PERCUSSION | Level 1 – BASIC
Frame Drums I: Technique & Repertoire
6 sessions - Self-paced
Handheld frame drums were popularly used in the music of the Middle Ages. Medieval sources record three different types: a round frame drum without jingles, a round frame drum with jingles inserted in its shell, and a frame drum of square shape. Professional and non-professional musicians utilized them to accompany vocal and instrumental dance and processional music. Fortunately, medieval sources provide us with crucial information about their practical use, playing technique, and performance practice which, when combined with other medieval theories of rhythm, can guide us towards a historically-informed way of playing and using the instruments.
In this course students will study:
The holding position of both round and square frame drums
Different types of strokes utilizing fingers, the palm, and the wrist
Rhythmic patterns based on the medieval rhythmic modes (trochaic and iambic)
How to mix and ornament rhythmic modes
How to accompany songs with those patterns
How to ornament a rhythmic pattern
DATES & DURATION
Sep 18, 2023 – Jan 15, 2024
6 sessions – Self-paced
1 credit ECTS: 360€
English - Spanish
Level 1 / Beginner
No experience is required. Student must have basic musical knowledge and be able to read modern music notation.
Any type of commercial or handcrafted frame drums can be used in this course. Please check with us.
Session 2 | Movement of the instrument – Use of the Fingers, Thumb, and Shake
Session 3 | Rhythmic Ornamentation – The Use of the Index Finger, the Hit, and the Tak Strokes
Session 4 | Square Frame Drums: Instrument Position, Basic Strokes
Session 5 | Ensemble Playing and Orchestration
Session 6 | Accompanying Vocal and Instrumental Compositions
This course will be comprised of:
- 6 virtual one-on-one lessons (1 hour each)
- Recorded introductory lecture or one group live Q&A session (30 min)
- 6 tutorial videos (10-15 minutes each)
- Downloadable materials and links to additional resources
Schedules and assignments:
- The class dates and times will be scheduled with the instructor.
- There will be some suggested deadlines to submit assignments.
- The student workload to take the lessons, review the materials and practice is approximately 4.25 hours per session.
- Students taking the course for credit must complete all assignments and class requirements.
- Broadband Internet connection / WIFI
- External or internal webcam
- External or internal microphone
- Speakers or headphones
- Possibility of printing downloaded materials
- Possibility of scanning your assignments
- Possibility of auto-recording (audio and video)
Places are limited for each section, so sign up early.