Scratch & Dent Percussion
The thumb piano originates in Africa. It is also known as the mbira or likembe. The metal keys are mounted on a wooden box that acts as the resonating chamber.
To play, rest the thumb piano on the fingers of both hands and hold it between your palms. Cover the vibrato holes with your fingers. Then pluck the keys with your thumbs. As you play you can un-cover and cover the vibrato holes as you like. Many different tunings are acceptable, according to personal preference. Specific tuning of a thumb piano is only an issue when two instruments are played together; then they should generally agree in tuning. Otherwise, the tuning is subjective and should only be pleasing to the player.
The longer keys have lower pitches and shorter keys have higher pitches. The keys can be adjusted by tapping them in or out to adjust their length, and therefore their pitch.
Singing bowls are played by the friction of rubbing a wooden mallet around the rim of the bowl to produce overtones and a continuous 'singing' sound. They are commonly used for meditation, relaxation, healthcare, personal well-being and religious practice.
To play, hang one set from each of your thumbs so they rest in the palm of your hands. Then drum your fingers on the shell. The ebony produces a slightly louder and crisper sound than castanets made of sheesham. The ebony is stained black for consistent appearance.
We do not recommend them for beginners, who should build up their finger strength and dexterity on smaller sets. 2 5/8 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches long (6.75 x 9 cm). Storage bag included.