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Seeing Double: The Bongos and You

Are you a bongocero, a fan of the bongos, a lover of paired percussion? We sure are. But, we get that not everyone wants to sit behind a drum set and pound away on snares, toms and cymbals. Just like not everyone wants to sit on a box and play the cajon, or walk around with a djembe strapped to their neck. We think those people are all a little nuts, but, we love all the drums, so, we’re a bit biased.Some of our favorite drums come in small packages, and even better, they come in sets. Like …
25th Feb 2015 Kristin Stancato

From Pots to Powerful Percussion: Udu Drums

Percussion instruments have a long history in traditional African music and culture. Many of these percussion instruments, such as shakers and other drums, were created or adapted from common household or tribal objects. These instruments, once hand made from everyday materials, have now become celebrated staples in African music. The Udu drum is a perfect example of an instrument that evolved from such humble beginnings. The Igbo women of Nigeria used clay pots to store their food an …
29th Oct 2014 Kristin Stancato

I Want to Play a Hand Drum, But, Where do I Start?

We can see it in your eyes, the way you’ve been looking at those djembes and cajon drums. You may have stumbled upon a hand drum in an online video, or you heard the call of the rhythm at night from a neighbor’s drum in the distance. You are ready to take the next step and start your life as a master of hand percussion instruments. Of course, you are only following your instincts (as you should) and are to be commended for your desire to improve your life dramatically. Now you just have …
17th Oct 2014 Kristin Stancato

Drums at the Renaissance Festival

There is something special about the cooler seasons of the year that bring out the best in everyone, including elaborate costumes and the fantasy worlds of times past. Renaissance fairs and festivals are a part of the lives of millions of people around the world, taking advantage of open air settings that once proved a glamorous backdrop for knights, queens, sorcery and so much more. At any point in the year, you can be assured of venturing into a Renaissance fair and seeing a wide rang …
25th Sep 2014 Kristin Stancato

Best Bang for Your Buck: Choosing Your Drum Circle Drum

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 back again, and again. Obviously, your next step is to buy your own drum, but, how do you choose which drum will best express your inner groove without breaking the bank? Choosing yo …
17th Jul 2014 Kristin Stancato