In this section you find information about some of the different instruments David plays. Frame Drums, Cajon, Riq and Udu. Click on the heading for a complete article with videos.

Frame Drum

The frame drum exist in many different sizes and shapes. Some of them have special features, like a snare or different thumbholes or cutouts. Frame Drums with jingles by definition are called Tambourines. Click here to go to the Frame Drum page.


A simple wooden box played as a drum, that’s how it started. Nowadays there is a wide variety of makers and models and the cajon is popular in Flamenco, South-American, and Pop Music. Click here to go to the Cajon page.


The Riq is the tambourin of the Middle-Eastern Music tradition. Five double pairs of jingles in the frame with a fish skin or plastic skin. Check out the Riq page.


The Udu drum is made of clay and comes in different shapes. Original from Nigeria, the name Udu means “pot” in the language of the Igbo.

PanArt Hang and Handpans

The Hang, sometimes referred to as “Hang Drum” (a definition not supported by PanArt) was invented in Switzerland in 2000. Other instruments were created, inspired by the original hang, and the instrument family of handpans was born. Check out more info on the Handpan page.

About David

my name is David Kuckhermann. Welcome to my website. You can find lots of free tutorials and videos, and information about frame drums, cajon, Udu, Hang and other hand percussion, my different projects, my label and series of instructional DVDs. Make sure to check out the frame drum video podcast which features amazing percussionists from all over the world who share their music. I hope you have a good time here.

Upcoming Events

DVD Testimonials

for David's DVDs on Frame Drums, Riq and Cajon

"The best instructional video I have ever seen" - Haruhi Taniguchi

“…fantastically put together and a must for anyone starting out on the frame drum. The slow motion clips are perfect for people to analyse the techniques and get the correct technique happening.” – Pete Lockett

“I’m stunned! The quality of the teaching and the product is just amazing.” – Paul Marshall

“This is in my opinion the most complete work around this unique and magic tambourine for intermediate and advanced players” – Andrea Piccioni

"In short, a modern approach to a traditional Middle Eastern instrument. Absolutely fantastic, inspiring and recommended!" - Fabian Feld