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Tongue Drums and Piano By Number

 Tongue Drum

There are countless products and configurations of the Tongue Drum. I have seen versions with sharps and flats, and numbered all the way to 24.

There are, however, certain aspects that all Tongue Drums have in common, that is, perhaps, behind the recent association of Tongue Drums and Piano By Number by searchers.

Since Tongue Drums are all numbered in one fashion or another, it is only natural that people seek to combine the two, Tongue Drums and Piano By Number..

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You can use our books with any Tongue Drum, but you must be aware that many songs may exceed the number of tones on your drum.

This is easily solved if you substitute a different, available number (on your drum) for the number your drum seems to be missing. This often produces a pleasing anomaly in the pitches of the song. For example, in the drum we have illustrated above, there are two different versions of 1, so you could try substituting the alternate 1 for 8, since musically 1 and 8 are identical.

Please be aware that our beginning books require 12 tones, although many songs are done with five or six. (Use the piano above.) 

Numbered Keyboard


The scale on Tongue Drums usually varies from what we would expect in Western Music. That is, the difference in pitch between 1 and 2 may not be a "major second" as prescribed in classical music theory, but that difference is a part of what gives the Tongue Drum its unique charm: the melody is recognizable, but is mysteriously altered by the differing scale of the drum's notes.

Try A Song With Numbers

Camptown Races

| 5 5 3 5 | 6 5 3 * | 3 2 * * | 3 2 * * |


Not all Piano By Number books use only 1 - 12. The more advanced ones use flats and sharps which are the black keys of the piano (try that on the piano above.)

We suggest two books that work well for adults on Tongue Drums: POP SONGS and THE BIG BOOK OF SONGS 

Once again, simply substitute an available note on your drum for the one indicated in the music (for example, if a song calls for #1, the black key in between 1 and 2) simply substitute 2 (for example, for #1.)

 Advantages of the Tongue Drum

It is extremely easy and pleasing to play, and our number system suits it well. As a beginner's instrument it is almost ideal, as almost anyone can make convincing music using one.

Try the songs on our online piano using our ONLINE PIANO PAGE and see if it suits you. Alternatively, search our SONG LISTS and find a song you want to play, then purchase a drum with enough notes to play that song.



Playing Piano By Number

Playing Piano By Number – Complete

Starting To Play Piano By Number

Beginning Piano Music With Numbers

Beginner Piano Tutorial

Beginner Piano Books for Kids 

Introduction To Piano By Number

Music On The Mind: Newsweek Articles

Piano By Number Basics

Piano By Number Is The Missing Step

There Are Many Ways To Start Piano

A History of Piano and Numbers

Basic Piano Skills for Kids

Easy Piano Songs for Beginners with Letters

Easy Piano Notes for Popular Songs

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