In the second video of learning to play the Lambeg drum, Craig Sloan demonstrates a ‘single time’ tune, often used alongside fifing tunes. The tune is broken down into different sections so viewers can follow along easily at home.
Drums are played using traditional patterns or rhythms called ‘time drumming’. These are rarely notated. Instead, they are learned and passed down through generations aurally. Many of the rhythms (or ‘times’) are unique to specific areas of Ulster and are named after the area they are found; for example, a ‘Kellswater time’ (County Antrim) and ‘Tandragee time’ (County Armagh).
‘Learning to Play the Lambeg Drum (Part 2)’ is the final instalment in the Ulster-Scots Music Traditions series which looks at the history and culture of the Lambeg Drum and Fife. The series is produced by Third Street Studios in partnership with the Ulster-Scots Agency, and with support from Northern Ireland Screen’s Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund.