Eastern Rhythms, Drum & Instruments
I have been dancing for a long time and really didn't
get the feel of
the music until I learned how to play the Middle Eastern rhythms on the
dombec. Once I understood the various rhythms of the music I became
a much better dancer. I learned how to phrase and understand the
music that I was performing to. If you have a chance to learn to play
the dombec, tambourine, def, etc. do it. This will help your
dancing tremendously. Plus it is a lot of fun. By learning the
rhythms of the music it will also improve your zill playing. Next
time you see a workshop that offers drumming, go ahead sign up and start
exploring the wonderful world of rhythm.
What you will find on this page are links to learning the dombec and other
Middle Eastern instruments, the rhythms of Middle Eastern
about drumming, vendors who sell Middle Eastern
instruments, instructional videos, drum
& Middle Eastern musical instrument websites and drum
webrings. Happy drumming.
Fingers of Fury - online drumming school will give you everything you need to learn the Darbuka/Doumbek and Frame drum.'
Here you will find over 100 tutorial videos for Darbuka! Often called Derbouka, Darbouka, Doumbek or the Belly Dance drum. Play along with backing tracks, meet people in the forum, study from the e-book, catch the new webcam update videos and learn from one of the most passionate drummers you will ever meet! Take a look at what members can access!
Eastern Rhythms FAQ (rhythms for middle eastern dance for dumbek,
dumbec, doumbec, doumbek, Arabic tabla, darabuka, tombak, zarb ...) -
awesome web site, contains a lot of information and MIDI sound files.
A Quick and
Dirty Guide to Doumbek Rhythms - website by Mas'ud al-Sha'ir.
Rhythm Web: the doumbek page
- very informative page the doumbek.
Lessons from Randy Gloss! - from Rhythm Web
Middle Eastern Music
Doumbek Rhythms - contains six rhythms.
- learn about various Middle Eastern instruments. The history,
rhythms and care of the Tabla, zills, riqs, defs, oud and more. -
from Middle Eastern Dance page
Guide - covers 10 rhythms and has sound files so you can hear how
the rhythm should sound
Patterns & Riffs - page has written notation and glossary
About Drumming, Music and Rhythm
Rhythms for Cabaret Belly Dance Routine - by Mary Ellen Donald
for your Tabla - short list of helpful hints about your drum
Drummer's Advice to Beginning Dancer's - by Kirk Templeton
for Dancers and Dancing for Drummer's - by Frank Lazzaro
Middle Eastern Drum
History - from Ja's website
Virtuosity of Souhail Kaspar - by Karl Sprowl
Review of Music and Rhythm: (from a belly dancer's point of view) -
by Roxann (Ann Sabin) This paper is organized into two sections.
The first section is a very basic introduction to music and notation,
and has a general application. The second section applies the first
section's vocabulary and knowledge to middle eastern rhythms heard in
belly dancing music.
and Reason Series - by Mary Ellen Donald
Middle Eastern Rhythms - by Frank Lazzaro
Vendors of Middle Eastern Instruments
Earth - contains audio files so you can hear how the drums sound
Circle Drums - is a renowned maker of ceramic doumbeks. Their hand-made drums are created in Santa Barbara, California, and are
in the Morning - large selection of doumbeks
Mid-East Manufacturing - the ethnic
musical instrument company
Rhythm Fusion: Hand
Drums, Musical Percussion Instruments and Sound Makers from Around the
Videos & CD's
Arabic Percussion with Faisal Zedan:
Derbakki Fundamentals - This Derbakki Fundamentals instructional DVD is rich with essential technique, designed for the professional percussionist or hobbyist who wishes to progress rapidly with the Derbakki (Doumbek, Darabouka, Darbuka)
Kessler (The Dombek Video) - has been playing music
professionally since the age of 15, and has been performing M iddle
Eastern music since 1981. He has performed with many of the world’s
greatest Arabic, Turkish, and Armenian musicians, and is in demand to
play for Middle Eastern dancers throughout the United States. He has
taught Doumbek drumming for the University of California Santa
Barbara’s Middle East Ensemble as well as in classes and workshops.
Mafufo - Armando,
(Uncle Mafufo), is a master of shading and textures on the dumbek. He is
a melodic drummer and enjoys playing the powerful tabl beledi and an
assortment of Middle Eastern frame drums. He is also a renowned teacher
on these instruments.
Middle Eastern Drum &
Musical Instruments Websites
Mary Ellen Donald
(note: these drum webrings include all types of drum information)
Makers - webring for makers of drums
- The Drumming webring features sites by drummers,
sites that are prominent in percussion music, and sites that offer drums
and drumkits for sale and related instruction and accessories.
Circles - This web is dedicated to anyone who has a web page about
drumming circles. Sites must be about public drumming circles and not just
about drums and drumming.