WalkaBlog

  • The WalkaBout Drum is covered by two U.S. patents—so far. You may ask, what exactly does that mean? I’m glad you asked! We learned a lot in the process of applying—and receiving—these two patents. Here’s a quick overview of our patent journey. Basically, a patent......

  • We’ve heard it referred to as a guitar drum or a strap-worn cajon. Where does the WalkaBout name come from? What’s behind the name? WalkaBout was not the first name choice. For a year, co-inventors, Manuel and Bob called it a Tabre or Taber or something else......

  • When people see the WalkaBout for the first time,  the second thing that strikes them is the shape of the sound hole. (The first thing is, of course, the fact that it looks like a guitar with the neck chopped off.) Believe it or not,......

  • Lessons Learned From A Musical Instrument Start-Up Company. This is the fourth in a series of five blog posts reflecting on the beginning years of INNOVA Music, the parent company which produces the WalkaBout Drum. Our CEO, Andrew Kilpatrick, reflects on the last two years......

  • by Bob Kilpatrick The WalkaBout Drum has changed the way percussionists relate to the sound system in some pretty cool ways. You don’t have to set up a microphone and stand still in front of it to be heard. You can jump, dance, and groove......

  • Lessons Learned From A Musical Instrument Start-Up Company. This is the third in a series of five blog posts reflecting on the beginning years of INNOVA Music, the parent company which produces the WalkaBout Drum. From developing and patenting a brand new musical instrument, to......

  • Lessons Learned From A Musical Instrument Start-Up Company. As we begin our third year as a company, there’s a lot to reflect on. From developing a brand new instrument, to starting a company, to introducing the WalkaBout Drum to the world, it’s been a wild......

  • Lessons Learned From A Musical Instrument Start-Up Company. INNOVA Music is beginning our third year as a company, and a lot has happened. We’ve released two WalkaBout Drum models, won a NAMM Best in Show, been granted multiple patents, and made a lot of music.......

  • Occasionally, we’ll be highlighting some of the amazing musicians who are beginning to incorporate the WalkaBout into their musical arsenals. Today, we’re excited to have Nashville session/touring musician, John Hammond, with us. WalkaBlog: Tell us a little about yourself. I began my professional music career......

  • One of the innovations unique to the WalkaBout Drum is the ability to change out sounds using what we call “SounDots.” SounDots quickly attach to the WalkaBout and provide alternative sounds to the instrument. For example, the SounDot Snare, which comes standard with each WalkaBout,......

  • One of the questions frequently asked about the WalkaBout Drum is, “why is it shaped like a guitar?” Great question, and there are a number of reasons why. The first is ergonomics. There’s something that just feels right about the shape of a guitar against......

  • The WalkaBout Drum is certainly a unique instrument—but it’s a versatile one too. Here are seven places that your WalkaBout will absolutely shine. 1. Open Mic Venues. Sitting in with a friend playing an open mic night? The WalkaBout drum plugs in and sounds great......