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Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Drum lover's video album
« on: February 02, 2016, 10:33:22 AM »
For those of you who own and play hand drums, CHECK THIS VIDEO ALBUM OUT! dingbat posted this in another topic, but I figured that the people in this thread would really appreciate it.

Middle-Eastern hand drum video album. (

Advice, Tips and Questions Regarding the Oud / Re: need help
« on: February 01, 2016, 01:13:34 PM »
Can't say it's price right now but it appears quite playable, and well built. Turkish no doubt. I wonder what material they used for the fingerboard.

Oud Lovers / Re: Oud shop in Doha
« on: January 31, 2016, 12:37:35 PM »
Have you heard the name Ala'a Fua'ad Jihad, whose father is one of the most renowned Iraqi makers in the last 50 years or so.
His brothers, Layth and Faris, are also good oud makers in Baghdad.
Here they are:


BTW: 6 K QR = 1650 $

Hi everyone,
I just started playing oud last year, i am picking it up quickly, but i hit a wall sometimes and feel that its hard to learn new things. Did most of you in here have teachers or instructors?
I'm thinking about getting a few lessons, but if you guys have any tips, please share.
keep up the good work.

Oud Lovers / Re: Oud making site!
« on: January 24, 2016, 08:36:29 AM »
Thank you Riaz, for your website and your passion for the oud. I love your innovative use of household utensils used in the bending of the ribs. The ouds you have made show a lot of exquisite detail and are very impressive. I appreciate your links and references and wish you success in your future projects. I am very pleased to learn of the interest in the oud in Germany through your links.

Ney, Kawala Lovers / Re: Parsian Ney Lesson
« on: January 20, 2016, 12:52:34 AM »
Hi, Great to see your sisters interest in Ney. Although I do not know any ney player in Istanbul, but i've been sitting at Hossein Omoumi ney class 3 hours every weeks for 3 years so i may give you some clue. (i don't play the ney, i can make the sound and play a scale)

She has to put the ney in between the first and second upper teeth and manage to make the sound.
( from the same position you may have one note, the octave plus one octave and a fith according to the way you blow)
There's no trick, just try and try...according to Omoumi it takes between 3 weeks and 2 years to make the first sound.
She has to focus on blowing the air on one point, just where the ney touches the teeth.
The tongue is rounded in the mouth so the tip is touching the upper part of the ney.
The air is blowed over the tongue.

She will find the notes very easily, the last note(B) is missing in the first octave, that's way one can hear most of the players switching to the second octave when the have to play it.
Omoumi ad a horn key to feel the gap.
Unfortunately i have lost most the recorded tapes i had from the class....

Omoumi has learned by himself many years before he went to see Hassan Kassā'i, but he never was a regular student.
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Glad to see your interest on darbuka. One of the most popular beginner doumbeks is the Alexandria Aluminum doumbek.  First time players like this drum because it is a moderate size, very durable and has a good range of tones.  It is a good drum to learn the basics of doumbek playing on.  It also produces quality tones so that even advanced players enjoy playing it too.  Also, it's cost is lower than most other doumbeks, which makes it a great drum for the price.

Other doumbeks that are a little more expensive than the Alexandria doumbeks, but are easy to play and have beautiful tones are the Copper Doumbeks (excluding the large ones) as well as the 8 inch or 10 inch Brass doumbeks.  In addition, these drums are also a moderate size, which is another reason why they are good beginner drums.

As with most things, you get what you pay for.  The Alexandria doumbeks are an excellent drum for the price, but the copper and brass doumbek shells are considered to produce prettier tones than the aluminum shells.

One last point, the Alexandria aluminum and the copper doumbeks have one advantage over the brass doumbeks.  The advantage is that the Alexandria and copper doumbeks have curved rims and this type of rim is a little softer on the fingers & hands while playing.  Nonetheless, all three styles are good beginner drums for the reasons indicated above.

Darbuka Teachers & Lessons / Re: New Generation Darbuka
« on: December 20, 2015, 12:17:29 PM »
Now ceramic darbuka is a cool feature indeed. Ceramic doumbeks produce beautiful tones.  They are a little warmer in timbre than many metal doumbek and are as easy to play as the above mentioned drums.  However, ceramic doumbeks are fragile and thus, are much less durable than any metal doumbek.  If you travel with the ceramic drum, then a padded bag is needed.   For a first doumbek I would NOT recommend a ceramic drum since it is more fragile and less versatile than the metal drums.  After you get your first metal doumbek, and if you enjoy playing, then I would recommend a ceramic drum for it's beautiful, warm tone and physical appearance.

Riq, Mazhar, bendir, Tar... Lover / Re: Bendir Information !
« on: December 19, 2015, 04:46:19 PM »
Hi, Great to see your information regarding bendir. Please just take a look at this bendir playing and suggest me is this really the right piece or not?

Riq, Mazhar, bendir, Tar... Lover / Re: Know about Mazhar !
« on: December 19, 2015, 04:37:24 PM »
Hi Dhugo ,
 Thanks for the real identical information you have. Please take a look at this Pakistani mazhar player and instrument as well. is this a right one ?

Frame Drum Sound & Videos / Re: Start Frame drumming !
« on: December 18, 2015, 12:26:34 AM »
Take a look at that. You may know more

Riq, Mazhar, bendir, Tar... Lover / Re: How to play an open dum on a riq!
« on: December 18, 2015, 12:23:15 AM »
Thanks for your interest  on riq. I first learned classical riq using Mary Ellen Donald's Arabic Tambourine book. She shows the classical style doom as a right hand index finger hit with the left hand alone holding the riq much as you describe. This results in a very nice sounding doom but it really plays havoc with playing speed and dexterity. I was delighted when Souhail's Foundation of Arabic Rhythm DVD showed the classical doom as an undamped ring finger hit toward the center of the head. Yousif Sheronick in his Riq Instructional DVD also shows this technique. It's a little more difficult to get a resonant doom sound, but a heck of a lot easier to move around. Mary Ellen's book is great in every other respect.

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