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Frame Drum 101: Beginner Level Comprehensive Video Training Program (2018)

Your Step-by Step Roadmap to Become a Skilled, Confident & Creative Frame Drummer!


EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF DRUMMING!
Join us for our 2018 Summer Session - Registration opens May 25 AND our Summer Session starts on June 24, 2018!
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MODULE 1 - FREE HAND STYLE

LESSONS SERIES #1
  • TOPIC: Basic Free Hand Style Playing Strokes
  • VIDEOS: 6 Videos in this Module.
LESSON SERIES #2
  • TOPIC : The Persian Reiss Roll & Practice Rhythms
  • VIDEOS: 5 Videos in this Module.
LESSON SERIES #3
  • TOPIC : 8 Beat Finger Roll Patterns & Practice Rhythms
  • VIDEOS: 5 Videos in this Module.

MODULE #2- LAP STYLE FRAME DRUMMING

LESSON SERIES #4
  • TOPIC : Basic Playing Strokes & Practice Rhythms
  • VIDEOS: 8 Videos in this Module
LESSON SERIES #5
  • TOPIC: Single and Double Snaps & Practice Rhythms
  • VIDEOS: 7 Videos in this Module.
LESSON SERIES #6
  • TOPIC: The 4 Finger "Jazz" Roll & Practice Rhythms in 5 Beat Time Cycle
  • VIDEOS: 9 Videos in this Module

MODULE 3: UPRIGHT STYLE FRAME DRUMMING

LESSON SERIES #7:
  • TOPIC: Basic Upright Playing Strokes & Practice Rhythms.
  • VIDEOS: 8 Videos in this Module
LESSON SERIES #8
  • TOPIC: The Alternate Pa & Practice Rhythms
  • VIDEOS: 8 Videos in this Module.
LESSON SERIES #9
  • TOPIC: The Jazz Roll & Single Snap Technique & Practice Rhythm
  • VIDEOS: 9 Videos in this Module.

MODULE 4: SOLKATTU, IMPROVISATION & INDIAN RHYTHM THEORY

LESSON SERIES #10
  • TOPIC: Introduction to Solkattu and Improvising in 4-Beat Time Cycle
  • VIDEOS: 8 Videos in this Module
LESSON SERIES #11
  • TOPIC : Improvising in 5-Beat Time Cycle
  • VIDEOS: 8 Videos in this Module
LESSON SERIES #12
  • TOPIC : Improvising in 7-Beat Time Cycle
  • VIDEOS: 8 Videos in this Module

BONUS MODULE #1

LESSON SERIES #12
  • TOPIC: 6 Beat Finger Rolls in Free Hand Style
  • VIDEOS: 4 Videos in this Module

BONUS MODULE #2

LESSON SERIES #13
  • TOPIC : DRUMMING ESSENTIALS
  • VIDEOS: 4 Videos in this Module

BONUS MODULE #3

LESSON SERIES #14
  • TOPIC: MYSTERY TOPIC
  • VIDEOS: 4 Videos in this Module.

EVERYONE IS BORN A DRUMMER!

  • Do you Hear the Call to DRUM?
  • Desire for less Stress, and MORE Creativity, Passion and Joy in your Life?
  • Looking for a Healthy “Addiction” to Nourish your Spirit?
  • Wish to Drum in your Community and/or Professional Work?

With over two decades of teaching experience, I have supreme confidence that EVERYONE can drum!

Why? When we are in the womb, each one of us is incubated with the sound of our mother's heartbeat. We are inherently connected to rhythm. It is our birthright.

IS THIS PROGRAM RIGHT FOR ME?

Frame Drum 101 is my signature Premium Training Membership program featuring a vast library of over 175 instructional videos, live Q&A classes and private lessons.

I WILL GUIDE YOU FROM START TO FINISH TO BE AN INSPIRED, CREATIVE & SKILLFUL FRAME DRUMMER!

Designed for both the absolute beginner frame drum student, or a student with basic to moderate playing experience, this program covers both the fundamental playing strokes and key extended techniques for each frame drum playing style (lap, upright, free-hand), as well as musicianship skills, and basic South Indian Solkattu, Indian rhythm theory and improvisation techniques.

This is NOT your Basic Drumming Program.
It is a Dynamic, Comprehensive and Fun Rhythmic Exploration.

The first lessons in each module cover the basic playing strokes. Once these basic strokes are learned, we begin to explore the fascinating world of extended techniques, improvisation, meters and mesmerizing, mystical rhythms. (full course outline below).

THE INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS ARE YOURS TO KEEP FOR LIFE!

Having completed this program, you will have the confidence and skill to drum, with ease and joy, in various meters and playing styles. Now, doesn't that sound good?!?

IS FRAME DRUM 101 A GOOD FIT FOR MY PLAYING LEVEL?

If you are unsure whether you belong in Frame Drum 101 or Frame Drum 202, please:

  1. Review the course curriculum below. If you DO NOT know most of the topics, it is suggested you take Frame Drum 101. Why? Frame Drum 202 builds upon techniques covered in Frame Drum 101. It is VERY important to a have competence in the topics covered in Frame drum 101 before graduating to the next level.
  2. If you need any further help deciding which program is best for you, please contact Marla.

ARE YOU A TOTAL FRAME DRUM LOVER?

Is Frame Drumming a deep passion of yours? Want to learn as much as possible?
You can purchase the Frame Drum 101 & Frame Drum 202 Bundled Course Package at a super discounted rate!

"The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful" - Plato


GRADUATES OF THE FRAME DRUM 101 PROGRAM WILL:

  • Gain confidence and the tools necessary for sharing your drumming passion out in the world, in various applications, such as: leading a Drum Circle, drumming in your professional coaching/healing practice, playing in an ensemble, drumming for sound healing, composing music or simply for your own personal practice and enjoyment.
  • Develop a strong personal drumming practice routine that will help nourish you both musically and spiritually.
  • Gain a clear and solid foundation of how to play the frame drum in the three distinct styles (Lap, Free-Hand and Upright), as well as the basics of Indian music theory and improvising.
  • Learn how to play in solid, steady time through falling in love your with your metronome practice.
  • Music Skills 101 - Learn how to understand such musical concepts as meters, time cycles, counting and notation.
  • Everyone is a composer! Experience writing your OWN rhythms and drum~ songs!
  • Learn Frame Drum Basic Care (tuning, size/pitch relations, etc.).

WHY PLAY THE FRAME DRUM?

History shows us that the frame drum started as a women's drumming tradition in ancient cultures worldwide. Shamans and high priestesses drummed for rituals, sacred rites of passages and to help induce altered states of consciousness.

In today's society, both men and women commonly play the frame drum. It is a great accompaniment for chanting, belly dancing, drum circles, personal healing and sound therapy AND it is commonly used in folk, world & rock musics.


SOME OF THE MANY BENEFITS OF DRUMMING ARE:

  • Drumming improves the aerobic and cardiovascular systems.
  • Drumming strengthens the immune system.
  • Drumming reverses the ravages of stress at the cellular level.
  • Drumming reduces anxiety and depression.
  • Drumming is a wonderful tool for meditation and an excellent means to access high realms of consciousness.
  • Drumming is the "happy" drug - it reduces negativity!
  • Drumming puts you in the present moment, demanding a focused one-point attention.
  • Drumming produces synchronized brain wave activity, - like "fish oils" for the brain - it helps keeps the brain awake and alive.
  • Through entertainment, drumming induces a natural altered state of consciousness, putting you in deeply meditative, relaxed "theta" state.

(Read Marla’s Article on the Health Benefits of Drumming)

 

“I consider Marla to be the one of the very top percussion performers in the US of today. She is well known in the percussion community for her performance virtuosity and artful skill with hand drums”

Glen Velez, 4 Time Grammy Winning Percussionist, Marla's Mentor

SCENES FROM THE INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS

SCENES FROM OUR LIVE Q&A CALLS

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • ANYTIME Access to a vast library of over 175 educational videos. These videos will guide you from start to finish on how to be a creative, confident and skillful frame drummer.
  • BONUS MODULES will ensure that you learn all you can about this incredible art form.
  • FOUR MONTHS OF GUIDED INSTRUCTION (Program starts February 6, 2017 and ends on May 28, 2017).

YOU HAVE LIFETIME AXCESS TO VIDEOS!


MODULE LAYOUT

  • MODULE 1 - Free Hand Style Frame Drumming
  • MODULE 2 - Lap Style Frame Drumming
  • MODULE 3 - Upright Style Frame Drumming
  • MODULE 4 - The Art of Improvisation, Solkattu and Indian Rhythm Theory.

WHATS INCLUDED IN EACH MODULE:

VIDEO DOWNLOADS:
  • Videos are yours to keep for LIFETIME!
  • There are Four Modules Included and each module is One Month long
  • There are Three Video download series in EACH Module.
  • Every Video download Series has between 6 -15 Videos.
  • Video downloads will be shared on this website on the specific dates mentioned in the "Video Schedule" below.
LIVE Q&A CALLS:
  • Have Questions? Great! There is one Live Q&A Call per module (total 4 calls per program).
  • All the Live Q&A Calls will be recorded.
  • If you cannot make the Live Q&A calls and have questions, you can email them to Marla and they will be answered during the Calls.
  • To achieve the best results for learning, it is recommended that you follow the video sequence (see "video schedule" below) and join as many Live Q&A Calls as you can or watch the Live Q&A recordings if you can not attend the Live Q&A Calls.
MARLA'S PRIVATE STUDENT FACEBOOK GROUP:
  • You will have access to Marla's private student Facebook group.
  • This facebook group is a SUPPORTIVE online community where you can meet like-minded drumming friends from around the world, share ideas, questions and offer feedback.
 

With her background and dedication, Marla is well positioned to make a significant contribution to world music in general, and frame drumming in particular"

John Bergamo, Marla’s Mentor, Percussion Director Calarts

Class Curriculum


  Lesson Series # 3- Free Hand Style - 8 Beat Finger Roll Paterns with Rhythms & Chanting!
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“Marla is world -renowned and has taught students worldwide through workshops, retreats and also online. A talented artist, she is anchored in beauty, love, and devotion! I highly recommend her.”

Christine Stevens, author, Music Medicine, The Healing Drum Kit

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Your Instructor


Marla Leigh
Marla Leigh
Marla Leigh Goldstein is a Grammy-nominated Percussionist and Flautist. She is one of the few female frame drum specialists in the world.

Marla is an internationally recognized educator and performer who has presented throughout the USA, Canada and Europe. She carries the gift of being an inspiring and energetic educator, and soulful, charismatic performer. Marla offers online learning programs, as well as workshops, retreats and clinics and concerts world wide.

Marla endorses Cooperman Frame Drums and has collaborated with them to create an Artist Innovation Series Drum - "The Marla Tar". She is also CEO of Frame Drum Online Academy, and online resource for learning frame drumming.

As a passionate and dedicated composer, Marla's original music has been featured in movies, commercials, and healing arts media products. She is currently working on writing music for her debut world music meditation album.

Marla's Training Includes:
  • Bachelor of Fine Art in Music from California Institute of the Arts
  • Master of Fine Art in Percussion from California Institute of the Arts
  • Percusison Teachers: John Bergamo, Glen Velez, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Poovlar Srinivasaan, Alfred Ladzekpo, Kobla Ladzekpo, Randy Gloss and Layne Redmond.


Gratitude to Marla's Drum Teachers!
(From L to R: John Bergamo, Glen Velez, Pandit Swapan Chadhuri, Poovalur Srinivasaan, Randy Gloss, Layne Redmond)


This course is not open for enrollment.

FRAME DRUM SIZE RECOMMENDATION &
COOPERMAN SPONSORSHIP

If you were to have only one drum for this program, Marla recommends a 16" drum. This is a perfect size for playing in the various playing styles.

Other sizes will be fine for the program, but your hands may hurt if your playing a bigger diameter drum in the upright style (20"-22"), and the sound will be as resonant if you play a smaller drum in the lap free hand styles!

Here are the suggested drum sizes and playing styles:.

  • 14"-16" " Drums - Upright Style.
  • 16"-22" Drums - Lap and Free Hand Styles.

Cooperman Drums is our sponsor for this program. Of course, its not essential you play a Cooperman drum for the program, but they are the recommended drums to play! All students enrolled in this program can receive 10% off any frame drum from Cooperman Drum Company (Thank you Cooperman).

Marla is in endorsed artist with Cooperman and has collaborated with them to create a Artist Innovative Series drum called The Marla Tar. You can visit Marla's suggested drums for this program at this link. In the welcome email for the program, you will receive the discount code for purchasing a Cooperman Drum at 10% off.

Other brands of frame drums are fine for this program too.
(ie Remo, Meinl).


QUESTIONS?


Please view our "FAQ" page.
Thank you.

A PERSONAL LETTER FROM MARLA

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