Steel Tongue Drum
Steel tongue drums are made with craftsmanship of philosophy, religion, culture, art, and are special blend of contemporary science and technology, vibration theory and novelty designs. Their music is delicate, elegant, with the flavor of Chinese traditional musical instruments, such as chimes, guqin, guzheng, and modern hand drums with strong penetrating power. Steel tongue drums are broadly used in religion as Buddhism, Confucian, Zen, yoga, Zen Tea, Music, and Sound Healing. They not only enhance our passion and ideal, also heal physically and mentally, and exalt spirituality and restore our natural beauty. Steel tongue drums are of rich tones, which clean the spirit with powerful penetration. When attentive playing with them, you keep same pace breathing with drums' sounding. While you are concentrating on both body and mind, it takes you naturally into extreme peace and equilibrium, awakening you to deep sensations on the sound your soul. In such a wonderful state, you are restored to where you originally should be, with the soul mate together.
As very newly-developed musical instruments, steel tongue drums do not require complicated musical theory or any rudiments of music. They can be played by drumstick or by bare hands, beating, patting, or finger patting, with no fixed musical background. You can play tongue drums by much improvising, and could make different performance each time, even on the very same song. They become more and more popular and welcomed by many music lovers.
How to play:
Using hands or mallets. Playing it with hands demands higher standards of hands’ power and more accurate tapping position, therefore using mallets is your first choice(especially for new). The sound under the mallets will be more penetrating, purer and more ethereal. Holding the mallet 1/3 and tapping the middle of tongue head, you will get the prefect sound. If some "noise" comes out when you playing it, it is mostly caused by tapping incorrect location.