Talking Drums – A Study

Keywords: Talking Drums, Hour Glass Drums, Damaru, Membranophones, Animal Skin, Drum Heads


Membranophones are one of the main divisions of Musical Instruments. They are further classified by many features. One such feature is shape and structure. Hour Glass Drums comes under this one. These are the ancient drums seen from early Times. They are called as Talking Drums in West Africa. In Talking drum pitch can be regulated according to the tone and prosody of human speech. Most of the talking drums sound like a human humming depending on the way they are played As they can change the pitch lower or higher it may be used for Music also. But there are many such Drums seen all over the World with similar shape,structure, mode of construction, playing techniques and so on. So they may also be called as Talking drums

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