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bsfloyd:
Hello everyone!!  So, being very new in my darbuka journey, I have solely been working on getting a solid Doum, Tek, and ka.  I haven’t really been following any classic rhythms, just creating my own slowly and focusing on my tonal output.  Now, much more comfortable with my timbre, it is time to move forward.

I am looking for advice on a practice regimen and I think I have two theories.  I am thinking of starting out with three classic rhythms - however I am wondering if it would be best to start with three rhythms of one time signature (be it 2/4, 4/4, 6/8, etc.), or start with a mix of three.  I am feeling the latter, perhaps the most three commonly used rhythms and build from there once those three are glued in my muscle memory, and then add an additional rhythm each time to keep moving forward.   However, I wanted to get some insight from the much more experienced players here on what you all found to work best for you in your learnings.

Much appreciated for any advice!!

dHuGo:
After about five years of  struggle I may tell you that you cannot avoid all this Maqsoum/Baladi stuff. - You can find it through the genres and it seems to me even that should be THE starter pack for all drumming children in eastern world.

Note the basics:

|DT-TD-T-| called "Maqsoum" (مقسوم literally "Divided") is the Arabian Funk.
|DD-TD-T-| commonly known as "Baladi" (بلدي "Balad" means "Countryside" or "Homeland"), but actually this pattern belongs to the "Masmoudi saghir" (مصمودي صغير "Small from Masmouda", what is a place in Morocco, between Tanger and Fez - often you find a pattern called after a town or region)

Those patterns are all 4/4 and you may find a lot of related styles, i.e.:

|DT-DD-T-| Saidi (صعيدي from Port Said)
|TD-TD-T-| Katakufti (كتاكفتي - I have no idea) what is a typical base for Dabke dances.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumbek_rhythms

You may find all it's the same rhythms, but those styles differ in melody, speed and accordingly in variations, ornamentations and fills too. - There is a wide range of interpretations within, so I cannot explain it to the end. All depends of that guys you may find to play with...

dHuGo:
For some good instructions to start on:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqGdXZpmhZrw1FkmhxeqCgdBb2u7D6PjT

bsfloyd:
Hello dHuGo - thank you for the links!  I added the Iqa’ index to my bookmarks (I have very many so far:)).  These will be very handy.  I think we need to edit and add more content to that Wiki page.  I tend to always check Wiki when researching any kind of information.  When I checked this Wiki page I was a bit let down by the lack of content.  I think the right people could really do wonders for this page.

So yes, I wondered about that overlap in similarities between the various rhythms and was curious.  I did not take into consideration the actual music being played to the rhythms.  And now I see, just as in pop music, the same rhythm or drum beat carries over to different styles of pop music.  Certainly why not middle eastern music as well.  I’m curious, is there ever a time when the rhythms Maqsum and Beledi would be played in the same sitting?  Alternating the Doums and Teks?

Yes, Karol’s videos were the very first I came across when I first got my darbuka!  I learned my basic tones and starting techniques from them.  I am certainly going to watch his advanced videos when I feel I am ready.  I know I need to learn how to walk before I can run ;)

dHuGo:
 :) ;)


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