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Next, how to learn the sounds:
  • Begin with open strokes only:
    Doum (D), Tekka (TK).
  • When you can do strong D while TK sounds similar each to each other, you may continue with closed strokes:
    Grab, Slap and closed TK....
  • Then try to modulate TK from sound open tone to whispering sounds or loud closed ones at the other end.
  • And when you mastered this, then I'd recommend you, to continue with muffled tones like those effect, Aviel is showing in the video.

So, I'm looking forward, you'll become a great drummer!
See you...

Hi david, you're welcome. - Don't worry, you need at least some weeks of training to get clear sounds. And you may improve your skills by years..!

Let's look your drum first: It maybe staying untuned coming from bazaar only. To proof the state of the skin, slightly press in it's middle with one fingertip or thumb.
Look the reaction: If whole skin sags, it is too weak, otherwise you'd see some hollow around your finger, while skin actually stays streched up to the edge!

Please read my tuning advice!

Nice piece!  - Looking the wooden strip, I'd remark some resting glue on its surface. Its appearance looks like colophony. Probably, skin originally was glued with natural resin based on pine or similar tree. It seems to be an old handcrafted drum. - What a beauty!!!

Introduce Yourself / Re: Belated Happy To Be Here
« on: June 18, 2017, 06:45:26 PM »
Thank you for joining our little - but increasing (I hope so) community.
You're very Welcome!

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hi! <3 <3 <3 <3
« on: May 27, 2017, 06:49:42 AM »
Hi, you're welcome! - I'd like to see more new users with a lot of fresh spirit - like you! 😄 Good luck!

Announcements / Re: The first jeans case ever made for darbuka
« on: April 22, 2017, 04:37:23 PM »
Love it! 😎

Darbuka Sound & Video Clips / Re: Help me... Rhythms of these songs?
« on: March 19, 2017, 09:37:19 AM »
Hi, it's Masmoudi saghir (so called Baladi) both.

The base is:

D-D-+-S-D---S---| played with strong (commonly the right) hand

1st song uses a filled form:


2nd song is a "walking" form (with bridge):


D = Dum
S = Slap ("Pa" - You might play a loud Tek instead, if you are beginner)
- = Time marker (Rest)
+ = Pulse marker (Rest)
t = Tek
k = Ka

Introduce Yourself / Don't stop practising - Why!? - Look here!!!
« on: February 28, 2017, 01:37:05 PM »

Doumbek Advice, Tips Questions & Lessons / Re: Doumbek Sheet Music
« on: January 18, 2017, 11:12:44 PM »
Interesting idea - are you looking for something especial?! - I'm afraid there is a lag with sheet music for percussions at all. I found only some sheets with arrangements of world rhythms for Djembe - years ago - and I'm not sure, it's active now...

For (middle) eastern percussions you may find some links, giving an overview on basic patterns with some common variations. What's your level? - Let me think it over.

Most I'd like to share and discuss some ideas directly here in our forum. What do you think about?

Hi, I guess those numbers are marks that you can mount the ring (rim) with same orientation, you removed it. Darbuka drumhead is built preciously, so I would recommend to be careful with all screws - and put every screw back into same hole after unscrewing for changing head.

1. Note, there is a gap between rim and body. Mounting new head first take care to level this gap all around the drum by screwing in all pairs of opposite screws without tension. When thing is coming to force and the head isn't levelled that direction, unscrew the opposite one! - After the head is levelled all screws are in a point you need force up to screw it further.

2. Now start screwing screw by screw but only one turn each, continue clockwise around the rim. Don't forget which screw was first one and do it until whole cycle is finished several times. Look wether head stays levelled under tension. Stop then and let the new skin stretch for some hours.

3. Before continuing look around head correcting the level by unscrewing one of opposites when needed. Then continue like step 2. Don't hurry! Stretching new skin may last one, two or three days depending of skin type or fabricate. Stretching procedure ends at least, when skin surface and rim are on the same level.
Let the drum rest another day before tuning skin.

4. Loosen fresh stretched skin before tuning. Unscrew screws same way like in step 2. Strike "Dum" for test after each cycle. Stop unscrewing when sound becomes weak. Start only now to tune the drum head.

5. Tuning drumhead is by screwing all opposite pairs slightly. You may do 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 , 1/6 up to 1/12 turns regarding orientation of each screwhead - same step with all screws every time. After each cycle proof the "Dum" sound until it is fully strong with a long delay as possible. After you found that, continue with fine tuning until the "Tekka" comes sound enough. When the "Dum" stays strong now, it might be the lucky end. If you lost it, you need to loosen the skin again, until you find a good compromise for "Dum" and "Tek" sounds that may fit your wishes.

6. Synthetic skin stretches all life time. So it needs to do step 5. time by time again for service and best sounds.

Good luck!

It seems skin was replaced by a new one.
Looking shape, decor - and white paint at the inner side - it reminds me the Syrian Darbuka I tried (before buying an Arab Instruments New Generation).

That's all I may tell you about the pic. Enjoy and good luck!

Ney, Kawala Lovers / Buy a Nay
« on: October 25, 2016, 09:48:39 AM »
Few weeks later I found a online shop driven by an Egyptian guy who is creating  their own Nays and Kavalas. His name is Marwan Hassan and he is living just 40 min away from my home.    Unfortunately no English version with Marwans web page   :'(

Thank you, ol2tmx. That's good news!
Greetings from Munich.

Doumbek Advice, Tips Questions & Lessons / Re: Old Darbuka Polish
« on: February 20, 2016, 01:26:06 PM »
Forget the tomato paste (and the ketchup too)... - I tested it with some old piece of aluminium - there's absolutely no result. So we can see that it's the vinegar in  ketchup cleaning metal surface.

It's an acidic reaction, I wouldn't recommend that with a darbuka body at all.

Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: Drum lover's video album
« on: February 03, 2016, 04:54:23 AM »
Middle-Eastern hand drum video album. (

That link doesn't work...  :(

Buy & Sell Darbuka / Re: Need Alexandria!
« on: February 03, 2016, 04:50:11 AM »
Sorry Arab Instruments Shop doesn't offer any Alexandria Doumbeks. - Look Bavly Music or Music Outfitters instead!
(I found it via Google).

...or try it on eBay

Good luck!

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