UDU: Clay Pot Drums and How to Play Them
An instructional video from
Burnt Earth Musical Instruments

Barry introduces the udu and
explains how they're built

Many different playing strokes
are demonstrated

Proper hand position is
explained in detail

Matthew teaches Afro-Cuban, South Indian and Middle
Eastern techniques

Clay pot drums of many
different sizes are demonstrated

Barry and Richard Smith
perform "Siberian Hoedown"
and other pieces

A unique double udu (and
many other styles) are shown

Barry demonstrates an
unusual playing technique


In this video, Barry Hall presents a thorough overview of clay pot (“udu”) drums and how to play them. A variety of playing strokes, from basic to advanced, are explained and demonstrated in detail. An udu builder as well as player, Barry also briefly explains the process of building ceramic drums and demonstrates a number of common and unusual udu-family instruments from his collection.

Extending the basic strokes, percussionist Matthew Schertz shows how to apply Afro-Cuban, South Indian and Middle Eastern drumming techniques and rhythms to the udu. To round out the presentation, members of the Burnt Earth Ensemble perform several musical selections that show how udus can be musically combined with each other and with other instruments. See below for detailed contents.

This 95 minute video is packed with useful and inspiring information and performances. A valuable resource for those new to clay pot drums, it also presents a number of unusual techniques and tricks for more seasoned players.

95 minutes • VHS Stereo/Hi-FI • NTSC

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Customer Reviews (from Amazon.com):

Reviewer: Andre Thomas Hagen from Madison, Wisconsin
Even if you only have a passing interest in Clay Pot Drums or THINK you might be interested, this video is worthwhile. If you are already playing or planning to do so, the video is worth its weight in gold.

I've either watched or own just about every drum video that's come down the pike, and this is by far the most entertaining and informative. (Even my wife who has no interest in the Clay Pot Drum whatsoever watched it twice with interest).

I have another Udu Drum Video which I watched many times, but my Udu Drum gathered dust until I watched this one. Obviously I highly recommend this video.

UDU made easy, January 2, 2003
Reviewer: A viewer from Los Angeles, California
I f you have an udu drum and wouldn't a clue as to how to play it -- this video will turn you around. It systematically goes through the different means of creating those wonderful sounds. I don't know where else I could get such great instruction other than hanging out with the musicians themselves. I highly recommend this video. Even my boyfriend was enthused by it.

The contents of the Udu Video:

  • Introduction to the udu
  • Udu construction
  • Basic playing strokes
  • Advanced shell tones and air tones
  • Playing with implements
  • Variations on udu design
  • Afro-Cuban and South Indian techniques
  • Performances (four musical selections featuring udus played with other instruments)
  • Connecting with other builders and players
  • Finding your own style and space

Featured performers include:
Barry Hall – udus and stone fiddle
Matthew Schertz – double udu
Richard Smith – udus
Beth Hall – clay flute

For more information please contact Barry Hall.

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