How to Play the Ocean Drum (Tutorial)

Are you a music enthusiast looking for a new instrument to add to your collection? Look no further than the ocean drum. This unique instrument is made to simulate the sound of ocean waves and can be used as both a drum and a shaker. In this tutorial, we'll be discussing how to play this instrument and the different types available. There are two types of ocean drums - small and large. The small ocean drum is made from goat's skin and is hand-painted. It's a softer and more subtle option that can be used as a drum or shaker. The larger ocean drum is more sensitive and louder, making it great for use in a band. It's also an eco-friendly alternative to animal skin ocean drums as it's not made from animal hide, but rather PVC.

To play the ocean drum, simply move it around and let the stones inside move. This creates a sound similar to that of a rainstick. The larger ocean drum uses beads to create a louder sound. Experiment with different movements and rhythms to find what works best for you. In conclusion, the ocean drum is a unique and versatile instrument that's perfect for musicians of all levels. Whether you're a beginner or a pro, there's a size and type of ocean drum that's right for you. So, give the ocean drum a try and add a touch of the ocean to your music.

Ocean drum (Frequently asked questions)

Where did the ocean drum originate?

The origin of the ocean drum can be traced back to Nepal, a country located in the Himalayas, and its invention is attributed to Olivier Messiaen in 1972.

What is an ocean drum used for?

The ocean drum is a percussion instrument that mimics the sounds of the ocean. This instrument is frequently used in Buddhist meditation, and it has become a popular tool in music therapy. The drum is capable of creating a wide range of sounds, including those of stormy seas and calm waves, and it is known to be both grounding and responsive, helping to improve the well-being of patients. It can be used to alleviate stress, engage in mindfulness activities, and provide sensory stimulation for individuals with dementia.

Can ocean drums be used for sound healing? 

Ocean drums are versatile instruments that can be used for sound healing, music therapy, and meditation. They produce soothing ocean wave sounds that help calm the mind and reduce stress levels. The drums' responsive nature makes them ideal for music therapy, while their grounding effects make them beneficial for self-care and caring for others. Harmonizing breathing with the sea during meditation is also possible with these drums.

What is the best ocean drum?

Various ocean drum options exist, each with unique features. For therapy, the Remo Ocean Drum Fish Heads is ideal. The Meinl Percussion Sea Drum is a high-end option, and the Nino 10-Inch Sea Drum Synthetic Head Natural is cost-effective for kids. The Hofeztey Ocean Drum is perfect for relaxation and meditation. The preferred ocean drum depends on individual needs and preferences.

Can you make a DIY ocean drum?

Yes, making a DIY ocean drum is relatively easy and requires only a few materials. To make one you will need these materials: Two paper plates, clear packing tape, Dry beans, rice, or beads, paint and a paintbrush to decorate it.

The method to make a DIY ocean drum, take one paper plate and put a handful of beans, rice, or beads in the center of it. Take the second paper plate and place it on top of the first plate, aligning the edges. Seal the two plates together using clear packing tape around the edges. Decorate the outside of the drum with acrylic paint and a paintbrush. When the paint dries, turn the drum over and play it like a traditional ocean drum by rolling it back and forth to create the sound of waves.

How to play the Ocean Drum (Video)

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