Frame drums are portable, relatively inexpensive, very versatile, and can be played in situations where other drums are not feasable. Technically, frame drums are the musicologist's term for a class of percussion instruments constructed of a shallow cylindrical frame over which a skin is stretched and tacked in place, and may or may not have jingles. Some frame drums have mechanical tuning.
Frame drums are perhaps one of the earliest forms of drum made by many civilizations across the world, originating in the ancient Middle East, India, and Rome, and reaching medieval Europe through Islamic culture. Essentially, drums are a piece of animal skin stretched over a circular frame that has a depth less than the width of the head, or where the frame is half or less than the diameter of the head. Historically, larger frame drums have been played mainly by men in spiritual rituals, while medium size frame drums were played mainly by women. There are many types of frame drums, but three types we carry include deffs, pandeiros, and muzhars. Also see our frame drum accessories.
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