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Riq, Mazhar, bendir, Tar... Lover / Bendir Information !
« on: December 09, 2015, 10:37:30 AM »
The Bendir is a percussion instrument typical in Morocco and Algeria (as bendayr). Strings - called zanzana or uzman attached to the underside of the head to give it a characteristic buzz. The bendayr has a hole thit or eye in it's frame, permitting to pull the thumb through it and played it upright. Unlike the Tar and Deff the other framedrum instruments widely used in the islamic world.
The membrane of the bendir is made of animal skin on a frame of wood with a thumb hole in it. Three or sometimes 4 strings are attached on the back to make a resonant sound.
The characteristic unique thick sound - a combination of resonance and low drum comes by the snares that make a buzz when the drum is struck.
This instrument has a dominant role in Morroccan folkmusic, mainly by the Amazigh and Berber population.

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Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Darbuka vs Doumbek !
« on: December 09, 2015, 10:33:59 AM »
Darbuka drums appear to be a more modern variation of the doumbek. Still goblet-shaped, a darbuka drum is smaller than a doumbek (9-16 inches tall) and is almost always made from metals like copper or aluminum. However, darbuka drums have a drum head that is easier to access than a doumbek.

 Doumbek and darbuka drums are both Middle Eastern hand percussion instruments. They’re both goblet-shaped, and can be used interchangeably in most belly dance or Middle Eastern drumming situations. Neither drum has a definitive role in the music, but, they do have some differences that may matter to the drummer lucky enough to provide the rhythm at the hafla.

Doumbek drums usually stand around 18 inches tall, with a 10-inch drum head. They’re typically found in metal varieties, but, some do prefer the tone that is created by the wooden versions. The shape of the drum shell can vary from an almost djembe-like “goblet” appearance, to a slightly more trimmed down “Y” or “martini glass” shape. Doumbek drums are also pretty ornate in the artistic designs on the shells of the instruments, whether engraved metal, artistic wood staining or hand-painted designs that represent a certain country and/or its culture. The drum head on a doumbek appears to be difficult to access, causing concerns over tuning the drum or repairing or replacing its head. However, a doumbek drum head can tweaked or fixed accordingly, it just takes a bit of patience.

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 Hi Guys ! Need an information badly. Please assist me. I'm looking to buy a doumbek/darbuka drum meant for Arabian music. I've done my homework as best I can on the internet, and I think I'm going to get a Gawharet El Fan drum as most drummers seem to agree that this is the best you can get in the $220 range for this style.

    However, although I understand the differences in drum head size, I don't understand the overall height differences. Seems like the standard is about 17 inches, while a smaller size is around 12 inches. What difference does the height make?

   If anyone can clear this up, that would be great.

   Also, any other recommendations would be most helpful. Thanks everybody :)


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Darbuka Teachers & Lessons / Hold Darbuka; For new learner's !
« on: December 08, 2015, 10:06:06 AM »
Trying to learn Darbuka ? Now start with a new.
 First things first- how do you hold it? Ok, sit down with the drum resting across your left leg and the drum ‘head’ hitting your right leg. This means the darbuka is now running along the left hand side of your body and you can comfortably rest your left arm down on the drum (reverse everything I say if you are left handed!).

From here the hand is placed straight down onto the drum itself and the finger should be just hanging over the edge a little. At the moment both of your legs are at the same level and the drum can easily fall off your leg. To fix this problem, pull your right foot back a little and your right leg will then be at a lower angle than the left. This uneven position will now hold the drum in place for you. Your left elbow will also make sure it doesn’t escape you!

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Darbuka Teachers & Lessons / New Generation Darbuka
« on: December 08, 2015, 10:01:02 AM »
Darbuka has lots of cool features ;). These  are made with the same exacting standards as all Gawharet El Fan instruments, but with slightly different specifications. The New Generation Darbuka are taller and wider than more traditional models, but they also have a unique shape to their bottom lip. If you are looking for something just a little different with the same high quality you expect from Gawharet El Fan, get yourself one of the New Generation Darbuka.NG GEF Darbuka drums are higher and wider with a unique bottom finishing. 17.5" tall.
 Mind blowing Doumbek drums!

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