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Darbuka Lesson Number #7 has been published today.
We do hope you will learn from it.

Further comment look here:

Topic: Professional breakdown of a rhythmical pattern

Buy & Sell Darbuka / Re: Should I buy this darbuka?
« on: November 01, 2015, 04:30:13 AM »
Look these two videos to get some lively impression of a good Pakistani drum:

Those shape - with huge skin and a compact body - should give you good sounds, but you will need some more training to master it.
If skin and screws are in a good state and there are no deformations in the body the price might be ok.
Look for round deep doum-sounds and clear open snapping sounds at the edge.
Good luck!

Hi, don't know what you consider "the proper notation", there is no single one, but I know the very problem with that "phrasing" well. Maybe I can help you.

I posted some related stuff a few weeks ago.
Look my Topic: Professional breakdown of a rhythmical pattern

Does it matter!? - So let's talk about first and I could try to understand, what's actually on your mind. Do you agree?

Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: Do you only play your own drums?
« on: October 23, 2015, 04:38:27 AM »
Hey don't worry with this, it only means you are especially sensitive ...

I don't know about drumkits a lot, but it's same with hand drums too. It takes me about half an hour to come close with a new setup.
A new location - other acoustics; a drum of someone, I feel new skin textures with my fingers, it's strange - another tension, weight, all vibes are different ... it may be horrible.

But actually, I've got much new experience playing different drums, so I think it's good indeed.

Last, not least...

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:

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