Melodica, Frame drum, and other percussion

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  • #4049
    AvatarTom Teasley
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    https://soundcloud.com/tom-teasley-music/02-rumba-for-rama

    This is from my CD “All THe World’s A Stage” The drone sound at the beginning is from a bodhran “moose call” usually used on congas. The rhythm is a Sufi rhythm called Ayub. Hope you enjoy. Tom

    #4052
    AvatarAdam Tombs
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    Hi Tom, I am a big fan of the Bodhran and have a few I play at home. Can you please explain the bodhran ‘moose call’? How do you create the sound, the only homemade calls i know of are made from a vessel like a paper/plastic cup, a length of string and a split matchstick. I can’t imagine you put a hole in your bodhran so I am guessing you rubbed the skin, like a turkey call?

    #4054
    AvatarTom Teasley
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    Hi Adam, Thanks for your interest. I play the bodhran only with my fingers, not a tipper. You are correct. I moisten my finger and gently rub it along the head to get friction. I’m moving the bodhran from the crossbar inside to allow me to create a figure eight movement and not interrupt the drone. An example can be found here ( sorry for the OT percussion demo)

    Stay well, Tom

    #4057
    AvatarAdam Tombs
    Participant

    That is really cool Tom, thanks for the reply and the clip. I play my bodhran with tippers but I occasionally use my fingers. For some reason I always feel I will damage my drums by playing with fingers… silly I know as tippers can really make an impact on a skin. I don’t have crossbars on any of my wee drums but I think I could do a similar thing with my smaller ‘travel’ bodhran. All my current drums are made by Christian Hedwitschak. I started on an old Vignoles that I sold to finance other interests and have regretted it ever since. I really like Christian’s drums, I don’t think you could find a better compromise between quality, value and innovation.

    All the Best.

    #4059
    AvatarLowboy
    Participant

    Wow. Great playing Tom. Love the sound of the drum and the way you make it talk.

    Lowboy

    #4060
    AvatarTom Teasley
    Participant

    Thank you, Adam and Lowboy. It’s great to be a part of this community! I’m learning so much about melodicas and enjoy sharing my perspective. I look forward to checking out more of your work. All best, Tom

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