Tenor-Tongue Drum out of padouk, 8 tones, D minor pentatonic

ART.-NO.: T-8TP-100 EAN: 4250418400213

The little one - for children

Feel the gentle, deep sound throughout your body (lying down), interactively (two children sitting at the ends) or simply drumming. “Feel the sound” is noticeable here and very invigorating. 8 full-sounding tones made from the best air-dried padauk.





  • Tuned in D minor pentatonic
  • Tone sequence: D - E - G - A - B - D - E - G
  • Woods used: Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii), pine (Pinus)
  • Dimensions: 100 x 30 x 35 cm
  • Accessories: 2 beaters, hygrometer
  • Ideal size for children , 100cm long
  • NEW - disinfectable
  • Biologically treated with hard wax oil
  • Made in Germany




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10 tones in D minor, pentatonic


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The 8-tone tenor reclining slot drum from feeltone is the first instrument with the “feeltone idea” on the market. Feeling the rhythm during the game is implemented here so simply and uniquely. The drum has feet on the bottom and on one side, so the instrument can also be tilted on its side and used as a lying version. There are 2 ways to experience the “feel the sound” principle:

  1. Playing area above . Two children sit at the two ends of the drum, where there are no tongues, and play the tongues that are now in front of them with the mallets. The exploration begins slowly - the vibration is perceived in wonder in the body and the shyness quickly disappears. A joyful interactive drumming starts, not necessarily musical at first - the other person wants to get to know each other - but later joyful, cheeky, funny, refreshing. Creativity is awakened and rhythm as communication connects and invigorates.
  2. Playing area on the side . The tenor slit drum is tilted on its side. The lid is sideways, there is a bare pine side on top. This is padded with a blanket and a child is placed on it. If the legs hang down at the end of the drum, they can also be placed on the drum. A player (accompanist or teacher - or a practiced, mindful child) sits next to the drum and gently strikes the individual sound tongues one after the other with a mallet. First you want to feel how the person lying down feels when the OK comes - then the slow, gentle drumming can begin. If you keep an eye on the breathing of the person lying down, the player can see what is going on in the person lying down and when it is enough.

The tenor slot drum can of course also be played as a pure percussion melody instrument, also in a vertical position or as a bench. Be careful - please don't sit on your tongues.


In kindergartens, clinics, and facilities for people with disabilities, this drum is often used for mindfulness exercises and to experience one's own body as a pleasant source of blood because of its "feel the sound" abilities. There have been wonderful successes, particularly with hyperactive children . The attention goes from being outside oneself back inwards, the body is perceived again, the system calms down and the child can be integrated again.


The 8 tones tuned pentatonic in D minor are arranged in a sequence so that the left hand starts at the bottom left at the lowest note, then the next note of the scale on the next row of notes is played with the right hand, it continues in this way left - right - left and down again to the highest note. Arranged in this way, a clear sequence can be maintained when playing rhythmically or you can experiment intuitively with the timbres. Playing patterns that please are repeated; from time to time a sound breaks out and explores new sound fantasies. Starting as a drum with a rhythmic pattern that is staggered in time, melodies slowly build up. The tenor slot drum can be played just as well with mallets as with fingers and hands.

Play style

With the mallets you can easily hit the notes rhythmically and clearly one after the other. The player can also let the mallets drip on the notes, that is, let the rubber ball of the mallet drip onto the tongue and hold the handle as if it wanted to rest on the tongue, thereby causing the soft rubber ball to spring back . If you let the springs glide over several tongues rather than just one, fascinating sound patterns are created that can be combined with simply striking the tongues.

Material and workmanship...

NEW - disinfection

Surface - antibacterial and disinfectable

Since our main customers for these instruments are clinics, institutions and daycare centers, we now offer hard oil surface treatment for the best protection and safe cleaning. This natural oil is just as easily biodegradable as our previous hard oils. Please feel free to ask for a European certificate.

  • quick-drying natural oil
  • Low in solvents, therefore pleasant smell
  • Antimicrobial effect according to ISO 22196:2007
  • Certificate on request

Tonal differences between ash and padouk

As an excellent tonewood, Padouk has very good vibration properties. This is noticeable with the slot drum with a longer resonance. We use ash as a local alternative. This particularly long-fibered wood is very close in quality to Padauk.


The slotted drum has a stable interior made of air-dried wood and is cleanly tuned. The tenor slotted drum is structurally identical to the even larger bass slotted drum. We use padouk because it has particularly good sound properties as a tonewood . The selected padouk from Nigeria comes exclusively from controlled and certified felling, which is significantly more expensive than padouk from unclear origins. We as a company are not certified (very bureaucratic and costly, our consumption is too low), but we can always provide the certificate from our wood supplier as proof of our certified Padouk. For us it is an ethical “must” to only use such woods. We store the wood in the fresh air for 2-4 years to achieve the best drying results. Industrially dried padouk is very susceptible to cracking. We strive to process the valuable wood that the trees provide us with as completely as possible. So first the planks are cut for the bass, then the tenor, followed by the soprano and finally the baba and tinka tongs.

The finest feeltone craftsmanship made from high-quality materials, lovingly manufactured from the plank to the mood in northeast Germany on the beautiful Baltic Sea and shipped all over the world.