I've been offered recently a tongue drum similar to this one:

tongue drum

Exploring the StackExchange answers I think it is tuned to the pentatonic scale. However I cannot make sense of the symbols on the tongues, especially the '1' with a kind of dot added on top or the '5' and '6' with a dot on the bottom of the digit. Can anyone help decyphering it? Which are actually the notes played by each tongue?

  • 1
    Should be very simple to work out with the help of a nearby piano.
    – Tim
    Feb 5 at 16:21
  • Indeed, a nearby piano did help confirm. It did not sound that clear to me without any clue.
    – Jixi
    Feb 6 at 21:04

The numbers are normally referred to the degree of the key in which it's tuned (usually, in C): 1 is the tonic (C), 2 the supertonic (D), etc.

The dots indicate if the note is an octave above or below the reference.

In the case above, assuming it's tuned in C, clockwise starting from the left most:

  • 2: D
  • 5: G
  • 1̊ : C (octave above)
  • 5̥ : G (octave below)
  • 6: A
  • 3: E
  • 1: C
  • 6̥ : A (octave below)

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