Tambora Drum

The tambora is a double sided drum used in various parts of Latin America. It is particularly popular in the Dominican Republic where it is used for the rhythmic foundation of merengue. In the Dominican Republic, one side of the tambora is played with the hand, and the other with a stick. For right handed people, the left hand holds the stick.

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iASO May 25, 2016

Hi John, the the stick used for tambora is considerably shorter than a regular drumstick. It is usually also a bit thicker. Perhaps you could cut a drumstick down to a manageable size. If you do, cut off the thinner end.

John Feeley March 18, 2016

Just purchased a new Tambora in Ramona, Dominican Republic. Is it necessary to oil the heads (skins) and if so with what kind of oil . Also I did not get a stick with it.. Is a regular drum stick used or some other type of stick?Thank you

Kyle April 14, 2015

i use the right hand for the stick... is that weird?

Kyle April 14, 2015

i love this music, i use it for my classes a lot!

Frank Martinez October 2, 2012

Important detail on the dominican tambora is the size of the drum and drum heat,type of wood, and goat skin head, overall tone must sounds at 184/194/207 hertz, (184 hertz used most playing merengue tipico, and 207 to 250 hertz for orchestras.Tombaras dominicana must have resonance on those frecuencies to sound dominican. Play Tatico Henriquez "la cama" on youtube to get familiar with the sound, here catarey tambora was tuned at 180 hertz also.