Subjects & Authors
Usually when people think of percussion instruments they think of hand percussion instruments. What people often forget is that there are other ways to make music than just with your hands. In fact, there’s a whole variety of percussion instruments that can be played with the feet. These percussion instruments include foot drums, foot tambourines, foot cabasas, and ankle bells or foot rattles.
A foot drum is a drum that is played either with the bare foot or with a floor pedal. The most common type of a foot drum is the bass drum or kick drum that’s part of a standard drum set. There are also some drum companies that make specialized foot drums. These foot drums are perfect for a one man band or for a musician looking to take their performance to the next level.
Foot tambourines are small tambourines that can be strapped to the foot of a musician. They are then played by tapping the foot with the foot tambourine attached. Foot tambourines are ideal for cajon players or guitarists, and can add depth to any musical performance.
Foot cabasas are another exciting percussion instrument that can be played with the feet. Foot cabasas are played with a floor pedal that is pressed with the foot. When the pedal is pressed the beading on the cabasa is rotated and the traditional cabasa sound is produced. The foot cabasa makes it possible to keep a rhythm going with a cabasa while playing the drums or guitar with your hands.
Ankle bells or foot rattles are another percussive instrument that can be played with the feet. These instruments are tied or strapped around the ankle of the percussionist. When the percussionist stomps their foot the ankle bells or foot rattles jingle lightly. The tone can be manipulated by how hard and fast the musician stomps their foot.
The next time you’re shopping for percussion instruments, consider trying out a percussion instrument for the feet. Foot percussion instruments can be a fun and exciting way to add more instruments to your performance. You may just discover a new favorite instrument.
Every parent wants to help their child learn and grow to be the very best they can be. Recent studies show that music lessons, especially percussion lessons, can help children develop the skills they need to succeed. Learning to play the drums can help a child develop communication skills, improves behavior, and can even help them succeed in all [...]
“Busy” is the buzzword of today, between work and family and the pursuit of happiness, we are all trying to keep motivated and get it all done. Unfortunately, being busy all the time can lead to stressful living, and many people just can’t figure out how to break the cycle and still keep the motivation going in a positive, [...]
A cajon drum is the epitome of “fun in a box,” especially where hand drumming and percussion is concerned. These drums keep popping up in the acoustic performances of favorite bands, as well as in drum circles and other community settings. Cajon drums may best be known as percussion instruments for Flamenco music, which is why it is perhaps [...]
Encouraging a love of rhythm and music in a child may be the first image of what beginner drummers need to succeed, yet, age has nothing to do with exploring drumming and rhythm. Kids often represent the potential of the future, but, they are not the only beings able to learn a new hobby, especially drumming. Adults aren’t often considered beginner [...]
You finally took the plunge and hit up a drum circle with a friend… and you were hooked. You were part of the rhythm, the community of drummers, and you were even able to sample a few different drums and hand percussion instruments. You are so in love with the drum circle vibe, you know you have to go [...]
When you play your drum, be it djembe, congas or a kit, how tempting is it to slouch over? Resist the urge! Proper posture is the first step to playing with the professionals. After the news of Phil Collins' retirement from drumming as a consequence of back surgery to repair dislocated vertebrae injured due to poor [...]
This post is by guest blogger, Jim Greiner, an internationally renowned, award-winning percussionist, community drumming leader and educator. Group drumming is one of humanities oldest, and most universal, ways to energize and focus groups, build community bonds, enhance communication skills and to celebrate important events. During the two years I spent drumming in Africa, I was profoundly [...]
This week, Phil Collins, legendary drummer from both Genesis and his own solo career, announced that, as a consequence of surgery to fix damaged vertebrae that became dislocated during his tenure as a musician, he will never play the drums or piano again. Collins is incapable of holding drum sticks or curving his hands to [...]
When built according to traditional standards, every element of the djembe is rife with spiritual significance. Each piece of the drum holds the spirit of its maker; the wood of the body, the skin of the drum head and the workmanship of the artist who made the drum. By using all three spirits in harmony, [...]
Mavembe Tuned Mbira #1
High Tuned "Dandaranyika" Kalimba
Gretsch New Classic Series Drum Set, Black Sparkle
Double Row Round Tambourine with Goatskin Head
X8 Drums Heavy Duty Cajon Bag
Toca Freestyle ColorSound Djembes
Meinl Foot Tambourine