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The steel tongue drum (aka tong drum, tank drum, gluck-o-phone, hapi drum, mandala or lotus drum) and the handpan (aka hank drum, UFO drum, zen drum) are percussion musical instruments designed to help you focus on your feelings, sensations and body. You don’t need classical music training or knowledge of music theory to play them. The main purpose is relaxation, meditation and traveling through your inner world.

No previous training or skills are necessary to enjoy these fascinating instruments. It is impossible to play them incorrectly. Anyone can play them: those who want to develop a good sense of rhythm and an ear for music, those who are seeking relaxation after a hard day at work, those who have always had an interest in learning how to play a musical instrument, and those who want to introduce something unusual into their lives and explore their inner selves.

This book is aimed for those who want to add popular melodies to their experimentation.

We use numbers above the classic notes because most modern tongue drums have numbers engraved or painted on their keys. This is great for absolute beginner who cannot read sheet music.
Because most tongue drums include and are tuned to involve the notes of the main octave, all songs from this book are possible to play in one octave.

Each tongue drum is very different and it is impossible to accommodate songs for all kinds of tongue drums in one book. The songs which have been collected in this book can be played on most drum models. If you have less than 1 octave of keys on your drum, you may need to skip some songs. However, if your drum has many sharp notes, you will need a book which contains chromatic songs. Here, we have collected only simplified diatonic melodies.

Attention: Songs have been transposed for a DIATONIC range. Some melodies might be changed and simplified. If you have flat keys on your instrument,please use the classic music score for piano.

This book includes simple, popular traditional folk songs from 30 countries.

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. A Ram Sam Sam Moroccan Folk Song
  3. Ahrirang Korean Song
  4. Anile, Anile Indian Tamil Song
  5. Au Clair de la Lune French Folk Song
  6. Bound for South Australia Australian Folk Song
  7. Bim Bum Biddy American Song
  8. Che Che Koolay Ghanian Folk Son
  9. Cumpleaños Feliz! Columbian Song
  10. ¿Dónde Están las Llaves? Spanish Folk Song
  11. Debka Hora Hebrew Song
  12. Epo i Tai Tai e New Zealandian Maori Song
  13. Frère Jacques French Song
  14. Giro Giro Tondo Italian Folk Song
  15. Gretel, Pastetel German Song
  16. Hotaru Koi Japanese Folk Song
  17. Kalinka Russian Folk Song
  18. Kanzenzenze Congolese Folk Song
  19. Kum Ba Yah African American Spiritual
  20. Kum Bachur Atzel Jewish Song
  21. La Cucaracha Mexican Song
  22. Lost My Gold Ring Jamaican Folk Song
  23. Mein Hut German Song
  24. Pounto to Dakhtilidy Greek Folk Song
  25. Short’nin’ Bread African American Folk Song
  26. Singapura, Oh Singapura Singaporean Song
  27. The Grand Old Duke of York English Folk Song
  28. Un Petit Cochon French Song
  29. Vous Diraije Maman French Song
  30. Zhao Peng You (Looking looking for my friend) Chinese Song
  31. Zimbole African Song

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