Soft Bear Fur Drum Beater w/ Rattle
Sunreed occasionally can offer these rare bear fur drum beaters. This drum beater has specially designed padding underneath the fur to give greater warmth from your drum. It is akin to a Sunreed Soft Beater in this way. The fur has the added bonus of a gentle 'swoosh' of the fur striking the drum, which gives a unique voice to your drum playing, and a most unique affect to the listener, whether that is you, by yourself or in practice with others. Last the maker has spent a good deal of time designing this rattle to have a tone that harmonizes very well with the bass sound of a drum. The mix of the voice of the rattle and drum adds to the mental entrainment to the rhythm. Please listen in the video at the bottom of the page.
Even as bear is medicine of the heart, it opens the heart through the voice of the bear in unison with the drum. It is understood that the striking of the drum, in general, with any beater is the union of male & female principles of the universe, (the beater, the male activating principle, and, the drum, representing the great circle of life.) When struck together, this is an act of creation, and why drumming, from the shamanic and indigenous perspective, is a sacred act of great joy and beauty.
The beaters are roughly 18 inches in length. These are hand made products, and will, also, vary in appearance, size and color of fur, etc.