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How to Play the Dundun

Learn how to play the dundun from the musicians at Wula Drum in this Howcast video.


We're going to show you how to play the dundun, the sangba, and the kankanee [SP]. Each person has one stick and a piece of metal to play the bell. I like to use this, but some people use the straight piece of iron. It doesn't matter, as long as you're using iron on iron. The way I hold it is like this.

So the bell can ring. How does yours sound?

So each bell is a little different. When I hold my stick just like a drumstick, I'm relaxed. Everyone holds a stick differently.

Yeah. I'll hold my stick like this, because everybody has to hold the stick a different way. Everybody's got a different technique.

We all play in the middle of the drum, and we come off the drum. Don't press the stick against the skin. We play open like this.

The pitches are low, medium, high. So when I play. . .

I play with the bell.

We stay relaxed. We move the stick off the drum, and that's how the pitches and the dundun, sangba, kankanee drums are played together.

This is how to play the dundun, sangba, and kankanee.

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