About the Drume Hand
I received my Drume Hand instrument about two months ago. Everyone who has seen it, played it, and/or heard it has totally fallen in love. The company that sent me this instrument is called Drume Music (drumemusic.com). “Drume Music is a small company from the United States of America and we have been creating our musical instruments since 2017. Focused on helping people relax and focus, we are inspired by nature to design sounds that help you reduce stress, relax, and make you happier,” they say on their website.
In Part 1 of this article series, I talked about Partnering with Drume Music, Why music and mental health?, and Drume Hand and mental health. To read the full article for Part 1, click here!
Learning to play the Drume Hand
Like one of my other favorite instruments, the ukulele, the Drume Hand is super easy to pick up and start using (and have it sound pretty darn good with little background knowledge.)
This is a great instrument for everyone because it is all in one key! What does this mean?
Here is a run down on the Key of C Major: https://www.basicmusictheory.com/c-major-key-signature
- I was able to mess around with the Drume Hand and make a quick song for a class. See the video below:
- Below is a video of a few friends and I trying the Drume Hand. One of my friends and I had already played the instrument before, but one of my friends hadn’t tried it yet. You can see how easy it is to play!
Some fun notes
- Try running your hand/fingers across all the keys in a circle — it sounds like a rainbow of noise!
- The keys audibly alternate upwards in the key. Right hand, then left hand, then right hand, upwards.
- The higher pitches are made from making the metal “petals” shorter cut. The longer the cut in the metal (the longer the petal is) the lower the sound that petal makes. I thought this was so cool to see!
- Try using your thumbs vs. the mallets on the instrument. Your thumbs make a more metallic noise and the mallets create a more “harp” like noise.
My next article will be on different ways to use the Drume Hand. I will go over the following:
- Working with kids on interactive activities like Freeze Dance
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