How to choose a shamanic drum?

When choosing a shamanic drum, it is important to consider several factors including the size of the drum, the type of animal hide, the different types of wood that the frame can be made from and of course the sound of the drum matters too.

Shamanic drum size 

The size of the drum is an important factor to consider. Generally, the bigger the drum, the lower the pitch. If you are looking for a deeper, more resonant sound, you might want to consider a larger drum. Conversely, a smaller drum will produce a higher pitch sound. 

The animal hide

When it comes to creating shamanic drums, the hide material used is just as crucial as the type of wood utilised. Therefore, it is imperative to choose a hide material that will produce the desired sound. Traditionally, shamanic drums are made from animal hides. The most commonly used hides include stag, reindeer, horse, deer, elk, and buffalo. The type of animal hide used can have a significant impact on the sound produced by the drum. For instance, deer hide produces a deep, resonant sound, while elk hide creates a bright, sharp sound.

Aside from traditional animal hides, synthetic leather can also be used in making shamanic drums. Synthetic leather is a popular choice because it is more durable and resistant to stretching than animal hides. It also produces a more consistent sound since it is not affected by humidity or temperature changes, this makes it a great option for vegetarians and vegans. 

When selecting a hide material, it is essential to consider the sound you want to produce, as well as the durability and sustainability of the material. While animal hides are traditional and produce unique sounds, they are not always sustainable or ethical. Synthetic leather, on the other hand, is more sustainable and ethical, but may not produce the same unique sounds as animal hides.

Different types of wood for shamanic drums 

A well-crafted drum made from the right type of wood can produce a powerful, resonant sound that can help you connect with your inner self and the spiritual world. Let's explore the different types of wood that shamanic drums can be made from, their benefits, and how to choose the right wood for your drum.

Maple Wood

Maple is a popular choice for drum frames because of its durability and density. It produces a bright, clear tone that is ideal for shamanic drumming. Maple is also resistant to moisture, making it a good choice for outdoor ceremonies.

Oak Wood

Oak is another popular choice for drum frames due to its strength and density. It produces a deep, rich tone that is perfect for grounding and centering. Oak is also known for its longevity, making it a wise investment for a shamanic drum that will be used for years to come.

Birch Wood

Birch is a light, flexible wood that produces a warm, soothing tone. It has a beautiful grain pattern and is often used for decorative purposes in addition to its use in drum making. Birch is also believed to have healing properties and is often used in traditional medicine.

Willow Wood

Willow is a soft, lightweight wood that produces a mellow, calming tone. It is often used for shamanic drums used in healing ceremonies and meditation. Willow is also believed to have protective properties and is associated with the moon and feminine energy.

Ash Wood

Ash is a dense, heavy wood that produces a bright, crisp tone. It is often used for shamanic drums used in ceremonies that require a high level of energy and intensity. Ash is also associated with protection, strength, and resilience. When choosing the wood for your shamanic drum, it is important to consider the sound you want to achieve, as well as the durability and sustainability of the wood. Some woods may be more expensive than others, but investing in a high-quality shamanic drum made from the right type of wood can make all the difference in your spiritual practice.

Listen to your drum 

The most important factor to consider when choosing a shamanic drum is to listen to your drum. Take the time to really listen to the sound it produces and decide if it is the right sound for you. If it is not, don't be afraid to try different drums. Finding the right drum is a process, and with patience and practice, you will find the perfect drum for your needs.

Where to buy to a shamanic drum?

Khenji Shamanic Drum

Khenji shamanic drum

This drum is special and comes in three different sizes, the small variant has the advantage that it is easy to move around with whilst playing wheres the larger drums have deeper tones that provide more energy. These are handcrafted in Pakistan, they are made with a solid cedar wood hoop and cow skin.

You can check out the Khenji drum here.  

Dhyangro Shamanic Drum

Dhyangro Shamanic Drum

We love that this drum has a solid wood frame and has a stake like handle that can be dug into the ground during a shamanic ceremony. It also has detailed carvings which enhance the overall aesthetic of the instrument. Overall, it has a lovely tribal design, nice tone and comes in two sizes!

Buy the Dhyangro shamanic drum here.

Shamanic Tribe Drum

Shamanic Tribe Drum

We love these stunning goats hide shamanic drums from Indonesia. They are our first shamanic drum in our range and come in a wide selection of sizes and shapes. They come complete with a beater and are rope tied at the back. These are budget friendly and are perfect for any beginner.

Find out more about the shamanic tribe drum here.

Shamanic drum (Frequently asked questions)

What does a shamanic drum do?

Drums were integral to the rituals and festivities of numerous tribes, serving as a conduit to summon Spirits and facilitate a direct communion with the Spiritual Realm. These instruments evolved into a means of communication with the Spiritual World, employing varied tempos and tones to synchronize with the universal flow perceived by these cultures.

Is Shamanic drumming good for you?

One of the primary advantages of shamanic drumming lies in its ability to calm the mind and anchor us in the present instant. During times of stress, our minds tend to be overwhelmed with concerns, apprehensions, and anxieties regarding the future. We might catch ourselves dwelling on past errors or lamenting lost chances.

How do I choose a shamanic drum?

Smaller drums emit a notably high-pitched sound, while larger drums resonate with a deep tone. Many individuals often seek out drums with a profound resonance, a preference closely tied to the drum's size.

How do you journey with a shamanic drum?

Your intended destination, whether it be the Lower, Middle, or Upper Realm, dictates the direction you take from here. For a journey to the Lower Realm, the first step involves a descent—through a hole in the earth, a tunnel, or by following a tree root. Conversely, to reach the Upper Realm, you ascend, perhaps scaling a tall tree.

What does shamanic healing do?

The shaman's role may involve removing energies that are out of place or restoring lost energies. This encompasses soul retrieval, a process aimed at healing by reclaiming lost fragments of the soul.

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