Playing the Frame Drum (eBook+Online Audio)
30390BCDEB
This book and accompanying audio show you how to play the frame drum using your fingers and hand surfaces. The method uses text, photographs, and the audio examples to demonstrate the various strokes and rhythms. Three ways of looking at rhythms are presented: Middle Eastern, Western and Balkan, with over 160 demonstrated rhythms.
Product Number:
30390BCDEB
Format:
eBook+Online Audio
Skill Level:
Intermediate-Advanced
Notation Type:
Standard Notation
Pages:
56
Binding:
eBook
ISBN:
1-6191-1451-8
ISBN13:
978-16191-1451-7
Publisher:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published:
1/14/2014
This book and accompanying audio show you how to play the frame drum using your fingers and hand surfaces. The method uses text, photographs, and the audio examples to demonstrate the various strokes and rhythms. Three ways of looking at rhythms are presented: Middle Eastern, Western and Balkan, with over 160 demonstrated rhythms.

Table of Contents

Preliminaries ................................................................................................................................4

What is a Frame Drum?.........................................................................................................4

Playing Frame Drums............................................................................................................4

A Note To Left-Handed Players ............................................................................................4

Holding the Drum ........................................................................................................................5

Basic Right-Hand Strokes..............................................................................................................5

Thumb Stroke.......................................................................................................................5

Notation................................................................................................................................8

Ring Finger Stroke ................................................................................................................8

More Notation .....................................................................................................................10

Alternating Strokes..............................................................................................................10

Full Hand Stroke .................................................................................................................13

More Notation .....................................................................................................................14

Stroke Combinations ...........................................................................................................14

Basic Left Hand Stroke................................................................................................................15

A Word of Encouragement ..................................................................................................15

Getting into Position............................................................................................................15

Ring Finger Stroke ..............................................................................................................17

More Notation .....................................................................................................................18

Multiple Strokes per Rectangle....................................................................................................18

Middle Eastern Rhythms..............................................................................................................19

A Bit About Middle Eastern Rhythms.................................................................................19

Masmudi..............................................................................................................................20

More Notation .....................................................................................................................20

Representing the Absence of a Stroke.................................................................................21

More on Middle Eastern Rhythm Cycles.....................................................................................22

Dum, Tek, and Ka................................................................................................................22

Names of Rhythms ..............................................................................................................22

3

Western Music Theory .................................................................................................................29

Beats and Measures.............................................................................................................29

Notes and Rests ...................................................................................................................30

Quarter Notes and Quarter Rests.........................................................................................30

Tempo..................................................................................................................................30

Divisions of the Beat ...........................................................................................................30

Syncopation.........................................................................................................................31

Longer Rhythms..................................................................................................................31

Eight-Measure Rhythm Patterns .........................................................................................32

Syncopated Rhythms...........................................................................................................32

Stroke Combinations....................................................................................................................34

The mr Combination ...........................................................................................................34

Tmr, Rmr, and Fmr Combinations ......................................................................................37

Tmr+, Rmr+, and Fmr+ Combinations ...............................................................................37

The RI Combination............................................................................................................38

The RIr Combination ..........................................................................................................42

The RIr+ Combination ........................................................................................................43

The RImr Combination .......................................................................................................43

The UL Combination...........................................................................................................44

More on Syncopation...................................................................................................................47

Simultaneous Strokes...................................................................................................................49

Three Beats Per Measure .............................................................................................................50

Quarter Notes ......................................................................................................................50

Odd Rhythms ................................................................................................................................51

Fives ....................................................................................................................................52

Sevens..................................................................................................................................52

The End........................................................................................................................................55

 
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