Doumbek Rhythm Cheat Sheet. Uploaded by Carmine T. Guida. This is a rhythm sheet I used to give out in classes. Please feel free to share this as much as you. Dumbek rhythms are a collection of rhythms that are usually played with hand drums such as the dumbek. These rhythms are various combinations of these. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Music Rhythms: Diagrams and Performance Aids .. and rolls. Darbuka Belly doumbek solo with a frame drum back up.

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Drummers tend to have fun filling in the end of the rhythm in various, sometimes unexpected, ways. Many folks start out learning two sounds: It has always seemed easier to differentiate the two Teks, primary and secondary, with two completely separate verbal designations of duombek and ‘Ka’, especially since I teach rhythms by the ‘chant’ method.

Dumbek rhythms

Many tunes are in measures of 2 with a tendency to use triplets to fill the rhythm — so they may sound or count more like 6s. Posted by Salah Said. Miserlou starts at 2: Let me point out that it is not the number of rhythms you can play, it’s more about being able to communicate clearly with the vocabulary you have.

Current Zembekikia are a pale shadow of what I saw then. It is presumably named after the Turkish instrument that has strings tuned an octave apart. The rhythmic modes of Arab music are known as iqa’at singular iqa’or sometimes as awzan singular wazn.

The flamenco rhythm tradition partially grew upon roots of Arabic tradition and the nuba is still considered primarily “Andalusian” although it is also a part of the traditional classical music of most of north Africa. Where do we start? In this area, the muwashshah genre became popular in Aleppo, Syria.


The rhythm from that area has an almost Latin sound to it.

Traditionally, applause was not sought nor commonly given, out of respect. Americans use it to designate one particular rhythm: Translations of this page:. A ‘K’ on the chart represents a ‘Tek’ struck with the secondary hand. Usually this difference can be heard in the melody.

AksakEncyclopedia Brittanica Online, Web. Soldier takes the stage to perform during a concert.

Use a fixed width font rgythms view the rhythms if you cut and paste them into another document. Guy Schalom demonstrates Egyptian baladi style vs Mediterranean: Ayyuub is also quite common at a faster or much faster pace in belly dance music and music for folk line dances.

Maqam World Arabic Rhythms with diagrams and audio files.

Doumbek Rhythm Cheat Sheet

There is little or no evidence about how these rhythms were applied specifically to percussion instruments. Patterns of Rhythm From Families of Drums.

Rhythmic filler, ornaments and flourishes are indicated using t, k, and tk; these should be played with less emphasis than the primary sounds.

Drum Tutorials on You Tube. Video that uses the call-response model to decide when to fill-in ornaments and rolls. Aksak Semaivery lyrical. Keti Sharif, Belly dance. I’ve only heard Arabic people who teach use this terminology Big thanks to Csaba Szegedi — he’s working on the new version.

The gradations of sound and tone come with practice and interest.

Quick and Dirty Guide to the Doumbek

The Masmoudi I’ve reverted to the common transliteration rhythm is characteristically a joining of two 4-beat phrases. Rythms ‘T’ on the chart below represents a ‘Tek’ struck with the primary hand. Arabic writers tend to describe such things and music and dance rather poetically in terms of impressions and feelings and effect on audience rather than give much technical detail of form or technique.

The timing chart consists of a string of numbers i. Dere Giliyor Dere but a very similar pattern is used with only a slight change of emphasis. A “rest” in music is a space for a note that is not played.


If you start a rhythm, stick with it for at least sixteen measures.

Until then, please forgive me this failing. Turkish music in an American cabaret with zills. Tom Pixton plays Mombar. Arabic, Turkish, and Persian. Additionally there is a long standing division between folk and academic classical music in Arabic tradition — I think most scholars found it beneath them to study or at least write about folk music. The first item I can’t help you with except to say that there are several merchants with web sites who sell doumbeks at very reasonable prices and I urge you to look them up.

Of course the rhythms can also be played on other instruments. I loved vari Zembekiko and Tsamiko vari – heavy: Jean During a modern westerner who studies traditional Persian music has written about Persian music theory in both English and French.

As each successive Tek strikes the head, you draw the secondary hand up, across the head, towards the primary hand, causing the timber of the Tek to go up. Therefore there are a few rhythms that seem very different to melodists but somewhat the same for the drummer. May be thought of having an oom-pah rhythm, but if you POP the second beat that does not work well.

Bolero is usually played more slowly and often with a sort of triplet near the beginning — it is used to accompany songs like “Erev Shel Shoshanim” and “Miserlu”. What’s the earliest documented rhythm? It is important to match the rhythm of the music — perhaps sometimes they sound like “long 2s” or “short 7s”.