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woodpecker 06-28-2013 10:41 AM

Woodpecker's Balafons: Pecking Up New Percussion Instruments
 
Hi, so that's what I've been up to lately - making new instruments.

A folding balafon is something I've created quite some years ago.
It was accompanying me in my rucksack during my early travels, and it received quite some positive feedback.

After I returned home and settled down in my hometown in Lithuania, I'm taking the opportunity to continue this work.
Since the start I've been receiving encouraging feedback and I hope this project is going to grow.
I'd like to share with you my Woodpeckers Balafons:


http://woodbala.com/uploads/IMG_1094_a.jpg http://woodbala.com/uploads/IMG_1128_a.jpg http://woodbala.com/uploads/IMG_1164_a.jpg

Thanks,
Ignas

topgun2021 06-28-2013 11:15 AM

Re: Woodpecker's Balafons: Pecking Up New Percussion Instruments
 
Those are neat. I met a missionary who was given one in Africa.

Garvin 06-28-2013 03:54 PM

Re: Woodpecker's Balafons: Pecking Up New Percussion Instruments
 
Very cool... I play balafon, and just recently ordered a second small one from Wula Drums. I had to re-tune it to match my big one, but I learned a lot about the tonality of the keys. My biggest problem is re-stringing it traditionally.

Yours looks very cool. Are they tuned diatonically, or pentatonically?

woodpecker 06-28-2013 04:24 PM

Re: Woodpecker's Balafons: Pecking Up New Percussion Instruments
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Garvin (Post 1156059)
Very cool... I play balafon, and just recently ordered a second small one from Wula Drums. I had to re-tune it to match my big one, but I learned a lot about the tonality of the keys. My biggest problem is re-stringing it traditionally.

Yours looks very cool. Are they tuned diatonically, or pentatonically?

Yes, I bet restringing a balafon can be a bit of a job....
Initially I wanted to have something practical and easy to play on. The first tuning was: E F# G# B C#. I'm not even sure how to call this scale - e pentatonic of some sort. I've tried some diatonic scales but I guess I prefer the pentatonic ones. The traditional african balafon is pentatonic as well. There's a very intuitive aspect to playing an instrument with pentatonic tuning.


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