Unusual musical instrument shaker

When you think of musical instruments you likely imagine a guitar or piano, but those are just the basics. In fact, the world is full of unusual musical instruments. Below you will be able to discover the most popular unusual music instruments that are found throughout different cultures and whilst all of our products are unique, these ones that I have selected are by far the most different.

1. Gobijeu


An extremely unique stringed musical instrument from India. This one is similar to the guitar but features only 1 string that can be adjusted whilst playing to create something out of this world. As the pitch can be adjusted by the wooden dowel, this allows for some intense creativity. Whilst plucking the string you can create some natural phasing sounds that is amplified by the bottom chamber to create resonance. We have assorted gobijeus in a variety of colours, each one is finished in a hand painted dot design.

This multicoloured Indian instrument is fantastic for sound designers that work in TV and film, but also for music producers who are looking for something unusual for their next hit single. Stand away from the competition and do something different!  Not just for professionals, these are a great instrument for general fun. Kids and beginner instrumentalists will love experimenting with it and will enjoy exploring its capabilities. A gobijeu is made from thick bamboo, wood, rope and recycled plastic.

2. Tarka flute

 Tarka flute

The hand carved Peruvian Tarka flute is an unusual woodwind instrument that is made by the tribes people of Peru. Each flute is colourful and has a different carving. The flute is easy to play but difficult to play well. The word ‘Tarka’ is of Hungarian origin and translates in English to ‘accurate’.

This is a word used to describe the traditional way of making the instrument. It is one of the weirdest block flutes. In fact, it is more of a recorder, although it is much shorter than the regular type which means that it will require more breath to play. The sound is darker and more penetrative, this is one of the smallest Tarka flutes but they do come in many sizes.

3. Vietnamese lotus clacker

 lotus clacker

This extraordinary lotus clacker features a handle and three parts that have been carefully crafted, carved and hollowed. When hit by a stick the sound is unusual, the instrument as a whole is strong. This instrument gives you a truly remarkable sound from Vietnam.

The most unusual thing about it is how it looks, and as you take a closer look it becomes even more strange. Making a sound is easy, but you will find instructions on how to play the instrument properly on YouTube. The woodwind instrument is not currently for sale as it is out of stock but it will be back in soon.

4. Indian Bulb Horn

Honky horn 

This retro Indian brass bulb horn is somewhat a classic, it has a vintage look and when squeezed sounds like one of those horns that come from a clowns car, or nose. It may feature a unique look in your music video or perhaps the sound will take you to the circus. It would suit a festival scene or school music class. The horn from India features a rubber handle and solid metal frame.

The classic horn is cheap to buy and is a replica of an old classic. Making a loud noise with these is simple, just squeeze the balloon shaped rubber handle. You could use this instrument as a sound effect in your music. The source of where you get your honky horn is very important, as there is a cheaper copy of this item online that is defective. With customers complaining that it doesn’t make a noise. Our honky horn is the best and we always test it before sending it out.

5. Rindik Bunga Xylophone

rindik bunga 

You're probably thinking I have heard of an xylophone, what is special about this one? Well, this one features stunning hand-painted flowers on top, and underneath it has resonance chambers made from naturally carved gourds. The word Rindik is a Balinese word that literally means tool, Bunga means strong connection but can also be relevant to the Bunga deity that was worshipped throughout Asia.

This is a rare to find unusual musical instrument that would make a great gift for the passionate music person. To play the Rindik Xylophone use the beaters provided and simply struck each note to a melody. Alternatively you can struck multiple notes at a time to play a chord as you would with any other instrument. We sell these at a great price. The Rindik Bunga is suited to many styles, and can even be used for orchestra style music.

6. Shamanic Drum

 painted shamanic drum

The blessed shamanic drum is suited to rituals, spiritual healing and gatherings around the fire. It can be used in dance, for birthing or to improve sleep. As the dream is beaten, it will take you on a music journey. If the drum is used correctly, it can put you in a trance like state and can have many benefits to health. A shaman means ‘one who knows’ and it is someone who perform a function based on their religious beliefs and cultures. These include healing, leading a sacrifice, fortune telling and preserving the historic tradition through storytelling and music. These drums come plain, painted or in a tribe style. Each one comes with a rustic wooden drum beater.

Shamanic drums are popular all over the world and whilst ours are made in Indonesia, they can also be found throughout australia. We also have shamanic rattle shakers that are suited to the same occasions and will complement well, although these are a lot less effective than a drum. Unfortunately, these are built the traditional way using animal hide and therefore are not vegan friendly. If you want to use these drums to lead a group of people for healing purpose you will need to take a training course which will also teach you many playing rhythm techniques. It is also advised to protect your framed drum in a protective case if possible.

7. Shipibo Shaker


A Shipibo Shaker is a tribal shaker from South America. More specifically, made in the Shipibo region. Each instrument is handmade by the Panoan people of Peru living near the Ucayali river valley. It sounds like any other shaker with a slight grittiness to it. It has been rising in popularity over the past few years, and this is put down to the unique depicted designs of animals, hummingbird, and abstract designs as well as the natural sustainability of this shaker.

8. Caxixi Shaker

caxixi shaker

A caxixi shaker is a hand woven basket shaped music percussion instrument filled with small pebbles and seeds. Usually made from rattan and originating in Ghana, Africa. The bottom of the African instrument is traditionally made from a naturally dried gourd. The percussive instrument sounds similar to a maraca only it is a lot more bright and colourful in comparison to others that you may find. When it is shaken it works the same way as an indirect struck idiophone.

9. Ocarina Pendant

 painted ocarina

These cute little woodwind instruments are handmade from clay and comes in hand painted designs. This one is small in size and is best suited for children over the age of three. In fact, the ocarina started off as a toy in Italy but was transformed by Giuseppe Donati from Budrio, into a musical instrument. 

The original ocarina had a somewhat submarine style shape but this one is more rounded and the thing that makes this one look unusual is its Peruvian inspired design. This specific instrument is suitable for a beginner. Kids love it because it can be worn as a necklace and be blown as a whistle. There are many guides and resources online as well as videos of the instrument being played to give you a rough idea of what to expect.

10. Cha Cha Bracelet

cha cha bracelet 

The cha cha shaker is a natural  bracelet that is worn on the wrist or the ankle. It is made of nuts and colourful beads in Peru. They are great for parties, festivals and any occasion that is suited to making noise effortlessly. The sound is made by the nuts clanging together and sounds like pebbles clashing together in the sea water. Elasticated and will fit most wrist sizes.

11. Sonajas Shaker


The sonajas shaker is made from straw and metal. The Peruvian shaker comes in many colours and is slightly weird looking. Its design features  a big closed hoop for a handle, which is perfect for a child over the age of three to grip onto and give a shake. In Spanish sonajas and sonajero translates to rattle.

12. Didgeridoo


The didgeridoo was originally developed in Australia, 1500 years ago. Now it is used worldwide and comes in many different styles and designs, our didgeridoo for example is made from suar wood and is hand painted in a dotted design. It is not the easiest instrument to play and will require you to practice circular breathing techniques. This will allow you to get the right sound. Didgeridoos are also known as Didjeridu, yiḏaki, mandapul and mago.

They have a rich history and are suited to many genres such as jazz, rock, blues, hip-hop, funk, punk, rap, electronic, dance, trance and world music. Most didgeridoos are long but this one in particular is spiralled making it more space efficient, allowing you to put the instrument away when not in use. For beginners a lot of practice is needed. The didgeridoo can be used by music producers to produce backing tracks and yoga practitioners who are skilled can use it for leading a group to promote healing. This specific instrument is tuned to the key of C/D and the frequency range is between 50-200hz.

13. Guiro Rasp

 Bamboo guiro rasp

You might know what a guiro is but what about a guiro rasp? Very different to the traditional guiro, made from bamboo, and comes with an attached bamboo stick. It’s long, and by definition it is a musical instrument with a serrated surface which gives a rasping sound when scraped with a stick. The term rasp also describes the shape or the instrument which looks similar to the metal hand tool that is used to shape wood.

14. Damaru


This Twist drum from India is similar to a monkey drum in the way that you play it, only it can be done in one hand instead of two. Featuring striped assorted colours. The damaru is one of the smallest Indian drums. The next size up would be a dholak, then a dhol and finally a fancy drum. 

15. Thunder drum

Thunder drum

Hear the thunder roar. This is not your usual drum. The thunder drum is not played the same way as other drums. It consists of a tubular shape made from hardened cardboard with a metal spring in the centre. The bottom features recycled PVC which amplifies the sound when knocked. 

To play this instrument simply hold it up and allow the spring to move around creating the fascinating sound effects of thunder. Looking at the instrument it is difficult to comprehend the sound. This is a must have instrument for any sound designer and uses a similar concept to the spring sound that brought you Star Wars.


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