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It's actually the glue that holds the head in place, and not the ropes. The ropes do have an important role though: they hold the head tight and in place, as long as the glue is still wet and needs time to dry.

Actually, I think most darbukas have a good painting job done on the inside, which does help because the paint job gives it a enough smoothness that adds to the resonance of the instrument.

I'm no experts, but I'd like to bounce off a few ideas, if I can.
First, make sure you have an adjustable, flexible, ring, so you can use it for the form of your head. Use it to shape the sheet metal into a circle, use metal shears to cut everything and make sure it's really tight at the edges! This is important. Then just bend and shape your head material in place. Done :) Hope it helps!

Well... the first ones I can think about are the Ayub, Malfuf and Maqsum. I find them to be perfect for beginners, it's much easier to learn new rhythms once you master these!

Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: Our Mother of pearl doumbek
« on: March 23, 2015, 11:47:09 AM »
I actually love it that you guys have all these short videos with how each instrument sounds :)
What's the different between all these different types of darbukas though? Is it just the looks?

Ney, Kawala Lovers / Re: How difficult is it to play the ney?
« on: March 23, 2015, 11:44:29 AM »
It's not that difficult, I've tried it. Granted, I only tried it once and it didn't go all that well... but I did and the point it you should too. Learning how to play an instrument, whatever it is, is more of a subjective matter.

Frame Drum Sound & Videos / Frame drum lessons - video
« on: March 23, 2015, 11:36:21 AM »
.. or videos, I'm sure there are more.
I discovered this lady who, on Youtube, has some videos about how to play the frame drum.

This is one of them:

and I think it's worth sharing with everyone who loves these instruments. Enjoy you guys!

Frame Drum Sound & Videos / Making music with 'just' a frame drum
« on: March 23, 2015, 11:32:49 AM »
I was browsing youtube and stumbled upon this video:

It's old, I'll give you that :) But it's also kinda amazing!
Just watch it, I was amazed by the first minute, these people actually make music with "just" a frame drum! Nothing else.

If you can find a professional, I'd say go to him! On the other hand, if you have steady hands and trust yourself, I don't see why you can't look for some tutorials or ask around for advice on forums.

I think what proms is trying to say is that perfection doesn't exist. Of course you can tweak the tension to your liking, but there is no perfect method to tune your oud, to each their own!

Yep! I second BearHug's opinion. Keep practicing with a drone and you will get the hang of playing in tune in no time!

Oud Lovers / Re: How to choose the right oud for you?
« on: March 21, 2015, 04:39:16 AM »
I don't think there's a "recipe" for it.. I think you should just, I don't know.. listen to how it sounds, feel it in your hands and that's about it, right? And even this is difficult to do since most people I know buy these instruments online.

Introduce Yourself / Hello :)
« on: March 21, 2015, 04:37:25 AM »
Hi everyone :)
I've been lurking around the forums for the past 2 weeks.... so I just decided to join in the conversations! It's time I make friends with everyone here :)

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