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Hey, it's absolutely normal, that playing a hand-drum maybe a little painful in the beginning (same with guitar too...). Think - it's causing enormal stress on your fingertips! So what to do....?!

You may strengthen your fingers some times a day even by the way. Look to this video:



Mainly you only need a surface to hit it with your fingers. It doesn't matter wether it's a table or a book wich you may carry with you. Do it with ease and don't worry about speed: The easier it goes you may increase speed with no problem. So, whenever you have a break, you may training your fingers for a few minutes. That's first.

Next, stop drumming immediatly, when it starts hurting. Take a rest instead. - There are two kinds of pain, you should know: First is lokated in soft parts of your body. This pain is ok. You need to come closer with, it's lowering by time. But be aware, if the joints in your hand are hurting, the tendons too - that may cause serious injuries! It needs to correct your position fundamentally this case!!!

So, hopefully I might help you a little. Please tell something about your progress.

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I think, this topic is a very theoretical one. - I've never seen a ceramic Doumbek with a synthetic head yet and to do first steps I'd prefer a metal corpus with synthetic skin anyway...

But nevertheless, @hylian, real good information, thank you.

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Darbuka Teachers & Lessons / Re: Need lessons for a darbuka!
« on: May 15, 2015, 12:59:40 PM »
Hi,
here is some sample, how to play your darbuka:



So doum, tek and slap it's same as the doumbek-style.
The ka is played with snaps. Here is a good instruction to learn this technique:


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...you need to be relaxed when playing, don't tense your muscles!

Loona, that's right. I know the problem:
  • A good drummer doesn't worry a lot about loudness of rolls. If you try to play roll strokes as strong as single strokes it will effect two nasty things to your playing:
    • Your timing will become not equal enough - the sound doesn't "roll". It's because you are actually playing a row of very fast single strokes instead...
    • Overall sound level seems to rise up virtually while hearing rolls due to a memory effect in our brains.
  • With triplets: About timing is the same thing, but strokes are still considered as singles now: If you feel it usefull to hit harder for increasing those sounds your strokes simply are out of resonance. So you have to find right resonances first: Try to play as soft as you can, find those places on skin, where the sounds are "at home". Learn to hit these places proper and stable. Thereafter you may increase speed and modulate your sounds without additional force.

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Hi Alberto, I'm afraid there is no answer to your question...

Playing techniques actually depends of how your instrument is built, of your musical interests and of your personal abilities. The darbouka is a very various instrument, you may do with your fingers a lot on it, that's right. - Though it's really important to work out a solid base first. Here's something on basic strokes:
http://forum.arabinstruments.com/doumbek-advice-tips-questions-lessons/what-are-the-darbuka-tones/

Learn this and thereafter you will not be confused about various new techniques because you should know wich one may really fit your style!

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Introduce Yourself / Re: Welcome aboard dHuGo
« on: May 10, 2015, 09:21:00 AM »
Hello - many thanks for invitation. About me:
I started to learn drumming about 5 years ago (to come out of my midlife crisis  ;) ... by the way) with congas. I like it but I have some serious logistic problems handling those huge drums ... So I looked for a more handy solution: Djembé, Bongos and Darbuka at least.
I try adapting my own experience with one of these instruments to another and I'm interested a lot in learning about original rhythmical patterns, what may fit the best the different styles of playing each of my drums.

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