Originating in Africa, the Thumbdrum has made its way throughout the world. Known also as a sansa, kalimba, and thumbpiano. It is played by plucking the tines, or keys with the thumb. They are perfect for play and musical experimentation. Sturdy enough for children and includes a neck string. The resonator for the thumbdrum is a beautiful solid cedar board. Comes with a songbook giving a brief history and information about the scales, along with instructions about retuning. Also includes a numbering system for the keys which will assist you in playing the numerous accompanying numbered songs. Offered in the Diatonic Scale, an eight note scale do, re, mi etc. with which simple melodies can be played. 6 1/2 inches long. Handmade in the USA.
We offer three booklets with music just for our ThumbDrum! Each song has the words with the number associated to the note(s) to play for that word printed underneath the word. They are songs you will most likely recognize and know. The "Christmas Songbook" has 23 classic Christmas Carols; the "Children's Songbook" has 23 songs for children; the "Timeless Melodies Songbook" has 20 song, some old-time American favorites, some hits from the 1950s, some patriotic, and some just fun songs. Order Songbooks using the Options Bar.
"The ThumbDrum is just too wonderful for words. I have been lucky enough to play A Toy Garden's Thumbdrum several times and I can hardly stop, I am so engrossed. As a singer and musical type person, I appreciate the mellowness of their tone and the ease with which you are suddenly playing music! Ten minutes with a ThumbDrum and I feel refreshed and calm and so musically satisfied. I definitely want one for each of my children this Christmas. Edna C. Fair Oaks, CA 11/13/05"
"Dear Sonya, I'd just like to thank you so very much for your super fast despatch of the musical instruments. I gave them to my son for his birthday & he just loves them, the thumb piano would probably be his favorite. Thanks again I'll be back. Kind Regards, Maree G. New South Wales, Australia 4/13/09"
"Thanks again for the lovely items. I did a lot of shopping around this Christmas, and kept coming back to A Toy Garden. You always seemed to have the nicest things, and at the best prices. The Mermaid Doll was just exactly what I was looking for: sweet, beautiful, and perfect size for my 3 yr old. I'm also looking forward to seeing my 5 yr old try the Thumb Drum. Best wishes, Colleen B. Galloway, NJ 12/11/09"