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Buy & Sell Darbuka / Need Alexandria!
« on: January 29, 2016, 01:08:59 PM »
Hi all,

I need an Alexandria 10 3/4 by 16 3/4. Who knows a good one to get online?

Any suggestion is appreciated.

Oud Lovers / Re: Oud learning....
« on: January 28, 2016, 08:16:42 AM »
Hey Ashiq Mehedi,
Don't sweat it man. When I first started oud I didn't even know what it was, my teacher practically forced me into it. I couldn't even keep it from sliding off my lap.
It's always hard at first. Whenever you have specific questions, let us know and someone will be able to help you, if not everyone.

Oud Lovers / Re: Oud learning....
« on: January 27, 2016, 09:42:52 AM »
Hey Ashiq Mehedi,
I played guitar for about a year before I started the oud. Let me tell you something... it's not a pleasant switch at all. The spacing is different, and the technique is very very different. People used to tell me that I sounded like I was playing a guitar on the oud. That's horrible. Keep looking for an oud teacher. Microtones can't be found on the guitar, but are important on the oud. In addition, the scales are slightly different. For instance, the maqam Nahawand has been likened to the Minor scale in Western music, but it has it's differences. In my opinion, don't go for the guitar teacher.

Some people say copper sounds better but it's always depending. A good aluminum drum sounds better then a medium copper I would say both can sound very nice if they are in the same quality category...the turks used merely copper for their old style drums...and these dar bukas sound differently...the turkish style darbukas have a deeper doum sound...but I guess that's because of the different shape (and the screws outside at the rim not inner tuning system) however copper does make a difference in the sound...on the other hand I haven't played a heavy copper darbuka so I have no idea if that exists...maybe they would beat the alu drum.

Any suggestion is appreciated.

Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Metal dumbek's goat skin head replace !
« on: January 18, 2016, 10:59:31 AM »
The old heads were stretched over a metal ring and then held in place and tightened by the top hoop and bolts to the lower hoop. You need to remove every thing and get and save the "flesh ring" that the original skin was on. This metal hoop is VERY important. Soak that old held in a tub of water until it becomes limp and get that ring.Check the bearing edge on the drum to make certain that it is smooth and there are no breaks or sharp edges. If there are then use some emory cloth and smooth them. Also check the hoops and make certain that they don't have any sharp edges or raised sharp bumps on them, if there are, then smooth them also. It is these sharp edges that can lead to a head failing. Purchase another goatskin that is at least 6 inches larger in diameter than the ring and soak it in a tub of water until it becomes quite limp. Place this very limp, wet and pliable new goat skin over the drum shell and then put that very important ring that you saved over it and pull the excess skin up all around so that you are capturing that ring in the new skin. replace the top hoop (the one with the bolts in it and allow the excess skin to be wedged between the bearing edge of the drum and the hoop and replace the hardware. You want to keep pulling on the excess skin until the flesh ring is almost level with the
e top of the bearing edge and tighten all of the bolts so that the skin is securely sandwiched in place and everything is very high on the drum. Pull the excess skin hard enough that there aren't any wrinkles and ripples in the drum head but don't tighten to tune anything at this point. The skin is wet and hasn't tightened yet and is very fragile at this point. Don't trim any of the excess skin at this point and be patient. Allow the skin to dry thoroughly for a few days. (it takes a lot longer to thoroughly dry on the flesh ring, so even though it may seem dry to the touch on the head itself, it could still be very wet or damp on the flesh ring. This is where patience is very important . Let it dry.
Once dry, the skin will feel hard, but it will be terribly out of tune and real low. Now start cranking up the bolts going from side to the opposite side (like tightening lug nuts on a tire) and tap the head about an inch and a half in from the rim towards the center of the drum head until you get exactly the same note at each lug. Then once it is equal all around, in quarter turns of the tuning lugs tune it up to where you want it to be. Then very carefully, you can trim off all of the excess skin flush to the hoop (if you are using a sharp knife, don't cut towards the drum head but away from it towards the hoop , please be very careful here, you don't want to damage your new head. This is the best way to do it.

Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / New darbuka arrived
« on: January 18, 2016, 10:50:11 AM »
Hello doumbek lovers!
arabinstruments has collected some new darbuka for you. I have visited them just now. Take a look man  :)

For New Generation Darbuka click here:
For Sombaty Darbuka click here:
For Dohola:

Oud Lovers / Cumbus Taksim Clips
« on: January 17, 2016, 11:27:07 AM »
Two years ago I watched a YouTube clip of a cumbus taksim  who are three fairly old players usually filmed at the Pool of Abraham in Urfa.
Have you got any new update of their activity?

Advice, Tips and Questions Regarding the Oud / Arabic oud strings
« on: January 17, 2016, 11:20:04 AM »
I have bought an arabic oud a few days ago and now I am intended to buy strings. I have studied about the Pyramid strings (650) looks like decent ones. The problem is that these strings are supposed to be used in C G A d g c tuning, and I want to use the CFAdgc tuning. Do you think something will take damage or sound bad if I tune the pyramid strings in the C F A d g c tuning instead?

Any suggestion is appreciated.

before buying some you have to decide what drums do you use. from my side i will tell you, for most live shows i play the 10" soloist weighted Remo.If it is more of a concert setting than a noisy bar environment i will use my ceramic darbuka and dohola made by Descarga Percussion.
My frame drums are a 20" Cooperman Tar and a 16" Tar from Emin.This small and humble collection of drums has seen concert halls, live radio performances, traveled around the world and featured on many a CD. You don't need 300 drums, you just need a few really nice ones. In the beginning of your rhythmic journey you just need a nice, inexpensive yet inspiring, well made one!

Advice, Tips and Questions Regarding the Oud / Re: Need an answer !
« on: January 02, 2016, 01:06:58 PM »
Well you have asked a great question man! As regards strings, the differences between Arabic and Turkish-style ouds can be be very confusing. Both styles can share the same scale length, soundboard thickness, soundboard response and playability. Basically, the only single factor differentiating Turkish ouds and the Arabic variety is the fact that Turkish ouds are tuned one whole step above Arabic ouds. The tuning patterns are the generally same (mainly 4ths--see below). Since Turkish tuning is higher, it will increase the tension that the strings exert on the face of the oud.  For this reason, it is not advisable to tune an Arabic oud up to Turkish tuning.  Doing so can severely damage the oud. If for some reason you wanted to tune an Arabic oud up a whole step, you would need a custom set of strings.  However, it is perfectly fine to tune a Turkish oud down to Arabic tuning, although the resulting string tension may be too low on standard string sets.  A custom set might be necessary for ideal sound.

What about if a child start to learn oud playing. Playing oud make children about delayed gratification. It has a steep learning curve. Before you can make a single sound, you must first learn how to hold the violin, how to hold the bow, and where to place your feet, Larew says. Playing an instrument teaches kids to persevere through hours, months, and sometimes years of practice before they reach specific goals, such as performing with a band or memorizing a solo piece. "Private lessons and practicing at home require a very focused kind of attention for even 10 minutes at a time," Larew says. Group lessons, in which students learn to play the same instruments in an ensemble, also improve patience, as children must wait their turn to play individually. And in waiting for their turns and listening to their classmates play, kids learn to show their peers respect, to sit still and be quiet for designated periods of time, and to be attentive.

Copper is a higher quality metal than aluminum, it is a higher quality drum.  The aluminum is a good, solid beginner drum. It's shell is thick and strong.  The copper is an advanced, or even pro-grade, drum, which a beautiful shape and design to its shell.

The copper doumbek has better resonance and, in turn, sings more than the aluminum doumbek, which should be expected give the copper is more expensive.

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