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Buy & Sell Darbuka / Re: Should I buy this darbuka?
« on: October 29, 2015, 04:19:11 PM »
I used to play darbuka a lot. I would look for the following things:

Heavy, cast aluminum rather than a thin aluminum shell. For the price they're asking, this should be a heavy drum, with a shell as thick as pottery but made of cast aluminum. If it's a light, thin shell, the price is too high but the drum might still be perfectly fine. If it's cast aluminum, the price sounds pretty good, but it's been awhile since I bought a drum.

Cheaper drums are often flat, like the "Turkish darbuka" shown in the smaller images. Of course, plenty of people play the flat-head drums, and I did it for awhile, but I've seen plenty of bandaged fingers as well.

If the head is glued on, you're going to spend way more time than you might enjoy heating the thing with a blow dryer or setting it on a heating pad to tighten it up, and you won't have fine control over the evenness of the tightening.

Before you test the drum, you might look at one of the YouTube videos on playing Arabic style to see the hand movements required to make sure you're pulling out the best tones that the drum can provide. Then, when you test it, there should be a clear difference in tone between the center of the drum and the edge. If the drum is cast aluminum and the body is covered in possibly hideous fake leather, this is actually good, in my opinion. It gives you some traction and helps keep the drum in place.

That's about all I can think of right now. Have fun!

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Esteemed member,
I would like to perform neck Adjustment on an oud by making a slot at the neck joint and sticking a wedge.
I tried to find some related post but I couldn't.
I appreciate any help on this matter from those who have done that or have info on how to do it.
Or, if this issue was discussed, send me the link to it please.

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Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: What size will be best for my Darbuka?
« on: October 28, 2015, 03:25:47 PM »
In my opinion ceramic is better. Darbuka is my main instrument. There isn't one darbuka that is used for oud music in special. There are different size darbuka, They are categorized by a 4 screw a 6 screw and a 8 screw being the deepest sounding of all due to its volume. The most popular one is a 6 screw darbuka because it can be used as both bass beats and fast sharp filler portions. But a 4 screw is more suitable for the sharp fillers (QAssim) and the 8 screw is to make more bass.
Am not a pro... just a enthusiast.

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Hey guys, I want to try to transcribe some tunes, but never did it before. What is the best way to learn how to transcribe by using the proper notation? I have always been scared to try it or just to lazy to, but I figure this the best way to develop my phrasing more. When I listen to myself on tape, my phrasing still sounds sloppy and not very creative. So every good drummer or musician for that fact has transcribed in sometime of there development. Any helpful links or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: Do you only play your own drums?
« on: October 26, 2015, 04:57:00 PM »
Do I recommend the Max Method? Perhaps. It sure would make you pretty solid by the time you finally sat down at a drumset. Is that what I did? Nope. I may not have a band named after me, but I do okay. My point is, there are many ways to go about learning to play the drums, and they all involve getting a pair of sticks into your hands, and listening to music.

I have to say, I wish I had paid more attention to all that book learning in the beginning, but hey, within a year of starting to play, I had formed a band with two friends, and we were playing our favorite songs together regularly. We weren't all that good as a band, I admit, but I feel that it was the right way to learn for me. As in: Just get behind some drums and DO IT.

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