tongue drum scales

Tongue drum scales

Some tips to choose your tongue drum scale

It is always difficult to have to choose your scale when you finally decided on the model of tongue drum to buy. This is an important choice since this scale will follow us throughout our musical adventure with our instrument and will strongly influence our way of playing with just like the mood in which we will be immersed in playing. Before you start, you have to know what kind of emotion you want to feel with your tongue drum.

For example, if you like meditative atmospheres see introspectives, orient yourself to a minor scale. If you want to use your tongue drum to create more playful and warm atmospheres, then orient yourself to major scales. And if like me you are rather of changing nature, orient yourself to the multi-scale models to be able to change at will of mood when the heart tells you!

Also note that your tongue drum will become your best friend for many years and you should not get tired of your scale after a few months of use. It comes back to the interest brought by the new multi-scale model of beat root which has been able to respond to the many headshots that all the users of tongue drum have experienced when choosing its scale. If you do not have a mood of choice, I can only encourage you to orient yourself to this model so that you do not want to change your tongue drum when you start to have already tasted the benefits of your scale and that the envy will take you try another one at the very different tone.

Now that you know a little more about the kind of scale you want, place to review what we can find on the market.

A short overview of the different scales of existing tongue drum.

The different manufacturers of tongue drum offer us a wide choice of scales, in all tones and comprising a variable number of notes (six for the smallest Rammerdrum, 8 for the beat root, 9 at Zenko, etc...)

tongue drum 13 notes

Tongue drum tuned in 432Hz

Among many of them are the Akebono scale (beat root, Zenko), an Oriental type that will be ideal for a relaxing or meditative approach, in Music Therapy or solo, but which will also lend itself without difficulty to beautiful musical experiments.

Others will be tinted with more "lightness" such as the F-pentatonic from Rammerdrum or the tribal scale from beat root, which is also a pentatonic scale. This type of very versatile scales opens the way on countless soundscapes and can be suitable for many musical contexts.

The minor scales are also very appreciated by the users of tongue drum because the acoustic properties of these instruments give a "gliding" dimension to them, conducive to endless introspective journeys for which will be carried away by a gentle melancholy... (the well named Melancholia at beat root or the D-minor Rammerdrum for example).

Finally, the major scales are also represented, in particular at beat root with their model do Ré MI Fa g la SI do essentially focused on the learning of music (with a system of magnets allowing the passage to the minor scales natural, harmonic and melodic) as well as their multi-scale model or one starts from a major scale of Sol to obtain (always thanks to magnets and schematics inside the instrument) 6 completely different scales in a few seconds.

tongue drum multi scale

The tongue drum beat root multi scale and its intuitive scale change system


It should be noted that there are also some of these manufacturers of the tongue drum models granted in the 432Hz (called Verdi pitch), frequency supposed to be resonant with the universe, water, Maya temples etc... The most mystical of us will be delighted!

tongue drum 432hz

Tongue drum tuned in 432Hz

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