Frame drum

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Frame drum
Bendir.jpg
The bendir, a frame drum from North Africa
Hornbostel–Sachs classification 211.3
(Membranophone)
Musicians

A frame drum is a drum that has a drumhead width greater than its depth. Usually the single drumhead is made of rawhide or man-made materials. Shells are traditionally constructed of bent wood (rosewood, oak, ash etc.) scarf jointed together; plywood and man-made materials are also used. Some frame drums have mechanical tuning and on many the drumhead is stretched and tacked in place. It is the earliest skin drum known to have existed. Examples are found in many places and cultures. It has been suggested[1] that they were also used to winnow grain.

The frame drum is one of the most ancient musical instruments; it is reputed to be the first drum to be invented. Frame drums are often constructed with a round, wooden frame. Metal rings or jingles may also be attached to the frame. Larger frame drums are played mainly by men in spiritual ceremonies; medium-size drums are played mainly by women.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Edwards, Bela. Music of the Hebrews. The Biblical Repository and Quarterly Observer. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 

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