drum, which is also called the handpan. Although its name is very similar to the tongue drum and it releases beautiful music, this instrument differs in a few ways.

The Hang Drum is played only with the hands and is much larger than our Tongue Drum, making it impractical to carry around.

Also, it does not have a tongue, but a hammered surface that allows it to produce sounds with the handpan.

Finally, it has two major drawbacks: its price and maintenance. Handpan that are not made of steel can easily rust and become out of tune. As for the price, it is much less attractive, as you can expect to pay over 1000€ for a good quality Handpan, that is 10 times more expensive than a ZenaDrum.

 

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ZenaDrum, an excellent tongue drum.

Here is the reason why we developed ZenaDrum. Each of our drums is handmade by skilled craftsmen from high quality alloy steel.

We inspect each drum one by one with a professional tuner and dampener to suppress annoying vibrations and get only perfectly clear notes.

ZenaDrum is the best tongue drum for beginners and suitable for all ages. You can easily learn to make music and relax, whether you are a child, an adult or an elderly person.

Each reed drum comes with a ZenaDrum guide, two sticks, four ZenaPads and a carrying case so you can take your ZenaDrum anywhere.

The ZenaDrum manual includes lessons, explanations, rhythm exercises and 13 simple music sheets.

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To learn how to play even faster, you can follow our video tutorials with the complete starter pack.

In each video, one of our musicians plays the piece while the sheet music runs along in the video, making it easier to read and understand the score.

Order your ZenaDrum Tongue Drum now and benefit from a discount.