View Full Version : Good Homemade Percussion to Ukuleles?

10-12-2008, 06:46 PM
Sometimes I just don't think it'd be worth it to buy a new three hundred drum kit just for my shenanigans so I've made a low-tech floor-tom from a steel soup pot stuffed with a pillow and a piece of cardboard on top. Any ideas for easy-accessible cheap material to make possibly a bass drum? Shoot me up, UU.


10-12-2008, 07:17 PM

There you go.

10-12-2008, 11:29 PM
A musician from Estonia I know plays a self-invented waterdrum: basically two plastic dishes put together with water in between. That allows you to tune it...


There you can have an idea from those drums...

10-13-2008, 08:20 AM
That is just an awesome video! I love his drums. I love drums just in general, but those really sound wonderful. He's a good drummer also, which doesn't hurt.

10-13-2008, 08:51 AM
hehe, yeah, and it's a great Estonian band, my (bagpipe) teacher played some concerts with them... I think those drums shouldn't be difficult to be copied...

10-13-2008, 09:34 AM
An uncomfortably solid couch cushion is a great makeshift bass drum if you already have a pedal. Another option is a big plastic trash can laying on its side.

10-13-2008, 11:58 AM
alright here is this, its a band called the Street Drum Corps... they dont use any drums per say... street drum corps (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cQVcbgMWfg)

they put on an amazing show... just look at some other vids...

Howlin Hobbit
10-13-2008, 03:18 PM
A sturdy cardboard box or an old hardshell suitcase makes a good bass drum for live performance. The suitcase has the added benefit of carrying other stuff in it to the gig.

For recording, you can close-mike a fat telephone book and get a good bass drum sound by thumping it with a normal kickdrum beater. (Jackson Browne did it on his album "Running on Empty" for one of the tunes he recorded in a hotel room.)

You can get a hip brushed snare sound by taking a cardboard box, laying several sheets of newspaper over the top, and anchoring them down (not too tightly, just enough so that they don't slip off) by wrapping with a big old rubber band. You can tie a bunch of little rubber bands together for the latter. You play it with actual drum brushes.

A washboard set up in skilled hands can rock. Three of the recent releases in our "rehearsal tapes series" feature our drummer, Sketch, on washboard. Burnt Bean Water (http://www.mediafire.com/?00mdjmwyqmn), Dead Egyptian Blues (http://www.mediafire.com/?nz2ptndsje0) and Say Hello To Mr. Snake (http://www.mediafire.com/?lujsh7arcr6).

On at least one of them (can't recall which right now) he's playing the washboard with drum brushes. Very cool sound.

10-13-2008, 04:00 PM
There's an outfit called "Trash Kat" makes a kit for a regular garbage can. You can prolly figure out how to rig up a ready made drum head or a hoop with heavy ripstop nylon and have a decent sounding bass, just by having a look at theirs.

10-13-2008, 04:34 PM
We use a tamborine screwed into a wooden wine crate for our bass drum. Some times I use my Uke case mounted to a bass drum pedal. Here's a vid of little Junior playing the Boom stand and Junk kit. You can't see the crate bass drum, but you can see the coffee can toms.

10-13-2008, 10:45 PM
There is another traditional european (basquian) percussion instrument that could be interesting: the txalaparta http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_tgBF57eBo&fmt=18

I wonder how that would be together with Uke...