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Here is a description of our tunings showing the notes and their position on the kool drum. Follow the links to You tube or Soundcloud where you can hear and see an example of each drum type. If you can, listen on headphones to appreciate the true quality of the sound of the mp3 files.
You don't have to be a trained musician to enjoy playing a kool drum. The best way to choose a tuning is to let it choose you and go for the one that gives you that special feeling when you hear it. I fell for ursa minor and hijaz the first time I heard them and wrote songs on them. My son went for the golden gate...
We are constantly researching new tunings, the most recent additions being melog selisir, shiraz and hijazkiar. Contact us with your own ideas for custom tunings
The ancient pentatonic tunings are popular because all the notes sound good together.
The akebono scale is Japanese, while the N'goni is inspired by the African instrument.
minor pentatonic D,F,G,A,C,D,F,G
major pentatonic D,E,F#,A,B,D,E,F#
kyoto D3, G3, A3, Bb3, D4, Eb4, G4, A4, Bb4
A classic Japanese inspired tuning.
golden gate D3, F#3, G#3, A3, C#4, D4, E4, G#4, A4
A sunny tuning where big spaces have an undercurrent of tension.
A tritone hides in major seventh chords to add menace. An unusual tuning full of surprises.
hijaz D3, G3, Ab3, B3, C4, D4, Eb4, F4, G4
A well balanced eastern tuning with jazzy possibilities and dark haunting moments.
A close movement between a dominant seventh, major seventh and sixth determine the flavour.
kiavara D3, G3, A3, Bb3, D4, Eb4, F#4, G4, A4
A dramatic tuning with large vistas and an atmosphere of suspense evoking the "midnight" Indian raga.
pygmy D3, G3, A3, Bb3, D4, F4, G4, A4, Bb4
A colourful tuning with large and small intervals pleasingly clustered.
A balanced movement of fourths and fifths completes the soundscape.
quénécan D3, F3, G3, A3, Bb3, C4, D4, E4, G4
A poignant natural minor tuning brimming with the mellow mist of the Breton countryside.
ursa minor D3, A3, Bb3, D4, E4, F4, G4, A4, Bb4
A versatile minor tuning full of potential with movement between the open feeling of a major seventh and more introspective minor chords.
hijazkiar D3, A3, Bb3, C#4, D4, E4, F4, G#4, A4
A minor harmonic tuning containing the perfectly symetrical Indian raga mayamalavagaula for an eastern flavour.
melog selisir D3, F#3, G3, A3, C#4, D4, F#4, G4, A4
A bright, open, major tuning with it's heart on it's sleeve...compatible with the golden gate as a super-nova
shiraz D3, G3, A3, Bb3, C#4, D4, E4, F4, A4
A minor harmonic tuning. It's exotic sound goes well with the hijazkiar as a super-nova
Many thanks to Aaron at Pantheon Steel and Spike at Zen Tambour for their help and advice.