Gamelan - budget - 4 key - small

These 4 key gamelan are great for young players as the tuning is traditional Balinese and there are no "wrong" notes.

This is the largest of three sizes in the Budget range and is tuned two octaves above the largest size. The Budget range provides a really low cost entry to the magical sound world of Gamelan. The metal keys are made from re-cycled steel and the instrument cases are made from plywood and so are strong as well as relatively light.

This is one of the three Gamelan included in our Big Stuff Kit.

2+ Years
CodeRRPEdu Price
G-g4bS £45.71   £32.00

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More about the Gamelan - budget - 4 key - small

Position the Gamelan in a curved line facing into the middle of a room and then children can sit behind them. It's normal to place the Gamelan with the lower (bigger) notes on the left.

Use one or both of the interestingly-shaped mallets to strike the notes. Encourage people to use the 'blunt' end as the other end is really just a traditional ornamental shape and it not great for hitting the notes. However younger children will want to try out both ends. 

Traditionally most Gamelan are played with just one mallet as the other hand is used to 'damp' (stop from ringing out) the notes you've just played. However, because these are designed for very young children to play, that is challenging to do (although really fun to try) and that's why using both mallets if a good idea as it improves general musical co-ordination and is also more interesting and fun for the children.

The notes should ideally be struck in the very middle to get the best sound. You can strike the notes one at a time between the two mallets enabling fast playing or strike two notes together and let them ring out.

It's best to see what children come up with when experimenting with ways of playing and then showing them other ways yourself.

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