The Multi-Dimensional Orthogonal Lapdrum
This World Percussion instrument is made from clay and measuring 12"w x 8-1/2"h, the lapdrum is a non-ethnic-specific instrument, each one featuring a one-of-a-kind glazed finish inside and out. It has a large calfskin or goat skin head on the top of the instrument, and two smaller heads on the side. This design gives the performer the ability to play on two surfaces simultaneously with one hand. Also, there is a portal that can be used to vary the pitch or to create a glissando effect. Beneath the 5" head are slotted indentations in the clay surface that give a "guiro" effect when scraped with the aluminum thumb rings. The rings can also be used to lightly hit the clay body of the drum to create a rhythmic tapping.
A hole in the bottom of the drum allows a lavalier microphone to be installed inside. The back of the drum is sand painted, creating a non-slip surface to prevent it from sliding off the performer's lap.
The Lapdrum package includes; a waterproof padded case with shoulder strap and thumb rings. The optional audiotechnica lavalier microphone can be purchased through American Percussion Instruments as well. This microphone application allows stage amplification and sonic effects to be added. The Lap Drum is owned by Mike Gordon from Phish, Tony Levin, Jerry Marrotta, Dave Holland, Jim Keltner, Steve Gadd to name a few.
Please !!!! refer to the maintenance page to see how to take care of this percussion instrument.