DrumBell, a revolutionary new percussion hand drum accessory, which allows one person to play hand drums plus bells and blocks. This will inspire and challenge hand drummers to produce new rhythm combinations.
DrumBell attaches accessories to your hand drums like the Sambago Bell set which has history in Africa and the metal Agogo Bells played throughout Brazil. A two tone Rock Cowbell set is another great addition.
Get creative and attach almost any accessory you can imagine to your hand drums. Mix 'em up and have some fun!
Most gratifying is to be able to participate in a rhythm with others in a drum community. Just to feel that you add a piece of group percussion feels great and inspires one to another level of skill. What is needed is willingness to try and a good drum, well tuned. The drums you'll see most at drum circles will be a djembe or asiko so it seems a good place to start.
Consider a drum with a 10 to 13 inch head. You'll want to have two distinct sounds, one from near the center of the drum called dun. This is produced using fingers together striking with some force then quickly remove the hand. The other sound called tone, found near the side of the drum - with a quick slap, remember to withdraw hand quickly. With a little practice this also produces a ringing sound. If a drum can produce these two sounds then it will probably produce a muff and a sound called slap.
When going to buy, its a good idea to bring some help. This could save you from buying something that proves to be a dissapointment. If buying in a store, ask if they can retune or teach you to tune your drum. Can they replace the head if needed? Would they consider a trade back should you want to step up to another drum? OH YEA - REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN! Peter Crane