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George Harrison?! - Yess man!!!

So, I may introduce to you another amazing George - George Kandalaft.

Oud Videos & Sound / Re: New Oud video lesson
« on: September 09, 2015, 01:41:05 PM »
Thank you,
we've already seen this video at
Topic: New Video course of Oud
Please reply there.

... use

Copy and past notation of the pattern (from the beginning till end-sign "|") into the "Rhythm:"-Field - with "PLAY!"-Button you'll get a MIDI for your player.
i.e. try:

You'll get a sound sample of a pyramidical exercise for your timing.

P.S. Doesn't work?!
Look this: Sample

* added sample-link

Hi, I can tell you something about colors of my beauty (in the middle of my picture):

Actually it's running with black ”Power Beat” skin on it. That fits with the black fields on the body.
The mother of pearl on a creamy background comes great with ”Remo fishskin” too.
I may use white skin or transparent one with Disco-Lights inside…

Those are my choices.
I'd never put a colored skin on.
That's all.

3. Handling:
This skill is how to organize your hand moves for a better playing.

Some ideas only:
• play the ”ttK” with right Turkish split fingers
• play ”Kdd” similar to that with a (very) little turn in the wrist of right hand (to loosen it)
• try out playing the slaps with different forces: from ”grab the skin” only up to ”fully bounce it” - feel the difference apart of the doum sounds.
• try out playing slaps in different places: in the middle of the drum; with long/short fingers; below/above of the middle; slap near of edge; straightening or turning your wrist.

Which sounds are the best?!
Which handling is good for increasing speed?

… and please - leave your comments!

2. Timing:
This skill gives you an independence in various tempi (speeds).

In our pattern we can find three different tempi:
D---S---K---K---| = 4/4
--------K-S-K---| = 2/8
------ttK---Kdd-| = 2/16

You may have some troubles with 2/16 because it's played very unusual here with left-left(-right) and left-right(-right) while there's 2/8 in the background what's played simple hand-to-hand as left-right(-left)  (more information below)
That plays against a common feeling: Usual for beginners is to double speed with second hand. Intermediately - with one hand it's like in first part of Maqsoum and then you may play 2/16 with both hands (i.e. look #1).

In result it makes sense to break down the fast part of the pattern for training especially:
K---K-ttK-s-Kdd-| or this way

… and also we should break down the slow part
and then build our pattern step by step
K---K-T-K-S-K-D-|  etc.**)
to feel the difference and take a better stability of the phrase at the end.

* reformatted patterns
** added

1. Independence:
This is an advanced skill to improve coordination of your hands while playing.

What's the matter:
While left hand is playing the 4/4-pulse
you are filling rhythm with your right hand

Same thing in #3 with Malfouf and with Maqsoum in #4. If you are common with Malfouf, there is no problem to add the pulse by the other hand, am I right? - But now main pattern is much more tricky. You may fail with it even when it ”rolls”… (more information below) Another case in advance - if your left hand pattern becomes rhythmical too…

To avoid complications you may start playing left and right hand patterns first apart only - then switch left/right after 4, 2, 1 times like this
K---K---K---K---|K---K---K---K---|D---s-tt--s--dd-|D---s-tt--s--dd-|… i.e. with 2 times


Then switch only the right
K---K---K---K---|K---K---K---K---|K---K---K---K---|… while

After some training you should get the feeling of your whole phrase. Good luck!

* reformatted patterns

Hi, beginners,
do you like Darbouka lessons by Aviel!? (look Topic: Wow! Every Wednesday New Darbuka Lesson!)- New #7 is a bit tricky, isn't it?!
So let's do a breakdown with this example:

« on: August 14, 2015, 06:57:36 AM »
It is assumed that the name al-oud ... came to Europe through North Africa. ... Beside this, oud is also known as the ancestor of the European lute.

I'm totally agreed, but don't forget to mention, that English "lute" as well as German "Laute" both terms are originally from the Arabic "al-oud", isn't it?!

Introduce Yourself / Re: Welcome aboard lionheart
« on: July 29, 2015, 08:20:51 AM »
You're welcome! :)

Ney, Kawala Lovers / Re: Only For the Beginners
« on: July 19, 2015, 02:20:27 PM »
Hi Niri,
even if I prefer to do percussion I very like your demonstrations and explanations. It's most instructive - I'm new in Arabic music and I've got a a good starting point for coming closer with original rhythm and melodic patterns.

…it may last only a few seconds (if you are genious):  ;D

Sorry, perhaps I didn't understand what's actually your problem. …what's wrong with your teacher?!

I know a proverb from Japan, it might fit:

Don't seek praise, avoid to be blamed.

Hello Riya,
I know the most common size of skin diameter is 8⅔-8¾ inches for synthetic heads used with Egyptian type Darbuka.
The size and especially the height of its body may differ. Increasing size make it more expensive, but the sounds become better.
With Pakistani, Turkish or diverse clay Darbukas I have no idea...

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