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Hello!  There is a specific rhythm pattern I keep hearing in several recordings I have of Arabic music - some belly dance music and some just percussion ensemble music.  This pattern is based on the Malfouf rhythm for three bars, and then tied off with a fourth bar modification.  So, the sequence would be:  D**T**T*, D**T**T*, D**T**T*, D*D*T***  with that fourth bar being very emphasized and dominant.

I hear this common rhythm as intros, outros, sometimes to transition from one main rhythm to another, etc., but I hear it ALOT!  And not just on the same CD from the same artist, it is pretty widespread.  Is this a commonly used sequence?  Is there a name for it?  Thanks.

Riq, Mazhar, bendir, Tar... Lover / Cooperman Handance Tars
« on: February 23, 2019, 07:08:40 AM »
Hello everyone!  I just wanted to give a shout-out about the Cooperman Handance line of Tars with a Ghaval added in the lineup.  Whenever I hear the name Cooperman in the hand drum realm, I immediately think very high quality instruments that also come with a higher (and rightly so) price tag.  So, Iíve been looking at the less expensive Tars from Meinl and Remo, when I stumbled upon the Cooperman Glen Velez Handance drums.  These are a more affordable version Tar in various sizes designed for newer comers to the hand drum that donít want to step up into their more expensive offerings.  I have not purchased one yet but I hope to do so in the near future.

So, if youíre looking for a midpriced instrument that is still handmade, these drums might be a good option.  Also wanted to say that I am not affiliated with Cooperman in any way.  I just think it might be a good product to share with those that might not know about them.

Riq, Mazhar, bendir, Tar... Lover / Daf, Bendir, and Tar... Oh my!!!
« on: February 07, 2019, 05:07:33 PM »
Sorry for the bad Wizard of Oz pun, but I couldnít resist :)

Anyway, I wanted to get a better knowledge regarding the frame drums and their role in an Arabic percussion small ensemble.  So, letís say that there is a lead darbuka player blazing out them solos along with the classic rhythms, and there is a classic Riq player adding some jingle and high end sizzle to the mix - of the three listed in the topic (Daf, Tar, Bendir), which would be the most go to frame drum to keep the basics of the rhythms going strong?  I mean, we have the Bendir with itís snare like buzz, the Daf with its jingly jingles, and the Tar with its dry and pure tones.  Which drum is more likely used when?  Is this something commonly decided by region?  Playerís and ensembleís choice?  I am wanting to invest in one these frame drums for the role of keeping the basic rhythm structure going, but I am a bit overwhelmed of the choices.

On another note, what if the trio was only a duo.  What percussion choices would be a good mix?  Letís say darbuka and _______?   Or, Riq and _______?  Or,.... _______ and _______?


Announcements / New members
« on: January 13, 2019, 05:16:04 PM »
Since Iíve joined the forums here Iíve noticed a lot of new members joining but not a lot of activity.  Iím thinking spam bots?.....

Darbuka Sound & Video Clips / Great video
« on: January 05, 2019, 05:45:40 PM »
If you have the time, I very much enjoyed watching this over a pint of double IPA -


Doumbek Advice, Tips Questions & Lessons / Training / Practice plan
« on: January 05, 2019, 03:51:17 PM »
Hello everyone!!  So, being very new in my darbuka journey, I have solely been working on getting a solid Doum, Tek, and ka.  I havenít 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!!

Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Darbuka newbie - *Mod: Buy a Darbuka
« on: December 27, 2018, 05:39:56 PM »
Hello all!  I just wanted to check in to say hello and see if this forum was still relatively active.  I am a new darbuka player (long time percussionist), hoping to find a community to learn from and share with.  Thanks!

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