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Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: Mid-East drums
« Last post by bsfloyd on May 24, 2019, 07:54:24 AM »
I just stumbled upon another video and review of the 12Ē with jingles.  I think Iím starting to like the jingles version a bit better...

Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: Mid-East drums
« Last post by bsfloyd on May 24, 2019, 07:16:53 AM »
Iím in envy that you were able to have an Emin in your hands and was able to play it!!  There is absolutely nothing around my area that would give me such opportunity.  I can only imagine how happy you were.  Alas, I need to rely on videos and word of mouth to make purchases.  The Emin drums (as are the Savvas drums) look like pieces of art, but come with a healthy price tag.  The Mid-East drums look like a poor mans version of such, however still seem to be of quality for the blue collar man.  While the quality of the instrument certainly has a say in the instruments voice, Iím sure itís the hands of player that takes lead.  With Fatherís Day coming up soon, I may hint the word about these Mid-East drums :). Now, if they so choose to opt for an Emin.... well, who am I to say no ;)

Doumbek Advice, Tips Questions & Lessons / Re: Hand Independence techniques?
« Last post by bsfloyd on May 24, 2019, 07:07:21 AM »

Doumbek Advice, Tips Questions & Lessons / Re: Hand Independence techniques?
« Last post by bsfloyd on May 24, 2019, 07:05:49 AM »
Hello and welcome to the forums, Willyís!!!  Itís good to meet another new drummer.

Question - do you play any other percussion / drum instruments?

The videos above are good ones!  It seems to me that what you are looking for is how to not loose the base structure of the rhythm when you want to add ďfillsĒ to them.  Is this correct?  It is always essential to know the base pulse of the rhythm as it is the foundation.  Then, we add a bit of spice to the foundation as seen fit or what we feel comes from our hearts.

Iím sure youíve been all over YouTube in your hunting, but a set of videos that helped me greatly when I was starting out was Geoff Childers 10 Rhythms Every Darbuka Player Should Know.  It is a three part series.  I like them because he shows what the base rhythm is and then adds embellishments to some of them.  Your ability may already be past this, and if so I apologize.  But, this will help let us know where you are.  Happy drumming!

thanks for the answer Dhugo. Yes I know, that's the concept, but for a newcomer to musical instruments it's very hard. I'm using this video   for practicing but want to use another technique or rythm to do some variation. I'm having trouble maintaining the base rythm while trying to add some improvisations and I know that it's because I'm not used to "think" this way (do a rythm in one hand and another with the other hand
Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: Mid-East drums
« Last post by dHuGo on May 23, 2019, 05:24:55 PM »
In my eyes shape of the Mid-Easts is inspired by Iranian Tonbak - only heigth is in different proportion... I see namely the secret of that great sounds in those shape... Since there's a lot of different Turkish drums and I know only this one as Pakistani I'd guess its body and tuning system is adopted from over there.

But I took notice that Emin got a new level with its drums: They made an original Turkish tuning system having proportions like Pakistani one. The lot of screws allows excellent fine tuning, screws and rings are that small you don't feel a disadvantage related to an Egyptian styled edge. - I'm really sure the influence came mainly from those Mid-East drums!

I've had one of named Emins in my own hands in Istanbul last fall and I cannot explain in words that satisfaction what I got from.

...and yes ... the Khafif site ... I learnt a lot from this ... but actually I sticked in great collection of rhythms all the time and didn't look around as you ...
Doumbek Advice, Tips Questions & Lessons / Re: Hand Independence techniques?
« Last post by dHuGo on May 23, 2019, 04:28:40 PM »
Hi, Willys, happy welcome.
Hand independence on Mediterranean drums in three words:
1. Play base pattern with strong hand only
2. Play ornamentation with weak hand or both (especially fast rolls)
3. Independence will increase right by the way

For your impro you may find this a good practical introduction:
Hi everyone. I'm new in the forum although I've read several posts. I live in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, and we don't have any darbuka teachers so I had to learn watching YouTube videos. I've got some advance trough almost a year practicing, but I realized that there's not many videos to learn this specifically (there is exercise videos for  piano but don't seem useful for darbuka). So I need your help with this, and my question is, Which exercises did you use to learn the hand Independence? My goal is to learn to make some improvisations and is a MUST KNOW to do so. Greetings from the the of the world!
Introduce Yourself / Welcome aboard Willys_fueguino
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Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: Mid-East drums
« Last post by bsfloyd on May 23, 2019, 06:21:57 AM »
I found the link to Mid-East Mfg on the Jasís Khafifís middle eastern rhythms web site (which is a great resource by the way and I highly recommend it).  There is a small section on where to find drums and the link to Mid-East is there:

So... the way I understand it, these style drums are more of a Turkish style drum?  The style with the non rounded top and the playing portion of the skin that comes right to the edge?  Almost more of a Tonbak style?
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