Bull Roarer

Posted On February 19, 2014

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On a whim I googled Greenlandic music and learned they have an instrument called a bull roarer.  So do the Australian aborigines.  Dating back to the Paleolithic, the bull roarer is found on every continent.

It is a thin, rectangular piece of wood attached to a cord.  The cord is given a twist and then swung in a circle either vertically or horizontally.  The sound produced is a rumbling vibrato.  Some cultures say it is the voice of a god.

The sound of the bull roarer travels for miles.  This instrument can be hand carved following instructions on youtube, or purchased from amazon.  Image