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Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Mid-East drums
« on: May 19, 2019, 07:24:09 AM »
Hello gang!  Apologies for my absence, though I have still been drumming away!

I am considering purchasing one of these Mid-East drums and wanted to get opinions on them first:

I know very little about the company - are these good quality, reputable instruments?

Thanks and drum on!!

Doumbek Advice, Tips Questions & Lessons / Re: Fish Skin
« on: May 12, 2019, 06:42:16 AM »
Great find!!

Announcements / Re: New members
« on: April 22, 2019, 05:51:51 PM »
Just what I was looking for!!!! Not...

Ney, Kawala Lovers / Re: Fingering of Glmcan
« on: April 17, 2019, 05:33:22 PM »
Ah yes, the pan flute!!  Lovely sound :)

Ney, Kawala Lovers / Re: Fingering of Glmcan
« on: April 15, 2019, 04:12:43 PM »
Hello Mafra and welcome to the forum!!  I do not play the Ney but it is on my list of instruments to start.  I do play the shakuhachi, xiao, and various Native American style rim blown flutes so I am aware of the rim blown style.  I always wondered if the end cap on Ney flutes made it easier or more difficult to play in regards to rim blown style.

Buy & Sell Darbuka / Re: Clay Darbuka
« on: April 08, 2019, 05:13:41 PM »
I understand.  Thanks for the tips!!  I guess I will learn to love the idioacracies of the skin head :). My Toca has a goat skin head but seems pretty stable.  Im guessing the skin heads on the clay drums may be a thinner skin than that on my Toca.  Are the skins on the more expensive clay drums actual fish skin?  I would imagine these might be thinner than the goat skin?


Buy & Sell Darbuka / Re: Clay Darbuka
« on: April 01, 2019, 03:56:20 PM »
Thank you for the links!!  That metal Savvas with natural skin looks very nice - and the price of around $225 US is very attractive!

However, I wonder... is it not the clay shell material that gives a clay darbuka its trademark tone, more so than the natural skin head?  I thought it was?

Actually, I really like synthetic heads living in central Ohio, USA because our climate changes frequently.  I know the natural skin heads dont like many changes in temperature and humidity.  This is the main reason I was looking for a clay shell with synthetic head.  Remos Skyn Deep is a nice alternative to a natural skin head.  But, of course the synthetic head would have to tie on in the traditional manner.  Im thinking I will probably have to settle on a natural head, due to the circumstances - but the price points are not agreeing with my wallet, ha ha.

I wonder if AI will be getting the Savvas metal/natural skin drums in soon...

Buy & Sell Darbuka / Clay Darbuka
« on: March 30, 2019, 06:01:34 AM »
Hello gang!!  Ok, while I like the sound of both metal and clay darbuka, it is the clay versions I really love.  It is the raw and organic sound of them that draws me in.  Yes, the metal version with synthetic head has that well know and fiery sound - very crisp and poppy - but the clay versions earthy tone gets me every time I hear them in recordings.

Because my experience in shopping for clay darbuka is very limited, I have really only seen Savvas clay drums.  And yes they are beautiful, look very well built, and sound amazing, but are expensive and out of my budget.  Is there an alternative to the Savvas line that are more affordable?  Also, is there a synthetic head version clay darbuka that still has the tied on head, only not actual skin?  I understand the real skin heads are a trait of the clay drums, but just wanted to know if such synthetic heads existed for these.


Ahhh, I see!  I am quite naive to the Wahda rhythm - so I thank you for the history of it.  I appreciate learning the history or origins of the rhythms.  Now I can listen again with a different and better educated mindset... :)

Hello MATOUK - welcome to the forums!!

My Toca darbuka is advertised as coming with a goat skin head.  So while not fish skin, it is still not synthetic neither.  I would imagine the goat skin may be a bit more durable and pliable than fish skin.  It is the type that uses the collar ring system and not the tied method.

But, I do not know much at all about fish skin heads.  However, Remo makes a synthetic replica of fish skin that may be of interest to you.  I do not its sound quality, but I read many players like them.

Oud Teachers & Lessons / Re: Free Ear Training course for maqams
« on: March 15, 2019, 04:56:33 PM »
Thank you for this opportunity!

Sorry for my slight absence, work has got the better of me the past couple of weeks.

Yes, I have listened to the video several times - it is a great piece of music!  What stands out to me is that one thing that never changes is an underlying pulse.  Along with that there is much soloing phrasing going on over top of that with a few different instruments, and sometimes more than one instrument soloing at the same time playing different styles.  But, the pulse never changes and keeps everything glued together.  Once again, a wonderful piece of music!

Ah, here is that more modern video I speak of:

I FINALLY found time to watch this full video!!  Yes, very wow!  A nice video from the mid-70s, I love watching older videos and movies :). Surely the rhythm in this topic is well prevalent throughout.  Again very nice to see and hear the connection.  Yes, I remember in a dance instruction video of hagala, the dancer mentions the hip step down moves as the main structure of the dance.  I can see that being confirmed in this older video as well.  Very nice find!!

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