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Hello all,

I have bought a Turkish oud. Very well made instruments. However I'm finding that the strings have very low tension as a result of the tuned down to Arabic scale. How do I solve this problem? is there a specific type of strings that I should be looking for? this is causing all the strings to buzz and this is natural if the tension is low.

I appreciate you answers. thanks all.  8)

Buy & Sell Darbuka / Re: Looking for a pro quality doumbek....
« on: October 30, 2015, 07:13:56 PM »
One of the best is a Kevork doumbek. It is tough to order one since the guy is in Lebanon, but he does have an email address.I don't have the link readily available but will post it if I find it. Otherwise, you can do the leg work. If you like the doumbek, you might also like frame drums.
I have some confusion  :( over what is a doumbek and a darbouka. In the Middle East, a darbouka has the lugs on the outside. A doumbek has internal lugs and more of a curved rim. I prefer playing the doumbek because of the ease of getting nice slaps from the curved rim and the generally more fuller sound.

Buy & Sell Darbuka / Should I buy this darbuka?
« on: October 29, 2015, 04:03:26 PM »
I found a used darbuka and have been wanting to pick up a hand drum for a while. It's 12" wide and 18" tall according to the ad, and the current owner says he thinks it is made out of aluminum. It has a sticker on it that says "World Beat Percussion" out of Pakistan, and he wants $100 for it, which I can afford. How can I know whether this a good drum at a good price? What am I looking for?

I'm finding aluminum darbukas online for between $100 and $200 which leads me to believe there is a wide variance in the quality of aluminum darbukas. What should I be looking for when I try it out? I'll be looking at it on Monday evening.

I have a pretty good ear for tone when I know what I'm listening for, and virtually no experience playing a hand drum. Any advice you can give would be appreciated.

Thank you!

Hello fellow drummers,

About two months ago I decided I would try to spend 1-2 hours a day practicing in an effort to improve my drum playing. I would consider myself an intermediate level drummer and I have mainly been looking to improve syncopation, build better limb independence and work on my dynamics.

Unfortunately, I recently moved and for the sake of my neighbors, I can no longer play on my acoustic drum set.

Currently I have been using a pillow to practice rudiments and build hand speed and while I am sure this is partly beneficial, I was hoping for a more permanent solution.

The two main solutions I have considered are either purchasing an electric drum set or getting remo ‘silent stroke’ drumheads and equivalent cymbals.

Before I go out and buy something, I was wondering what these forums thought would be the most beneficial solution--I am open to any an all ideas.

Thanks in advance!

It is entirely possible to for a factory oud to equal or surpass a luthier oud in some ways, but in general luthier-built ouds are of higher quality.  These are not always clear distinctions, since a small factory may operate under the guidance and supervision of a master luthier.  Often a factory will attach a name to their ouds to give the false impression that they are luthier-built.

Easy: test yourself. Transcribe some drum parts yourself, then check them against a professional transcription. Rush songs are pretty well documented, and challenging enough.

If you pick up five different books, you'll see five slightly different notations. Pick one that you find to be the most intuitive, and stick with it for a while.

Definitely take your time and make it look pretty. No sense writing something no one can read. Draw filled-in ovals for note heads, and connect upward beams on the right side of the oval, and downward beams from the left side.

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