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Riq Lessons from Randy Gloss!
« on: August 16, 2015, 02:29:50 AM »
Before You Start: There are two main playing positions for this instrument. They are commonly referred to as the Cabaret style and the Soft style. these lessons deal only with Cabaret style.

 a) Holding the Riq

1. Make a C shape with your left hand. (if you're right handed)
2. rest the Riq into the C with one set of jingles facing down through the middle of the C.
3. Bring your thumb (bottom half of C) up to push against the back jingle.
4. Your forefinger and possibly your middle finger will hold the Riq where the skin meets the shell.
5. Moderately tilt the drum forward to rid yourself of any unwanted or excess shimmer of the jingles.
6. Your right hand will be used to play drum sounds in this position. Unlike other styles of frame drumming, your right hand should not rest or pivot off the shell. Keep it free to move.
 7. Likewise, your left hand will be used (along with your right)to play the front jingles in your C. Use your ring finger in each hand (on that same jingle). Practice altenating right-left-riight-left for awhile, to get the feel.



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Re: Riq Lessons from Randy Gloss!
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2015, 02:31:13 AM »
The Drum Strokes -

Doum; an open, low pitched sound, played with the index finger of the dominant drumming hand.

Tak; High pitched sound, played close to the edge of the drum head. Use the ring finger of your domanant hand. (pic#4)


Kat; closed stroke, played in the middle of the drum head. It is a relaxed stroke, so approach it with a mildly cupped hand.


The Jingles; This particular tamborine has very loud and active sounding jingles (which is why before we even begin to play, we tilt the drum). These two lessons were prepared to teach some basic playing ideas, but more importantly, it will give you some ideas on how to control and manipulate the jingles.

With your ring fingers in both hands, alternate striking the jingle that is closest to the Middle C of your grip. (Same as step 7 on how to hold the drum).

Shaking the tamborine back and forth. Imagine you are holding an egg shaker or small maraca in your left hand. Because of the weight of the Riq, this motion will cause fatigue in your hand at first. Don't push it. When you get tired, stop and rest. It is also common for people to exagerate the necessary motion at first. So, pay attention to keep the gesture small. (this will reduce the amount of work required.) If you are new at this tamborine, I recommend practicing shaking the Riqq back and forth, keeping the notes even (think egg shaker) before you begin the lessons.

The triplet with the jingles is a side to side shake (more specifically a left to right rotation)

1.Place your drumming hand parallel to the surface of the drum head.

2.Rotate the drum to the left, hitting the riq into your right hand (first note of the triplet)

3.With a slight amount of resistance from your right hand, push the tamborine  past your right hand and follow through to the left (second note)

4.Bring the riq back to the right, returning to the original position (third note of the triplet)

repeat steps 1 through 4

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Re: Riq Lessons from Randy Gloss!
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2015, 02:35:47 AM »
Lesson 1 is based on a common Middle Eastern rhythm known as Belladi (fig 1.) Examples a through e use this same rhythm for the drum, but varying ideas from the jingles. Practice each one over and over for awhile before moving to the next pattern.
in (a) all the sixteenth notes are filled in and played, with our fingers alternating left-right

in (b) the jingle is played by the left hand on the upbeats

In (c) the jingle is played by the left hand on the last two sixteenths of each beat

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Re: Riq Lessons from Randy Gloss!
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2015, 02:37:20 AM »

In (d) the jingles are activated by shaking the tamborine back and forth (think of the egg shaker



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Re: Riq Lessons from Randy Gloss!
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2015, 02:38:53 AM »
Lesson II is based on a simple drum pattern (doum-tak-kat--) in a meter of seven.  This exercise will show you some options on where you can "open up " the jingles or shake the tambourine.

a)  is our original pattern.  All of the following exercises are based on this one.   In this pattern all of the drum notes come from our right hand, and all of the jingle notes come from our left.



b)  has two "open notes" (shakes) from the jingles; on beat two(back) and on three (forward).  To avoid flamming the drum should  land forward at the same time as you play tak.



c)  the open notes have shifted to beats four (back) and five (forward).  Again, to avoid flamming the forward shake should land as you play kat.




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Re: Riq Lessons from Randy Gloss!
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2015, 02:40:14 AM »
d)  the open notes shift again to beats six and seven.


e)  the hardest of these exercises.  After striking the first doum, set the jingles into motion (starting with back) and keep in motion while playing the pattern.  You will find that the second measure is extremely difficult to keep even because all of the drum notes occur when the drum is back.  When you return to the top of the pattern the first doum lands on a forward shake.



Good luck with these exercises, and remember to be patient with your progress and have fun.

Source:http://www.rhythmweb.com/handson/riq_lesson_02.htm