30 Days of Roc #12: Thumb Piano

30 days of Roc, where we release 1 new instrument a day! You're on day 12. We're also running a contest for each instrument, where you can win $10-$50 iTunes gift cards!

Enter now to prove you're the Roc master! First time here? Check out what you've missed:

Day 11: Music Box
Day 10: Vocal FX
Day 9: Vocal Jazz
Day 8: Singing Vowels
Day 7: Konokol and Tabla Bols
Day 6: Birds
Day 5: Animals
Day 4: Around the House
Day 3: The Kitchen Sink
Day 2: Body Sounds
Day 1: Human Beatbox

The opposable thumb has helped mankind develop fine motor skills throughout human history. It gives us the ability to write, and even the ability to play certain instruments. Ever heard of a Thumb Piano? Traditionally made of a wooden board with varying lengths of metal prongs attached, the thumb piano is a popular African instrument typically used in religious ceremonies and social gatherings. Longer prongs (lower pitched notes) are usually in the center of the instrument, with shorter (higher pitched notes) prongs on both sides. The instrument is held in both hands, and played with (yup, you guessed it) the thumbs by means of plucking.

Today we're releasing "Thumb Piano" for Roc, to get you to experiment with an instrument you may have never heard of before, let alone play. You can find it in the instruments toolbar, located on the right hand side. The great thing about the Thumb Piano is that is accompanies most instruments very well. You can add it to the background of a beat, or make it the forefront instrument of any song. And remember, every instrument is licensed under creative commons attribution, and can be used commercially. This means that you can use any music you've created in Roc (even in a commercial project!) as long as you give Aviary credit.

Launch Roc now to explore!

Roc-star Styromus has put together a quick song to let you get a glimpse of the new sounds, now available at your finger-thumb-tips.

Hint for Day 13 release (coming Tuesday): Think of the ultimate, most relaxing outdoor patio instrument. Second hint: It can be played by Mother Nature herself.

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