Tongue drum (slit drum) - 4 notes

This is a simple, easy to play, multi-note tong drum made of wood.

Tong drums are types of 'slit' drums and are designed for quick rhythmic patterns so it is supplied with two beaters.

It sits on a surface for playing and the sound is very special - it sounds good however you play it. Children as young as 1 or even younger can play this instrument.


N.B. For SEN settings - please put a note with your order to indicate that it's needed for an SEN setting, so that we know to include the relevant materials.

1+ Years
CodeRRPEdu Price
D-tong4 £31.43   £22.00

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More about the Tongue drum (slit drum) - 4 notes

Hit the tongues of wood with the beaters - this is the best place to get a resonant sound. However exploring other surfaces to hit will produce different tones and pitches. You can try different sticks although they must either be wood or plastic rather than anything metal liek a spoon! Glockenspiel and xylophone beaters will work ok.

You can play the sides as well as the notes on top. The tuning is not far from random and this is all to the good as if you concentrate on making repeated  rhythmic patterns you'll find it sounds brilliant. No wrong notes are possible and playing can be quie addictive.

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How the Tongue drum (slit drum) - 4 notes is made

Basically a wooden box made from 6 pieces of wood, one for each side. The top one is carefully cut to make the "tongues" and is then tuned (to a certain extent) by carving away the thickness of the back of the tongues.