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Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: Knowledge regarding Darbuka !
« on: December 17, 2015, 11:08:30 AM » has announced the Standard Structure of the Darbuka. Take look at that.

Darbuka drum has a simplistic structure with conical shape and with a nearly circular head. However, the structure of darbuka drum can be different depending on its geographical locations, origins etc. The influence of western pop and hip-hop music has influenced the Musical culture of Middle East and it has resulted in changing its shapes and structure to some extent. It has got an all-new modern look with shinning interface. In addiction to this, some subtle changes have also introduced for improving the sound quality of Darbuka Drum. However, these subtle changes in the structure of Darbuka Drum can have either positive or negative effects or have both. Therefore, if you want to attain mastery in darbuka drum, you need to have fair knowledge about its standard structure.

Oud Lovers / Re: Oud to choose!
« on: December 17, 2015, 11:05:51 AM »
Hi, great to see your interest in Ouds. The first step that one must take in order to enter the world of the Oud is to decide which type of Oud he or she wants to wield. It is your weapon, it is your staff, it is your wand. The sound it makes creates your identity as an Oud player. Are you the sound of the desert sand dunes? Or are you the sound of charging horses galloping across green steppes? These are the many colours and flavours of the Oud which you can achieve. There are many choices to choose from. The Oud has evolved over many thousands of years, and it took sometime before even I could understand the differences between different types of Ouds. Below is a general outline of the types of Ouds by region and style. This information will give you what it took me years to discover.

Oud master (Maestro Barhum) will teach you how to play the oud. This lesson will be good for a beginner players and will contain the following subjects: Holding the oud and the plectrum (the "Reesha"), The numbers and names of the chords, Holding the oud's neck with the left hand, Stretching the oud's strings to the keys, Names of the musical scales and playing the chords up to the first octave, Tuning the oud's chords (duzan), Playing the chords up to the middle of the third octave, Explaining the Ajam scale (major) and the way to play it, Explaining the Ajam scale (major) and the way to play it, Explaining the Nahawand scale (minor) and the way to play it, Exercises.
Take a look at that deeply..

Advice, Tips and Questions Regarding the Oud / Re: Need an answer !
« on: December 16, 2015, 10:55:02 AM »
Hi thanks for a great question. The Oud is an ancient musical instrument with a long and rich history; one that stretches back many, many centuries and extends beyond the Middle-Eastern world from which it originates.  This distinctive sounding stringed instrument has more recently been experiencing a rise in popularity – and in places around the world, especially the West.  No doubt, the Oud’s rich tonal character and exotic sound have enchanted the growing number of musicians who are discovering ways to incorporate its melodic potential into today’s diverse genres of ethnic, fusion, and other “world” music.

You may use ceramic Doumbek. Ceramic doumbeks produce beautiful tones.  They are a little warmer in timbre than many metal doumbek and are as easy to play as the above mentioned drums.  However, ceramic doumbeks are fragile and thus, are much less durable than any metal doumbek.  If you travel with the ceramic drum, then a padded bag is needed.   For a first doumbek I would NOT recommend a ceramic drum since it is more fragile and less versatile than the metal drums.  After you get your first metal doumbek, and if you enjoy playing, then I would recommend a ceramic drum for it's beautiful, warm tone and physical appearance.

Thank you.

Hi, You have a great question. Buying The Darbuka from a known maker, who is well versed with its aesthetic qualities and its importance, can help you a lot in your quest. None but an experienced darbuka maker would be able to give it a proper shape. This is why you should treat this issue carefully.
For example, the darbukas that are crafted in the hands of Gawharet El Fan have their own specialties that you would never find in any other darbuka. But before buying that particular darbuka, you should check the signature that is engraved in them for helping you to distinguish them. Make sure that the signature is a real one and not a fake. You can find these darbukas in without making a diligent search.

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