What Is a Hank Drum or Steel Tongue Drum?

Hank Drum is a modern percussion instrument, from the same family as Tibetan bowls, bells, or Shaman’s tambourine.

It is an idiophone   instrument, a round slit drum type that is often maded from a propane tank.

Although its origins may have come from Jim Doble’s Whale Drum or Felle Vega‘s Tambiro it was not until Dennis Havlena built his version of Tambiro out of a propane tank that the first steel tongue drum came. His passion for creating sound and music led to his creation of today’s modern hang drum instrument made of a propane tank, hence the name hank drum (hang plus tank).

What Is A Hank Drum Or Steel Tongue Drum
What Is A Hank Drum Or Steel Tongue Drum
What Is A Hank Drum Or Steel Tongue Drum

Usually, Steel Tongue Drums has seven to ten radial tongues on its exterior, and UFO Drum has eight. Each tongues tones varies according to their lengths and weights and can be tuned both in pentatonic and diatonic mode. The instrument is played by fingers or two wooden stick, and like all other idiophone instruments, the sound is created by the device vibrating.

UFO Drum perfectly hand-tuned their hank drum by hank drum masters of 20 years, producing immersive cosmic music and gives everyone their taste of induced euphoria.

Apart from what you can do with it, hank drums are a good companion for travelers it allows them to reduce boredom or kill time while in transit, channeling energy towards spiritual activities. It can be a great help also in music therapy or alters one’s state of consciousness for the better and much more.

And the great thing is that UFO Drums made it even better by making it easy for everyone to play the instrument, made its sounds more beautiful than it used to and travel-friendly.

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How to play it?

It’s easy to play the UFO drum – it’s tuned so that every combination of the pedals sound together harmoniously (pentatonic scale). From the first touch, you will intuitively play delightful music. You should just relax, follow the rhythm flow and the music will come from you, filling a space with mystical sounds and healing vibrations. It is also a perfect instrument for meditation and sound healing.


UFO drum can be played with hands or with sticks. Place it on your lap, or on some soft surface to keep sound hole at the bottom open. The hit must be sharp, but not too strong. After a short contact with the surface of the instrument finger should “bounce up” like a tennis ball. The shorter is the time of contact with the surface – the longer the sound becomes and the overtones get richer. For beginners, the best way to start is to use a forefinger. Hit the surface of the drum with your fingertips, the place which normally used for the fingerprint. After a little practice, the notes played with fingers will become as loud and clear as if you are using steel tongue drum soft sticks.

User maintenance is simple, just wipe it sometimes inside and out with a natural oil to avoid corrosion. Protect from bumps and scratches. And enjoy it!

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