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Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: Knowledge regarding Darbuka !
« on: February 09, 2016, 01:21:17 PM »
Sometimes listening to some recordings of psalms in Hebrew, besides the beautiful singing of Erez YechieI there is a music background involving percussion instruments with distinct Middle East rhythm pattern. At time I didn't know which instruments exactly were used for recordings. But the fact remains that those songs with the rhythm induce a very pleasant and warm feelings inside.

Ney, Kawala Lovers / Parsian Ney Lesson
« on: January 20, 2016, 12:47:03 AM »
My sister lives in Istanbul. She is desperatly seeking for someone who could give her lessons or at least advice to begin with Persian ney not Turkish or Arabic, she has solid knowledge of music theory and have a long piano experience but is a beginner when it comes to ney. If you know such a person, please PM me and I'll forward the info to my sis. Thanks.

Any suggestion is appreciated.


Congratulations on taking up the drum! I LOVE it and hope you will too.GEFs are great drums and come in various sizes.
The Standard size is 16.9 inches in height and are 8.8 lbs. These are the original sized drums and are used for soloing.The next size up is the New Generation, which is replacing the Standard size drums. They are 17.5 inches in height and are 9.9 lbs. and are used for soloing.

After that comes the Soumbati, which is 18.5 inches in height and 12.5 lbs. It used to be used for background playing to accompany the soloist, but now it is commonly used to solo with. It is the drummers preference whether they use this drum or a smaller drum for soloing.

The largest is the Dohola, which is 21.2 inches in height and 17.1 lbs. and is used for back-up only.Generally, the larger the drum, the deeper the sound.There are some other sizes, but the above sizes are the most common. I would not buy anything smaller than the 16.9 inch size. The 12 inch in height drum sounds really small. You need a decent weight, so the drum will not bounce around on your lap while playing. It may be a child's drum. My favourite is the Standard size, but I also have a New Generation and I love it. I find I don't use my Soumbati very often.

You can buy it from

Have fun drumming!

Riq, Mazhar, bendir, Tar... Lover / Know about Mazhar !
« on: December 12, 2015, 07:27:00 AM »
The mazhar is a large, heavy tambourine used in Arabic music. The mazhar's frame is generally made out of wood. The instrument's brass jingles are quite large (4-5 inches / 10–13 cm in diameter). It is played with a shaking technique that gives it a raucous sound. Its single head is considerably thicker than that of the riq, its smaller cousin.

The Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy is a notable performer of the mazhar.
- Wikipedia
Take a look at that

Ney, Kawala Lovers / Find the difference between Ney & Kawala !
« on: December 11, 2015, 07:24:19 AM »
Ney is made from reed, has 9 joints, 6 holes and 1 back hole, its featured in classical eastern music, and considered to be the base for all the positions (with the tanbur), kawalla is reed also, bigger diamater, 4 joints, 6 holes only (no back hole) and is somewhat harder to control, frequently used in arabic music than in turkish, and not so classically related.

See this video for more exploration

Ney, Kawala Lovers / Kawala Information !
« on: December 11, 2015, 07:20:16 AM »
 The kawala is an end-blown edge aerophone (flute) of Egypt used primarily to accompany (along with other instruments) a genre of Sufi hymnody called madīh in-nabī (‘praise of the prophet Muhammad’). kawala is made from a straight open-ended stalk of aged reed with three segments articulated by two nodes, which must be bored out to make a cylindrical bore. In comparison to the Egyptian nāy, the kawala is shorter and has a wider bore. The rim at one end of the stalk is beveled to a sharp edge (see detail image), which serves as the target of the airstream provided by the performer; it is therefore an end-blown flute. The instrument has six fingerholes and, on the reverse side, one thumbhole. A band of wound cotton cord just below the beveled rim discourages the splitting of the reed.

The kawala is related to numerous other Middle Eastern beveled-rim end-blown flutes, including the Egyptian  :)

Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: Darbuka vs Doumbek !
« on: December 10, 2015, 09:10:20 AM »
Here's some more cool features regarding the difference you have explained. Darbuka drums, doumbek drums and even djembe drums are all very similar instruments in terms of the construction, shape and materials used to make the drums. Some say that doumbeks and darbukas are just metal variations of the djembe. Others say that doumbek drums and darbuka drums are shiny and sparkly, keeping up with the elegance and beauty of belly dancers. Djembes tend to have a much warmer tone, and as the size varies, a djembe can be much louder than the doumbek or darbuka, as well. Doumbeks and darbuka drums are much sharper in tone and attack, perfect for close-quarters on stage where the focus is mostly on the dancer, and much less on the drum. Regardless, these drums all have a place in any hand drummer’s arsenal, as we never really know which way the rhythm is going to move us.

Advice, Tips and Questions Regarding the Oud / Learn Pull off !!
« on: December 10, 2015, 09:04:50 AM »
Want to learn a new one? Why are you delaying? Let's start it !
Pull-off an open string:
Simply use a finger from your left hand to pluck the string.

Pull-off a fingered note:
Hold down a note on the fingerboard then pluck with another finger while holding down the other note. The position of the finger doing the plucking should be at the location of the next note in the maqam higher than the note you are holding down.

So if you are holding down your high D note with your index finger on the high C string as shown in the video, and you are playing Maqam Bayati on D, then your second finger executes the pull-off in the general area of E quarter flat.

Tips for success:

Practice playing downstrokes and then taking your finger off the note you played. This is one of the most common ways to practice pull-offs. Now take a look at this.

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