The ocean drum is held by the frame, with the heads horizontal, and played by rolling the wrists so the drum gently tilts in all directions. The metal beads inside roll over the bottom head like water rolling over the shore. Different speeds produce different sounds. Stopping and starting suddenly creates crashing wave sounds.
- Klöwer, Töm (1997). The joy of drumming: drums & percussion instruments from around the world. Binkey Kok Publications. p. 45. ISBN 9789074597319.
- Ott, Pamela (2011). Music for Special Kids: Musical Activities, Songs, Instruments and Resources. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. p. 103. ISBN 9781849058582.