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    Drums can be divided according to shape. Some of the types are tubular, vessel, and frame drums.
    One of the most common tubular drums is the long drum. A lot of long drums are cylindrical - they have the same diameter from top to bottom - like this Polynesian drum. This drum was carved from a length of tree trunk and has a single-skin head.

    Q1: Does the "head" refers to the drum head, the end of the drum?

    Q2: Then what does "single-skin mean? I mean, I do not know what the skin refers to here. ?

    Thanks for your help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IMPSX-UE View Post
    Drums can be divided according to shape. Some of the types are tubular, vessel, and frame drums.
    One of the most common tubular drums is the long drum. A lot of long drums are cylindrical - they have the sae diameter from top to bottom - like this Polynesian drum. This drum was carved from a length of tree trunk and has a single-skin head.

    Q1: Does the "head" refers to the drum head, the end of the drum?

    Q2: Then what does "single-skin mean? I mean, I do not know what the skin refers to here. ?

    Thanks for your help.
    The drum head, or skin, is the part you beat or hit with a stick.
    Haven't you ever noticed that drums are made with some skin-like substance stretched over a rim? Some drums have skins on both ends and you can play them horizontally, each hand beating one end of the drum.
    The long drum you're describing has a skin on only one end. The other end is hollow. It's probably held vertically (with the skin at the top ;)

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    [quote=Raymott;429369]The drum head, or skin, is the part you beat or hit with a stick.
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    Yeah, I get it !

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    Etymological trivium of the day: the bongo (a tall drum played with the hands, often in pairs) is named after the animal whose skin is used to make the head.

    You play with this bongo a little differently than with the familiar bongo drums. In fact, it's hard to play with this bongo at all, since it weighs a good six hundred pounds. And it's hard to see, at least in its native habitat. Boldly striped white on red, the bongo blends almost invisibly into the dappled sunshine of the equatorial forests of Africa...
    Read more here: http://www.answers.com/bongo

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Etymological trivium of the day: the bongo (a tall drum played with the hands, often in pairs) is named after the animal whose skin is used to make the head.


    Read more here: bongo: Definition from Answers.com

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    Bobk, thanks for your useful information, I appreciate that !

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    In fact, now I think about it, I'm not sure about the head; it may be made from a bongo's skin. But the sides of the drum, with the distinctive brown and white markings, certainly are.

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    Last edited by BobK; 03-Feb-2009 at 15:01. Reason: Typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In fact, now I think about it, I'm not sure about the head; it may be made from a bongo's akin. But the sides of the drum, with the distinctive brown and white markings, certainly are.

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    Bobk, I read the article you offered again and I do not think that I definitely get what you said, but...

    The head (drumhead) refers to the stretched membrane of the drum, right? And then the head is usually made of some kind of animal skin.
    I found some thing more about Polynesian drum here,

    Hawaiian Polynesian drumming rhythms music tahitian samoan etc "Pahu drums are cylindrical, not unlike like conga or ngoma, and usually made from coconut or breadfruit trees. They were originally headed with sharkskin. … …"

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMPSX-UE View Post
    Bobk, I read the article you offered again and I do not think that I definitely get what you said, but...

    The head (drumhead) refers to the stretched membrane of the drum, right? And then the head is usually made of some kind of animal skin.
    I found some thing more about Polynesian drum here,

    Hawaiian Polynesian drumming rhythms music tahitian samoan etc "Pahu drums are cylindrical, not unlike like conga or ngoma, and usually made from coconut or breadfruit trees. They were originally headed with sharkskin. … …"
    Sorry about the typo "Skin".

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