Author Topic: Daf, Bendir, and Tar... Oh my!!!  (Read 30 times)


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Daf, Bendir, and Tar... Oh my!!!
« on: February 07, 2019, 05:07:33 PM »
Sorry for the bad Wizard of Oz pun, but I couldnít resist :)

Anyway, I wanted to get a better knowledge regarding the frame drums and their role in an Arabic percussion small ensemble.  So, letís say that there is a lead darbuka player blazing out them solos along with the classic rhythms, and there is a classic Riq player adding some jingle and high end sizzle to the mix - of the three listed in the topic (Daf, Tar, Bendir), which would be the most go to frame drum to keep the basics of the rhythms going strong?  I mean, we have the Bendir with itís snare like buzz, the Daf with its jingly jingles, and the Tar with its dry and pure tones.  Which drum is more likely used when?  Is this something commonly decided by region?  Playerís and ensembleís choice?  I am wanting to invest in one these frame drums for the role of keeping the basic rhythm structure going, but I am a bit overwhelmed of the choices.

On another note, what if the trio was only a duo.  What percussion choices would be a good mix?  Letís say darbuka and _______?   Or, Riq and _______?  Or,.... _______ and _______?