Echoes of Gum Leaf

This would have to be the world’s cheapest musical instrument. It costs nothing. It’s a gum leaf. Just listen to what this man can do with it.

Herb Patten is from the Gunai nation of the Brabralung grouping in Victoria. He is widely known throughout Australia as a professional gum leaf player and has released two CD’s, How to Play the Gumleaf and Born an Aussie Son. Patten has a Diploma in Visual Art and his painting, Five Shields , which consists of five separate objects, is in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.

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13 thoughts on “Echoes of Gum Leaf

  1. Wow, I didn’t know gum leaf playing was a “thing”! Have a vague memory of a boy blowing on what might have been a gum leaf in the (very…) old series “Skippy” which I loved watching during my dad’s sabbatical in Australia when I was a little girl. And I have definite memories of trying it myself without much luck…

  2. Have you ever thought about writing an ebook or guest authoring on other sites? I have a blog centered on the same ideas you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my readers would enjoy your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e-mail.

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