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Types of Drums

Ashiko
Ashiko

The ashiko is a drum, shaped like a tapered cylinder (or truncated cone) with the head on the wide end, and the narrow end open. It is made of hardwood and generally has a goatskin hide. It is played with the hands, and tuned by ropes.

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Bendir
Bendir

The bendir is a wooden-framed frame drum of North Africa and Southwest Asia. The bendir is a traditional instrument that is played throughout North Africa, as well as in Sufi ceremonies; it was played, too, in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. In Turkish, the word bendir means "a big hand frame drum".

Bodhrn
Bodhrn

The bodhrán is one of the most basic of drums and as such it is similar to the frame drums distributed widely across northern Africa from the Middle East, and has cognates in instruments used for Arabic music and the musical traditions of the Mediterranean region (see Music of North Africa, Music of Greece etc.).

Bongo Drum
Bongo Drum

Bongo drums are two drums, consisting of one larger drum and one smaller drum that are joined together. They are particularly important in Latin music, specifically music deriving from Cuba.

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Conga
Conga

The conga, also known as tumbadora, is a tall, narrow, single-headed drum from Cuba. Congas are staved like barrels and classified into three types: quinto (lead drum, highest), tres dos or tres golpes (middle), and tumba or salidor (lowest).

Cuca
Cuca

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Damaru
Damaru

The drum is typically made of wood, metal, or bone (particularly the convex caps of human craniums), with leather drum heads at both ends.. The resonator is made of brass.The height of the damaru is 6 inches and weight varies from 250-330 gm. Its height ranges from a few inches to a little over one foot.

Davul
Davul

The davul or tupan is a large double-headed drum that is played with mallets. It has many names depending on the country and region.

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Dhol
Dhol

The dhol is a double-sided barrel drum played mostly as an accompanying instrument in regional music forms. In qawwali music, the term dhol is used to describe a similar, but smaller drum used with the smaller tabla, as a replacement for the left hand tabla drum.

Djembe
Djembe

The djembe drum is said to have been invented in the 12th Century by the Mandinke tribe in what is now Mali, in West Africa. It has been played by West Africans for generations forming an integral part of ritualistic life in Mali, Guinea, Senegal and other neighbouring West African countries.

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Dunun
Dunun

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Frame Drum
Frame Drum

The Frame drum originates in the Middle East and is among the oldest of drums. Frame drums can be played using a traditional style with fingers, striking edge of drum producing a "tak" tone. It can also be held with one hand and played with a soft mallet or straddled between the knees like a bongo drum.

Goblet Drum
Goblet Drum

The goblet drum is a single head membranophone with a goblet shaped body used mostly in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and Eastern Europe. The African djembe-wassolou is also a goblet membranophone. This article focuses on the Eastern and North-African goblet drum.

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Hand Drum
Hand Drum

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Khamak
Khamak

The Khamak is a stringed percussion instrument originating in India.The Khamak consists of three basic parts. A bowl which is often made out of wood is connected by several strings to another, smaller piece (also usually made out of wood).

Khol
Khol

Khol Drums | Ethnic Musical Instruments.com - The khol also known as a mrdanga (lit. mrit+anga = clay body) is a terracotta two-sided drum used in northern and eastern India for accompaniment with devotional music (bhakti). It originates from the

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Madal
Madal

The Madal (Nepali: मादल), is used mainly for rhythm-keeping in Nepalese folk music, is the most popular and widely used as hand drum in Nepal. The Madal consists of a cylindrical body with a slight bulge at its center and heads at both ends, one head larger than the other.

Mridangam
Mridangam

The Mridangam/ Tannumai is a percussion instrument from India of ancient origin. It is the primary rhythmic accompaniment in a Carnatic music ensemble, and in Dhrupad, where it is known as Pakhawaj. During a percussion ensemble, the mridangam is often accompanied by the ghatam, kanjira, and morsing.

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Naqareh
Naqareh

Two drums are covered by cowhide, though in the past boarhide was used. The skin is tightened on the drums by bands made of cow tendon. Desarkutan: played with two wooden drumsticks. The length of the drumsticks is 25-27 cm. The thicker drumstick is used to play on the larger drum.

Pakhavaj
Pakhavaj

The pakhawaj or mridang is an Indian barrel-shaped, two-headed drum, a variant and descendant of the older mridang. It is the standard percussion instrument in the dhrupad style and is used as an accompaniment for various forms of music and dance performances.

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Pandeiro
Pandeiro

The Pandeiro (Portuguese pronunciation: ) is a type of hand frame drum popular in Brazil, and which has been described as an unofficial instrument of that nation.

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Repinique
Repinique

A repinique is a two-headed Brazilian drum used in samba baterias (percussion ensembles). It is used in the Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo Carnival baterias and in the baterias of Bahia, where it is known as repique.

Snare Drum
Snare Drum

A snare drum or side drum is a percussion instrument that produces a sharp staccato sound when the head is struck with a drum stick, due to the use of a series of stiff wires held under tension against the lower skin.

Surdo
Surdo

The surdo is a large bass drum used in many kinds of Brazilian music, such as Axé/Samba-reggae and samba, where it plays the lower parts from a percussion section. Surdo sizes normally vary between 16" and 26" diameter, with some as large as 29".

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Tabla
Tabla

The tabla is a membranophone percussion instrument originating from the Indian subcontinent, consisting of a pair of drums, used in traditional, classical, popular and folk music. It has been a particularly important instrument in Hindustani classical music since the 18th century, and remains in use in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

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Tabor
Tabor

Tabor (instrument) Tabor or tabret (Welsh: Tabwrdd) refers to a portable snare drum played with one hand. The word "tabor" is simply an English variant of a Latin-derived word meaning "drum"—cf. French: tambour, Italian: tamburo It has been used in the military as a marching instrument, and has been used as accompaniment in parades and processions.

Tar
Tar

A Tar (Arabic: طار‎‎) is a single-headed frame drum of Turkish origin, but is commonly played in North Africa and the Middle East.

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Tonbak
Tonbak

It is considered the principal percussion instrument of Persian music. The tonbak is normally positioned diagonally across the torso while the player uses one or more fingers and/or the palm(s) of the hand(s) on the drumhead, often (for a ringing timbre) near the drumhead's edge.

Water Drum
Water Drum

Water drums are a category of membranophone characterized by the filling of the drum chamber with some amount of water to create a unique resonant sound. Water drums are used all over the world, including American Indian music, and are made of various materials, with a membrane stretched over a hard body such as a metal, clay, or wooden pot.

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