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Doumbek / Darbuka => Doumbek Advice, Tips Questions & Lessons => Topic started by: david on August 25, 2017, 05:58:13 AM

Title: help with my new darbuka !! (Hitting the rim)
Post by: david on August 25, 2017, 05:58:13 AM
Hello,

I finally got my first darbuka last week, in a little store in the Jerusalem market
(I know it's not the best place to find a good one, but I thought I'd find an OK one for a good price...)
So I started listening to classes on Youtube, but I got a problem very fast:
Here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBCVttLHIO0 for example, I guess his left hand hits the rim with fingers 4-5 and the back of the 1... but when I do it, the sound isn't quite  as powerful, and we barely hear it! 
Is there a technique that I didn't get?
Could it be a problem with my rim that would be too thick? Or do I just have to change a little bit the screws maybe??

thanks for your help !
Title: Re: help with my new darbuka !!
Post by: dHuGo on August 29, 2017, 06:11:45 AM
Hi david, you're welcome. - Don't worry, you need at least some weeks of training to get clear sounds. And you may improve your skills by years..!

Let's look your drum first: It maybe staying untuned coming from bazaar only. To proof the state of the skin, slightly press in it's middle with one fingertip or thumb.
Look the reaction: If whole skin sags, it is too weak, otherwise you'd see some hollow around your finger, while skin actually stays streched up to the edge!

Please read my tuning advice! (http://forum.arabinstruments.com/doumbek-advice-tips-questions-lessons/two-quick-questions/msg3460/#msg3460)
Title: Re: help with my new darbuka !! (Hitting the rim)
Post by: dHuGo on August 29, 2017, 06:40:30 AM
Next, how to learn the sounds:

So, I'm looking forward, you'll become a great drummer!
See you...