Homemade musical instruments really intrigue me. There’s something special about listening to tones or rhythms produced by unique instruments. No two will ever sound alike.
Slit drums seem to have their origins in Polynesia, Africa and even Mexico. They are made out of any number of woods or even gourds; the variety is endless. Check out this Aztec version:
And here is the Steve Ramsey version made with Walnut and plywood:
Well okay, my slit drum isn’t as exotic, but it actually produces really pleasing, resonating tones that aren’t done justice with my cheapo video camera. I’m pretty sure I will be revisiting the topic of homemade instruments soon. My son desperately wants me to make him an electric guitar, though I’m not sure if it would really be worth it. Seems like a new guitar would be cheaper. (If anyone has any experience with guitars, let me know. I’m not even sure where to begin!) Until then, I’ll stay tribal. Enjoy the video.