Boomwhackers were invented in 1994 and in that short time they have truly become a timeless classic! Who can resist the idea of making music and hitting tubes on surfaces at the same time?—not us and not your children or students either! The C diatonic 8 piece set is our best-selling Boomwhacker set and is the perfect foundation for starting your collection, as it includes the most commonly used pitches and will blend with your other pitched and unpitched percussion. Just getting started with music? This set will send you on your way. -Melissa
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This Boomwhackers BWDG diatonic set includes 8 tubes tuned to the notes of the C major scale. By gently striking nearly any surface (tables, chairs, floors, your thigh or hand, your shoe…whatever!) you can produce a full, audible tone. Different surface produce different sounds, but the pitch always remains the same. Tubes range in length from 12" - 24". Each Boomwhacker is tuned to a different pitch and has a unique color:
F1 (light green)
Then to extend the range of this Boomwhacker set, we recommend adding the Octavators for Boomwhackers (200403). By placing one of these caps on the end of any Boomwhackers tube, the pitch is automatically lowered by eight tones or one full octave. It's a great way to extend the range of this standard stand of Boomwhackers economically.
Instant scales, take them anywhere, teach melody, rhythm, harmony, allows for exploration and creativity in every kind of music class, preschool class setting, musicals, you name it! Extremely versatile, very affordable, colorful and just plain fun!
using for a summer arts in the parks program that the university where I work is hosting. It will involve elementary age kiddos and music and dance interactive experiences where the kids will get to make and play their own instruments along with playing actual instruments.
To practice rhythms with drum circles of 20 from ages 14 to 84 I want to get the best bang for the buck so I am thinking of Rhythm sticks or boomwackers. What do you think of these or other options that are easy to transport? Thank you, Carmen
A shopper on Mar 4, 2014
Best Answer:What a great question! For such a diverse ensemble, I would say that they are worth the investment. With drum circles there are many options. If you have a circle of beginners, I would recommend the rhythm sticks for a start. Once your ensemble is proficient in their rhythms and keeping steady beat pulses, you can graduate to other auxillery percussion instruments (claves, castanets, triangles, egg shakers, guiros, xylophones, hand drums, etc.). BoomWhackers are more for a tonal approach to music rahter than rhythmic. However many percussion ensembles make use of them because 1)They are a percussion instrument; and 2)They add that tonal element to the rhythms the ensemble creates.
In summation: They are worth the purchase, but you have to know how you would like to implement them for your ensemble. They are not the best option for teaching rhythms/beat patterns.
I am not sure what size rhythm sticks you mean. If you mean the kind that are about 8 -12 inches long, with or without ridges and about 3/4th of an inch thick... They would work great for practicing drumming. They are light weight, and durable. They may be too much if you used them on the drum heads though. Now the boom whackers are also durable and lightweight. I don't have any specific cases for them, and I do have to transport them to my music classes. I've used a kitchen trash bag for 2 sets of them, or I've put them in a big plastic tote box, along with other things. You can play them on many surfaces including hands, thighs, the floor, the back of a chair or on play one against the other/playing 2 handed. They are pitched though, so you may have chord clusters happening every time they are struck, so this may be annoying if you don't want to hear pitches during a drumming practice.
Dear Carmen, I have 8 sets of these in my general music room, and we use them for everything. I also have a set of rhythm sticks too. Durability wise, both will last for a while if taken care of properly. I ended up wrapping my wooden rhythm sticks with duct tape so that if and when they splinter, The kids do not get splinters in their hands, plus they look really cool. The boomwhackers are easy to tote around, just put in a large heavy duty trash bag and you are hoofing to your next gig.I prefer to use these in pentatonic, but we have diatonic peices as well. Check out peice by Tim Weigand called "Splash of Blue" you tube. fun stuff. it will make you want to buy more sets for sure.
That is an interesting question. Rhythmn sticks are small and will be easier to carry around. (although they will be heavier) Boomwhackers are bulky, not heavy but need a large bag or bucket to help carry them around.
If you are just doing rhythms, rhythm sticks are always a classic way to go. Boomwhacker have many more possibilities because they are pitched. So you can do chords and melody.
If you are just practicing rhythms, I would go with rhythm sticks. Rhythm sticks will be much easier and compact to transport than boomwhackers and since each boomwhacker makes a different tone, it might be a little hard to listen to with all of the tones being played at once! I would only go with boomwhackers if you are planning on using them for melodic activities or small group rhythm activities.
It depends on the song and the kids. Boomwhackers are fun, but not very sturdy, so kids have to be careful of not to bend or crease them because then they don't sound right. With Boomwhackers, the sounds are endless with chords and ostinati, and easy to transport. You can also get a good sound out of them striking tubanos. For sturdiness, go with sticks.
I would personally do rhythm sticks. Boomwackers can be fun since they are pitched it would just sound like a huge mass of sound. Boomwackers can be fun if you organize it the right way and know what pitches you are using. triads, P5, or even a pentatonic scale could work--but not all pitches at the same time.
If you're planning to use all the boomwhackers at once that might not sound great since it will be a big cluster of pitches, however, if you're buying a few sets and can plan to use notes in a chord that could be cool. Otherwise I might recommend rhythm sticks or frame drums.
It would be easier to create co-ordinated rhythm patterns with rhythm sticks. Boom whacker sounds tend to be soft, and their size creates some aerodynamic problems with rhythms. Also, if all whackers are sounding at the same time, the tonality is not pleasant.
Rhythm sticks would be easier to transport as they nearly always the same size. Boom wackers can be awkward to transport as some are as long as 5 ft. Having said that. the boomwhackers allow for more creative pitch variances ie Stomp .
Boomwhackers offer the added element of pitch, but in a Drum Circle configuration, you would probably want to use the pentatonoc set. It might be easier to use rhythms sticks along with other families of skins, metal, shakers?
Are Boomwhackers appropriate for 3-5 yr olds? I teach music in preschools.
A shopper on Jan 9, 2013
Best Answer:Boomwhackers can be appropriate for preschoolers, depending on how you use them. I have used them before in preschool for things such as tapping steady beat and pentatonic ostinatos. I suggest using the caps though, that way kids tap them on the floor.
I own all of the various sets of Boomwhackers in my general music classroom and percussion ensembles. Yes, I think the treble 7 note and the small diatonic package Boomwhacker set would be great. Those sets contain smaller/shorter Boomwhackers. I allow my students to use them 3 ways. 1) Tap it on the floor, 2) Tap it on the side of your shoe, 3) Hold it with one hand and tap it on the opposite hand. I don't allow my students to play the Boomwhackers on their head as many kids will be tempted to do.
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Best Answer:I would take into consideration the age/size of your students. The largest boom whackers can be difficult, if not impossible for small students. I had to have my tallest 6th graders play the lowest/longest Boomwhackers. For primary/elementary, I would start with the C1 to C2 set. I would recommend the end caps for changing octaves - especially if you are purchasing more than one set. I'd also leave some money in your budget to purchase boomwhacker books/cds. At least for when you are first starting them with the students. With a class of up to 24, remember you are usually only using one or two chords (so you might need 3 or 4 sets if you want every student to be playing all the time). You can also have students clap or play other percussion instruments on the rhythm if you don't want to purchase that many sets. Example: If you purchase one set, that means 3-4 students will have C Major and 3 Students will have F or G major triads - if you are playing a piece that even has chord changes. A lot of the beginning boomwhacker material focuses on 1 chord and rhythm. Overall, I recommend them, they can be a lot of fun. Hope some of this helps!
I just read this e-mail from West Music. We have been away. I love my sets of boomwhackers and my students do, too. I love the diatonic set of 8 boomwhackers. I have six sets of the C Major Diatonic set. I also have one set of chromatic boomwhackers but haven't used those as much. I also love the octave caps that easily slide onto the ends of the boomwhackers. They lower the pitch by an octave. It is like doing a magic trick and the small ones are easier to store than the real long ones. Good luck with your purchase and have fun with your students.
Hi Jordan, If you are going to be doing C pentatonic material - which works well on boomwhackers - you will use 6 out of each set. So 4 or 5 sets should be enough to get started. You can get the caps that will give you the bass sound out of the regular boomwhackers. I find that the bass set is hard for young kids to handle. Hope it helps
I would buy the 8-note Diatonic Boomwhacker sets. I have five sets for my elementary music classes, and I love them. The kids love them too! We use Boomwhackers to help teach and play solfege patterns. Three or four sets may be enough for your classes with 24 students. I would highly recommend this Boomwhacker set.