Introducing the NEW Percussion Plus Slap Drumming for younger players - Gathering Drum
The new Slap Drumming range from Percussion Plus is the perfect way to introduce rhythm and time into your music classes and sessions. Whether it's for a large primary school class, sessions at a local music centre or music therapy for any age, the Slap Drumming range gives you the tools you need for smooth running lessons at any ability level.
The Slap Drumming Gathering Drum from Percussion Plus produces a big, booming sound and is lots of fun for anyone aged 5+. All materials and hardware have been produced to the highest standard - designed to withstand the trials of regular classroom use, whilst still producing a warm and powerful sound. A fun group activity, it is designed so 2 or 3 kids can gather around the drum (hence the name!) and explore its variety of sounds and tones.
Let's play together
With this gathering drum from Percussion Plus, you get a great looking high-quality instrument with an innovative 'how to play' guide printed on the drum skin. There are many different techniques used to produce tones on a djembe and any of these can be used on our djembes. The printed graphic on the head of the drum offers suggested hand positions for the three main tones on a djembe: slap, tone, and beat.
With this easy method, teaching and learning is simple and allows you to tailor your class to include visual as well as instructive and aural learners, providing an inclusive way into music making for all levels and abilities.
Fun look, vibrant sound
The colourful pattern wrapped around the drum gives a fun and exciting look, inviting young classes to learn and play. It has a lightweight body so is easily stored and transported and is supplied with two soft beaters. At 22" in diameter it is sizeable drum ensuring a booming bassy tone with enough space for 2 or 3 students to gather around the drum.
Although it is lightweight, the build quality is reassuringly sturdy and the sound is just as vibrant and powerful as its colourful patterned exterior!
“With its large 22 inch playing surface this gathering drum is perfect for use in class, with drumming circles and for music therapy sessions. It has suggested hand positions printed on the drumhead for producing a wide range of sounds as well as a guide to where to strike the drum with the beaters. Large enough to accommodate several players at the same time, this drum is a fantastic resource for any music making activity.”
Andy Gleadhill - Percussion Plus Global Ambassador
How to play
The design on the drum head shows examples of hand positions that can be employed to obtain a fabulous variety of tones from the drum, from punchy bass to cracking highs. When you hit the skin, let your hand bounce back allowing the sound to ring.
This area in the centre of the drum produces a warm and full tone. Use the beaters to strike the centre of the drum for a solid rhythmic backing, allowing accents to be created using the tone and slap positions.
You can also use your hands to strike the centre of the drum for a warm and full tone. This provides a solid rhythmic backing, allowing accents to be created using the tone and slap positions.
Straighten all your fingers at the same time. There are numerous hand positions that can be used to create the tone. Think of your hand as a straight extension of your arm, and you should get a solid ‘thud’ sound.
This stroke can be played in the same position as the tone, the difference is that one relaxes the hand and arm to hit the drum with a slap-like motion. Spreading your fingers out slightly when they strike the head helps create a crisp clear sound.