Goblet Drum Persian Style
The Persian version of the goblet drum, Tonbak is a single headed goblet drum carved from a single block of wood. With goatskin or sheepskin on the sides, full bass tone and various treble tones can be made due to the fairly wide top.
Persian Tonbak is played from Asia to Eastern Europe and Africa, each region having a different playing technique and rhythm according to their culture.
The Tonbak is an amazing instrument. Even the placement of the finger on the top wide head can result in the production of different tones.
Different rhythms can be played on the Tonbak, each with its own magical touch, a unique and obliterating sound of heavenly melody.
The Chronicles of Tonbak
Goblet drums like the Tonbak have been in use for thousands of years, recorded in some of the oldest civilizations like the Mesopotamia, Babylonians, Sumerians, and Ancient Egyptians. The rich history of this instrument makes it an integral part of numerous cultures around the world, including Middle Eastern, Arabic, and African cultures.
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