Instruments (How To)

Tuning High and Low Diatonic Thumb Pianos

On every 8 note instrument you will notice numbers 1-8. Each number corresponds to a note in the 8 note Diatonic scale of “C”. 1-C, 2-D, 3-E, 4-F, 5-G, 6-A, 7-B and 8-C. To tune you will need the following:

  • Small hammer
  • Tuner
  • Suction cup pickup

If your thumb piano is out of tune and you would rather us tune it for you, send in your thumb piano with a prepaid return label. We will be happy to help!

How To Hold And Play Instructions

While holding the thumb piano (see video) lightly slide your right thumb off the bend of the key starting with the number 1 key, your left thumb with the number 2 key alternating back and forth until you have played all the keys. You have just played the scale C to C, better known as Do, Re, Me, Fa, So, La, Te, Do!

There is another option, simple place the instrument on your tabletop with a cloth in between the instrument and table top surface, using your index fingers simply pluck the keys.

Gourd Amplifiers

Hand made, gourd amplifiers for instruments or even your iPod! To care for your amplifier store in a dry place and keep clean with a dry cotton cloth. We recommend that you do not store with the 9 volt battery installed.  To use your gourd amplifier you will need the following:

  • 9 volt battery (not included)
  • 1/4″ playing cord (included)
  • 1/4″ to 1/8″ adapter (included for use with phone)

On the back of the amplifier you will find the battery drawer, lift and pull to install the battery. Plug in your 1/4″ cord to the amplifier and the opposing end into your thumb piano. Turn the amplifier on by simply turning the knob and selecting your desired level of volume. You are now ready for the ultimate thumb piano jam session!