How to play the cactus rainstick

The cactus rainstick gets its sound from needles that are spiked into the hollowed body and the pebbles that move in between those needles as they transfer from one side to the other. If you want to learn how to play the cactus rainstick you can read the guide below or alternatively watch the video where I show you in one minute how to do it. 

The percussive rain maker shaker can be played in many ways, the first way is as a traditional shaker you can shake it to the beat: 1,2,3,4 and repeat. Alternatively the official way to play it is by turning the rainstick from one side to another. This can be done fast to achieve a quick release or slowly for a sustained sound. The way that you will play it will depend on the use. For example, if you intend to play the rainstick as a music therapist helping your clients relax, you would want to play it slowly whereas if you was taking part in a musical ritual to 'make it rain' you may have a different approach. 

How to play the cactus rainstick (video)


The natural South American percussive musical instrument has an unusual soothing sound that is useful for sound healing as part of a therapy with a sound therapist. It can also be used for mindfulness, meditation, to enhance yoga promoting deep relaxation. This is one of many relaxing percussion instruments that we have in our store. 

Cactus rainstick: Frequently asked questions

What are different types of rainstick?

Rainstick can be made from many different materials however the two most popular types are those made from either bamboo that has been sealed at the ends or natural chilean cactus rainstick. 

What size rainstick do we sell?

Whilst the small 15cm rainstick is the first one that we sold, they do come in many different sizes and now we have them for sale in different lengths. The next size up is the 25cm rainstick, this instrument has a longer sustained rain sound, and if you feel like doubling up with a more powerful sound you can go with the 50cm. for the best sound that has the longest sustain and amplification go with the 100cm. To find out more or to buy our cactus rainstick click here.


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