When I heard the heater click on in my house today, I knew it was finally time to play my Eckerman frame drum. You see, this particular drum has a calfskin head and during the more humid months of the year, the head loosens so much that the drum is practically unplayable. Now, with the air crisp and dry, and my furnace cranking out some heat, the drum has naturally tightened up to its optimal tuning range.

Eckerman Frame Drum 300x225 Framed!
Eckerman Frame Drum


For today’s loop, I used a brush-in-the-left-hand technique that I learned while studying with Jamey Haddad. This allows me to achieve a high pitched, snare-like effect with one hand while pulling out the lower bass frequencies with the other. This groove is a pretty straight forward 4/4 pulse but I also recorded a bunch of South Indian inspired beats for The World Percussion collection.  Ta Di Gi Na Thom anyone?

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99 BPM

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September 28, 2013 by Ryan Gruss
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FBMc said:

Bhangra! (85 – 90 bpm…the heavier the better…very cool)


Chris said:

There’s an idea – how about a library featuring the great Jamey Haddad?!

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