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In my opinion - DVD or Video is the best teaching aid after having an actual live teacher. You can see and hear what is going on and you can stop and rewind whenever you need to focus on something particular. There are quite a few videos covering Arabic / Mid. East. / N. Africa / Turkish percussion and here I give you a list of all those I have found. To order any of them follow any link provided or just type in the title and author into a search engine to find who may be selling them.

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INTRODUCTION / BASIC - DARABUKA.  INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED - DARABUKA. TURKISH SPLIT HAND
DRUMMING FOR DANCERS. FRAME DRUMS. RIQS. ZILLS.

To answer the question I am asked many times - " which are the best instructional DVD's out there ?" I will list right now the best two in my opinion for Beginners and for Advanced / Drumming For Dancers:

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  • ARABIC PERCUSSION - DERBAKKI FUNDAMENTALS INSTRUCTIONAL DRUM DVD with Faisal Zedan

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    I have chosen to highlight this particular learning resource as I believe it is the best educational tool currently available on the market for a serious, detailed and well presented explanation of Middle Eastern percussion. To qualify my judgement of this product I would like to explain that I am a predominantly self-taught player who has taken expert instruction from some of the world’s best players of Middle Eastern percussion. I started around 20 years ago with one video and a couple of rhythm identification CDs, since then the market has become flooded with dozens of DVD’s, CD’s books and many Internet resources. Most of these products have something really useful to learn about Middle Eastern percussion and of course there are many different interpretations of the rhythms according to regional difference and the personal interpretation of the individual player. What I like so much about this product is that it covers all the areas I believe are fundamental to understanding and playing correctly the Darabuka. This DVD is excellent value for money – you get over 2 hours drum instruction and performance, combined with that, almost 50 pages of supplementary information in the form of a downloadable PDF document. The production quality of the video shoot is of a high standard with useful on screen notation and the instructor, Faisal, is clear and concise. The accompanying eBook gives essential information about concepts in Middle Eastern music which are very important for the serious student to understand such as Mizan, Wazan, Maqam, Taqsim, Muwashahaat, Tarab etc. as well as presenting a very clear introduction to notation of the rhythms. There is a very well balanced explanation of the different styles of playing technique and how each is suited to the different styles of music to be found across the Middle East, North Africa, Gulf and Turkey. This acknowledgement of all the variations in drums, rhythms, names, playing styles, techniques etc. is one of the very strong aspects of this package; it encompasses all the different interpretations with clear explanation. A good example is the explanation of why the term Ka is used in the West but not so in the countries of origin, Faisal and David clearly understand the market this package is aimed at and they do an excellent job in unravelling all the inconsistencies and contradictions which can be found when learning this style of drumming. The primary and secondary sounds played on the Darabuka are also fully covered with clear explanation and demonstration and examples are given of how to incorporate these sounds and techniques into the commonly heard rhythms like Maqsoum, Malfuf and Masmoudi. Separation of senses is not often addressed in tuition DVD’s and again the explanation is clear with many dazzling examples. Approximately 30 rhythms are then played by Faisal from across the Arabic world with various embellishments and variations, the accompanying eBook gives notation for the basic forms and some filled versions, there is also a good explanation of the “family” of rhythms and how and where they are usually played. Some good coordination exercises are given to help execute some of the concepts previously demonstrated. Next up is a fantastic look at solo ideas for working with bellydancers, this is a topic not often covered and here Faisal presents 14 commonly heard phrases with accompanying notation in the eBook, the phrase is played at normal speed and then the film is slowed down so you can make sense of what is happening. A nice explanation of how the relationship between dancer and drummer works, is also given in the eBook. Now David joins in playing Katem whilst Faisal demonstrates all the phrases against the backing rhythm of David – a truly very clear, detailed and sublime explanation and demonstration all covered is such an economic way. Percussion only playing has been presented so far and now a demonstration of playing with melody is given with the expert playing of Samer Farah on Qanoon and Faisal accompanying on clay darabuka illustrating all the concepts of accompanying melody players as discussed in the eBook, they play two well known compositions – Dulab Kurd and Saba Samer. Finally for pure indulgence pleasure, there is a great jam between Faisal, Sait Arat and Emin Bolat in Emin’s shop with his signature drums. An excellent demonstration of how the best drummers work together giving each other solid backing whilst each takes it in turn to show off their virtuosity and improvisational skills. As well as all this there is the wonderful CD - MADAR featuring Faisal and Samer playing classic Arabic Instrumental music and improvisations, great for playing along to or pure listening pleasure. In conclusion I would say this is definitely not just a beginners DVD, it starts at the beginning but swiftly moves on to introduce more advanced concepts. It is perfect for the serious student who really wants to achieve on the Darabuka. It may be a little overwhelming for the beginner who is looking for a slow and gentle introduction but there are plenty of DVD’s out there which cover this. The contextualisation of the darabuka in the Middle Eastern world as well as how it is developing in the West is perfectly balanced. Faisal is from the Levant region and consequently the style, interpretation and technique he uses are predominantly of this flavour but I really like the acknowledgement he gives to other styles and interpretation which is superbly illustrated in the final jam with the Turkish players. The only other DVD, which in my opinion, matches this DVD is the “La Darbouka – Introduction Tutor – Percussions of the Arabic World DVD” by Ali Alaoui which gives a very good introduction to Arabic percussion from the Maghrebi perspective with equally generous extras. David is to be congratulated on producing a very well balanced, informative, quality product and Faisal for his undeniably superb playing and most importantly a clear, concise and measured teaching style.

    The latest news is Faisal and David have followed up this great DVD with their next one -
    BELLY DANCE DRUM SOLOS: CONCEPTS FOR DANCERS AND DRUMMERS which I am sure will up to the same high standard and I will review as soon as possible.

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  • BELLY DANCE DRUM SOLOS – CONCEPTS FOR DANCERS AND DRUMMERS DVD with Mariyah and Faisal Zedan

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    Here we have the eagerly anticipated follow up to Faisal Zedan’s ARABIC PERCUSSION - DERBAKKI FUNDAMENTALS INSTRUCTIONAL DRUM DVD which I have reviewed earlier. There are a few DVD’s now on the market covering this particular area and I would again like to say that I judge this one to be the most clear, concise and thorough examination, demonstration and explanation of how to drum for dancers. To qualify my ability to pass judgement I would like to inform you that I have been playing darabuka for 20 years and have played solo for many dancers in many performance situations and I specialise in teaching drummers and dancers in the art of understanding how to begin working together. So let’s start an examination of the DVD. First thing to say is it is presented by Faisal and Mariyah a dancer from the States and this is naturally an essential aspect in terms of learning how to drum for dancers, you need to have an expert dancer who can help explain things from a dancers perspective and Mariyah excels in bringing this aspect to the DVD. There are many DVD’s on the market about Dancing To A Drum Solo from a dancers perspective and often they may include live drummers but very often the information is very limited for a student drummers perspective. In this DVD the information is certainly weighted more heavily to the drummer but there is an awful lot that a dancer will learn from a dance perspective and I would urge any dancer wondering if they should get this DVD to most definitely do so. Both drummer and dancer must learn about each other’s art to have any hope in being able to communicate with each other in a performance context. Learning the “language” of the drum will aid immeasurably to the dancer in helping them explain, in drummer language, what sort of thing they want to hear from the dancer when composing a routine together.

    The DVD starts with several titles explaining the video is intended as a presentation of demonstrations to watch or follow. Crucially it is stated the concepts presented are NOT broken down or taught in detail. This is a statement to get people to understand that the categorization of this DVD – Intermediate / Advanced is exactly what it means. There are a plethora of Beginners DVDs for dancers and drummers and what is needed now are more titles like this one taking the improving student to higher levels. So be advised but don’t be too scared either ! At any level you will benefit enormously from the information provided, just be aware you will need to have done quite a lot of previous work to be able to begin achieving what is covered here. You will get so many ideas, concepts, structure, feeling and spirit of drum solos to enrich your understanding and ideas for your own compositional ideas at whatever level you may be at.

    INTRODUCTION – now we get a personal introduction from the teachers covering most of what I have already said. There is also a sensible focus on explaining how to prepare in terms of staying relaxed and for dancers warm up exercises which Mariyah then proceeds to demonstrate to BEYATI TAKSIM from Faisal’s CD – MADAR. ( Go buy by the way – it’s excellent ) Faisal then takes the drummers through important aspects like stretching exercises, paying attention to posture and breathing.

    RHYTHMS: PLATFORMS FOR THE DANCE – A Drum Solo may include parts which just comprise of a basic rhythm with minimal fills but no riffs and they are presented by Faisal with demonstrations of some commonly used dance steps by Mariyah. We have the usual rhythms of Masmoudi Saghir, Maqsoum, Saiddi, Fallahi, Malfuf and Ayub and they have onscreen notation.

    THE BEAT, TEMPO and RHYTHM CHANGE - Here we have an explanation of the importance of the underlying beat, the tempo and changing from one rhythm to another. Faisal then gives the following examples – Maqsoum to Malfuf, Maqsoum to Fallahi, Masmoudi Saghir to Masmoudi Kebir, Masmoudi Kebir to Malfuf.

    PUTTING THE DRUM SOUNDS INTO MOVEMENT – Now there is more focus from a dancers perspective and Mariyah covers the basic concept of matching the dynamics of the drum sounds with appropriate moves in the body. Thankfully she reiterates the fact that it is not necessary or even desirable for a dancer to attempt to interpret every sound the drum produces. In my personal teaching experience I find this one of the biggest misconceptions and stumbling blocks dancers have and so it is excellent Mariyah states this point. She then goes on to demonstrate some moves to the basic tones of the drum i.e. Doums, Taks, Suk ( Slaps ) and Tuq ( muted and muted sliding Kas ) Next there is a demonstration of Faisal playing Drum Riffs with Mariyah interpreting them with dance examples. This is done by a basic rhythm being played and then a Riff repeated several times then back to the rhythm and the process repeated several times. So for example, Malfuf and then different riffs. Now you will notice there is NO ONSCREEN NOTATION OR BREAKDOWN OF THE RIFFS. You will realise you need to be quite advanced to work out these riffs but be aware some of them have been covered before in Faisal’s earlier DVD where they were slowed down and broken down with onscreen notation, but there are plenty of new ones here.

    STRUCTURE OF SOLOS – INTRO / PHRASES - A solo may begin with a rhythm but they may also start with rhythmic phrases. This is in my opinion a crucial basic concept – drum solos have phrases in them, which are repeated like a rhythm but are not rhythms. You want to amass or create as many as you can and mix and match with rhythm and riffs. Our teachers now proceed to give several phrases, which can be used as an opener or elsewhere in the solo. Some are repeated from Faisal’s previous DVD and there are new ones too. PHRASES OVER A RHYTHM – Next the basic concept of the rule of repeating a phrase so that a dancer may hear it the first time giving herself usually three more opportunities to hear it again which she can then embellish. Of course they could be only repeated twice, which is stated but a rule of four is preferable for drummer and dancers new to this concept. We are now joined by the DVD producer David on Frame Drum, to hold the rhythm whilst Faisal can then go off to play the phrases with a rhythmic backing. We have several Maqsoum followed by Malfuf version demonstrations. Malfuf No. 3 is fantastic and is going straight into my repertoire ! Mariyah is on hand for all versions to demonstrate many different interpretations. FREE or ARHYTHMIC PHRASES – Very often in the Solo is when the bass rhythm ( if you have backing accompaniment of course ) stops playing and the drummer and dancer move closer together and the drummer presents more “intimate” phraseology and riffs usually quite different from what has gone before. Lots of tremolos, shimmying, sliding taks, tempo reductions, rolls with accented slaps and so on. ENDINGS – In my opinion probably the most important aspect of the solo. Faisal talks a bit about either discussing this before a performance and how to communicate on stage whilst actually doing it and presenting an ending which is clear in it’s intention. Several examples follow.

    CHOREOGRAPHY – Now it is time to put this all together and a choreography is presented, in sections this time and each one is explained firstly by Mariyah from a dancers perspective with detailed instruction. Faisal is joined by David on Frame Drum and Jason Ramirez on Doholla and the example is presented several times with rhythmic accompaniment. A nice touch this saves you reaching for the rewind button too often. This continues through 17 sections ! – so yes you are getting value for money here, everything covered before is presented in this choreography.

    CHOREOGRAPHY PERFORMANCE – Finally we see the fruits of our learning and the whole choreography is performed in its entirety.

    IMPROVISATIONS - So we have been introduced to the structured pre-planned Drum Solo but of course they can be totally improvised. To demonstrate this Mariyah and Faisal give us several improvisations to sit back and enjoy.

    And that’s it – Phew !! The DVD clocks in at just under 2 hours and it is a great testament that David, Faisal and Mariyah have so succinctly packed in all you need to know about a Drum Solo for both drummers and dancers into such little time. However 2 hours of this quality instruction and presentation for the price is excellent value for your buck ( or whatever ) Yet again I have to say the teaching is clear, concise and very well informed and presented. Is there any criticism? Well no actually there is not, I have taught this topic for a long time and there was nothing at all I could think of to add or which could be presented better or clearer. It is important to remember that there is no rule book on this subject and it has evolved over a very long period of time and different people do it very differently but the fundamental concepts have been absolutely nailed by the producers and instructors. Faisal is extremely generous in offering a large array of phrases, riffs and combination but be aware there are hundreds more out there and many more to be invented too. If you were able to master everything shown in this DVD you would have a mighty arsenal of tools to work with but as the instructors say themselves, try to come up with your own formats and phraseology. Level ? Well yes this IS an Intermediate / Advanced DVD and don’t go in thinking it will be OK if you know a couple of rhythms and have been to a couple of weekend workshops. This is for those people who have put in a lot of work and are very familiar with a lot of rhythms, technique and have some grasp of combination work and phraseology. It is NOT broken down to an introductory level so make sure you get Faisal’s first DVD and work though that – it will give you all the skills and knowledge you need to undertake this one. Remember many of the phrases have been broken and slowed down with on-screen notation in the earlier DVD. I think Mariyahs input was very good and as I mentioned any serious dance student should get this DVD too to enhance their knowledge of the Drum Solo, which has more of a drummers slant and will help them understand our perspective. There was no real mention or discussion of who can lead who and how is that done but believe me that is best left for another time and is really not an easy subject to cover. This DVD is firmly presenting the dancer following what the drummer is playing and that is a very good solid platform to start with. Rhythmic accompaniment is usual in parts of the Drum Solo but not everyone has access to this. I myself often play a whole solo without accompaniment and to get round this I use a lot of separation of senses to try to replicate accenting and phraseology against a rhythm. This is not covered in this DVD and that is fine as it is not so traditional and is also another whole topic in itself.

    OK, enough said – it’s a 10/10. Another triumph from David and Faisal and now Mariyah – if you want the best instructional DVD from a drummers perspective mainly on how to play a traditional style Drum Solo then look no further.

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LA DARBOUKA – INTRODUCTION TUTOR – PERCUSSIONS OF THE ARABIC WORLD.
by Ali Alaoui.


2 DVD's with 112 page booklet in French & English
This double DVD is the latest volume of  “Le Salon de Musique” series (Improductions Publishing). It is dedicated to the percussion instrument that best represents the Arabic World’s musical culture. Achieved by Philippe Nasse, Ali Alaoui and Thibaut Laurent, the work leads us into an initiatory trip that divides into two main parts: a documentary film and an introductory Darbuka tutor book.
In addition to this the 2-DVD set includes some extra material such as a method to adapt darbuka polyrhythms to drumset playing.
Going up and down classical, traditional and folk musics of Morocco, the learner gets familiar with the Aissaoua brotherhood, North-African trance music, the musicians of the Arabo-Andalusian Music Academy (Conservatoire de Musique Arabo-Andalouse) in Fès, and the RTM (national television and radio network) Orchestra, conducted by Azedine Montassere. Among the many fascinating scenes of the film is the very moving encounter with Mohamed Laaroussi, one of the most important creators of Moroccan folk music and the visit paid by Ali Alaoui to the craftsmen who make goblet drums all year long, showing how many different kinds of people have their lives in some way or another bound up to the Darbuka.
As for the 112-page tutor, it includes whatever you might expect from a good instruction book to introduce yourself to the art of darbuka-playing: nice, convenient format, close links with the documentary’s content, plenty of useful details including descriptive snapshots, precise instructions for each phrasing studied, scores of all studied pieces (western music type scores), musical diversity, discography, bibliography and a convenient, comprehensive glossary.
More, this method also includes a small introduction to a number other instruments of the same musical region such as Bendir, Riq, sagat, tarija, tbila, tbel, qraqebs, tassa and bouznazel.
- DVD PAL 4/3 Colour, All Zones - Booklet : 112 pages (English, French) - total duration : 150 min - Documentary - More than 100 rhythms et polyrhythms
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RHYTHMS OF THE ARAB WORLD VOL. 1 - ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUE FOR THE TABLA / DOUMBEK / DARABUKA.
by Karim Nagi.


The Tabla,also known as the Doumbek and Darabuka,is an ancient instrument of the Arab World, and is rarely absent from any celebration. This goblet-shaped drum is used folk, popular and classical music throughout the Middle East and neighboring countries. Many around the world are drawn to this captivating instrument. With Rhythms of the Arab World Volume 1, world-renowned percussionist Karim Nagi will teach you the essential technique and rhythms so you can be playing with live bands, drum circles and dancers.

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian teacher and performer of Arab music and dance. He is an internationally known percussionist who specializes is the Egyptian Tabla (a.k.a. Doumbek,Darabuka),the Riqq (tambourine),as well as frame drums and finger cymbals. His projects include the internationally sold Turbo Tabla CDs,the ultra traditional Sharq Ensemble, and his Arab Dance Seminar. His appearances include New England Conservatory, Yale University, The Kennedy Center, and the Egyptian Cultural Bureau. For more information on Karim Nagi,visit www.karimnagi.com

Chapters
1. Posture
2. Sounds: Dum, Tak, Ka, Sak, Is,
3. Technique Exercises
4. Switching Between Rhythms
5. Basic Ornaments
6. Rolls
7. Ayyoub
8. Masmudi
9. Maqsum
10. Malfuf
11. Wahda
12. Saidi
13. Sudasi
14. Saudi
15. Bonus Performance
16. Bloopers

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DOUMBEK TECHNIQUE & RHYTHMS FOR ARABIC PERCUSSION, BELLYDANCE & DRUM CIRCLES.
by Amir Naoum.


Learn to play doumbek (dumbek, darbuka) with New York's most beloved Arabic percussionist, the master instructor, the one and only Amir Naoum! If you are a beginning drummer, this DVD will serve as a very accessible, friendly and solid introduction to the art of Middle Eastern percussion.
If you are a dancer, Amir Naoum's clear introduction to the most popular bellydance rhythms and their more subtle variations will help you learn to recognize the rhythms, even in their most sophisticated forms. Born in Syria and raised in Lebanon, Amir Naoum has played in NYC Arabic clubs, for family celebrations and bellydance shows for over 30 years. He has contributed generously to the success of most New York star bellydancers and Middle Eastern percussionists. Amir's method of teaching Middle Eastern rhythms and doumbek technique have helped many dancers and drummers take their first steps toward understanding Middle Eastern rhythms, and develop toward higher levels of musicality and doumbek playing technique. Amir is known for his warm, welcoming, encouraging teaching style and for helping dancers at every level of skill do their best in performance. This program is a beginner-level doumbek instructional course with a lot of beyond-the-basics information and spectacular demonstrations of Middle Eastern drumming and dance rhythms.
FEATURES:
• Syllabic notation is displayed onscreen, progressively changing in real time as the instructor plays the rhythms, rhythm variations, and exercises;
• Extensive chapter selection menus with individual access to each rhythm, exercise, type of sound, etc.
• Onscreen titles identify chapters, names of rhythms, sounds and exercises at all times for easy navigation.
• Detailed instructions of how to hold the doumbek, how to produce the basic doumbek strokes: dum (doum), tek, ka (the secondary hand "tek"), pop (ketem) and slap (sek); • Introduction to the types of doumbeks: clay doumbeks with fish (goat) skin vs tunable doumbeks with plastic head; soumbati doumbeks;
• 9 exercises to develop finger strength and nimbleness and master the basic sounds and the most typical sound combinations;
• Practice = Play Along - Follow Amir Naoum as he plays the exercises you've just learned;
• Detailed explanation of the most popular Middle Eastern music / dance / bellydance rhythms; demonstration of basic and "filled" versions of the rhythms, ways to play them, demonstrations of rhythms "Arabic-style," comments on what rhythms are modern / traditional / popular among Arab drummers;
Demonstration of the rhythms you've just learned by the two masters of Arabic percussion - Amir Naoum (doumbek) and Aziz Abbas (riq); enjoy the full scale of subtleties and rhythms embellishments and be inspired to play!

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MODERN DARBUKA TECHNIQUE VOL 1.
By Ruben van Rompaey.

A complete guide to modern darbuka technique. Covering subjects such as the Turkish split hand technique, single strokes, rolls, special effects and much more!! Chapters: 31.  Play along tracks: 3.  Total playing time: 1h36m. Ruben van Rompaey (1978, Bergen op Zoom, Holland) became well known for his cd trilogy “Eastern Expressions” within the international musical scenes of World music and Bellydance. As solo artist and workshop leader he performed at a variety of national and international Jazz and Bellydance festivals, which brought him to countries like USA and Japan. Ruben is winner of several awards, such as the Tama Drummer’s Award (1999), Erasmus Jazz Award (2001) and a special Scholarship (2001). After having obtained his master degree cum laude at the conservatory Ruben taught at the conservatory for several years, before finally founding his own Eastern Expressions International School of Drums & Percussion in Rotterdam, with the notorious: “Be Yourself” as the school’s vision. Besides his active career as a solo artist Ruben currently has six albums released. He also is the author of three methods for darbuka, which has yet been translated into various languages. Recently Ruben’s own signature cymbals have been released by Turkish Cymbals Istanbul.

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INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE EASTERN RHYTHMS.
with Issam Houshan.

In this DVD geared towards beginners, you will learn the basic skills and proper technique for a doumbek performance. After reviewing proper body, arm and hand positions, Issam will break down doumbek technique and common rhythms used in bellydance and Middle Eastern drumming for drummers and dancers. Issam Houshan is one of the greatest tabla players of all time. His skills and techniques are unmatched. As a master, he has played for singers and dancers such as Cheb Mami, Ragheb Alama, Samara, and Haweda Al Hashem. Issam was a featured drummer for Sting on his “Desert Rose” tour.
DVD Extras Drum solo performance with Sonïa and Issam. Jam session with Issam and Sonïa. A special documentary featuring Issam visiting Damascus, Syria, to discuss the origin of his art.

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FOUNDATIONS OF ARABIC RHYTHM VOLUME 1
by Souhail Kaspar.

Learn Egyptian Tabla (Doumbek) and Tambourine (Riqq) With Souhail Kaspar Souhail Kaspar, internationally renowned Arabic percussion master, has created a unique home study series that places you right at his side. Souhail is a passionate teacher, bridging the discipline of classical Arabic conservatory tradition with Western instructional styles. On this DVD, Souhail clearly and patiently demonstrates the foundations of proper technique with easy-to-learn, essential rhythms. Invaluable for beginners, this volume is also a key resource for experienced drummers who will gain from studying classical technique developing endurance, clarity of tone and precise timing.
• For Beginning Drummers: Learn the right way, from the start and get on the path to mastery!
• For Middle East Dancers: Gain a rhythmic understanding that will help your dancing style.
• For Experienced Drummers: Build your percussion foundation and develop your strength.

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WORLDPERCUSSION 2 - RIQ AND DARBUKA.
by David Kuckhermann.

Both DVDs are in PAL format and country-code free.
• features:
• each DVD more than 2 hours of playing time
• detailed demonstration from the very basics to advanced techniques (finger snapping, rolls, stroke-combinations)
• slow-motion close-up shots from each technique and rhythm
• a collection of oriental dance rhythms
• various short performances
• English, German and Spanish language
• on-screen notation

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BASIC RHYTHMS FOR ARABIC DRUM
by Uncle Mafufo.

The rhythms are presented in Armando's relaxed and friendly style, in easy-to-grasp language, patient instruction, close-up visual detail, and illustrative solos. The rhythms in Dun, Tec and Ca language are printed on the back cover for easy reference. Demonstration goes from basic to more advanced possibilities.
14 Traditional Rhythmic Modes  
Rhythms are Ayoob, Karachi, Malfoof, Saudi (Khaligi), Maksoom, Sahidi, Beledi, Wahed Tawila (Wahida), Vals, Zebula (Darig), Masmoodi Kabir, Chiftitelli, Karsilama, and Romany 9 (Sulukule).
The DVD format also has a bonus performance. 59 minutes.

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ARABIC PERCUSSION
by Yinon Muallem.

On this unique and personal instructional DVD, Instructor Yinon Muallem teaches 5 different Arab percussion instruments: Darbuka (also known as Doumbek), Riqq, Mazhar, Duff and Zils, with a greater focus on the Darbuka and the Riqq. The video starts with the basics, and continues with the teaching of popular rhythms, so that even people with no previous experience whatsoever in music can become proficient on these drums. The video is easy to follow, and the instructions are very clear. As the lessons progress, you will learn nine different rhythms. The concluding segment of the video includes a review of all the rhythms, in the order in which they were taught. It will allow you to practice, and even improvise, on your own. Mr. Muallem teaches with a sincere desire to make learning enjoyable. An instructional booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD.

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THE QUICK GUIDE TO PLAYING DOUMBEK.
by Todd Roach.

A comprehensive and concise approach for learning how to play the popular Middle Eastern Doumbek drum. Progressive lessons that teach proper tones and rhythmic combinations are integrated directly into playing traditional Middle Eastern rhythms and their infinite variations for your immediate satisfaction. Todd's highly accessible and practiced approach to teaching Doumbek creates a solid, in-depth foundation for all beginning and intermediate drummers. Information covered includes: • Proper "Dun", "Ta", and "Slap" tones. • Special "Developing Rhythmic Accuracy" lessons. • Traditional Baladi, Maksoum and various 3-3-2 rhythms. • Performances of traditional rhythms with the Middle Eastern Ney and Doumbek. • Face-to-face lesson review with second Doumbek player. • Insightful personal interviews and variations. Featuring special guest Fred Stubbs playing the Ney. For Beginning through Intermediate skill levels. In English, Spanish, and Japanese. 58 minutes.

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ART OF ARABIC DRUMMING.
by Trevor Salloum.

Doumbek, dumbek, Arabic tabla, darbuka and derbeki are all names to describe the Middle Eastern drum that has intrigued generations for thousands of years. The Art of Arabic Drumming DVD is an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of this exotic instrument and explore the mystique of its music. Well known author and percussionist Trevor Salloum takes you on a journey into his Middle Eastern roots and provides a clear presentation of tuning, positioning, strokes, exercises, notation, timing, ear training, soloing and common rhythms. If that is not enough, this DVD includes a rare, special feature performance of world-renowned Middle Eastern percussionist Michel Merhej Baklouk. Suitable for all levels, this DVD is sure to be a unique and valuable addition to your music library.

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DARBUKA WORLD PERCUSSION, VOLUME 2 .
by Nan Mercader.
Welcome to World Percussion, Nan Mercader's percussion method DVD collection. You have a powerful aid in your hands to initiate you into the world of percussion (in five languages: English, French, Italian and Spanish-Castellano and Catalá dialect). Here you will learn the story behind the drum, how to tune it, the correct playing position, the different sounds, hand technique, and study exercises and rhythms. All rhythms are taught with a metronome (click track). Following this you will be able to see and hear the rhythms played by a live band. Finally, you will be able to play along in the Minus One section. A free PDF in English and Spanish including scores of all the exercises and rhythms is available HERE . Also included are tips on buying an instrument, how to organize your study time, and links section to the best sites on the web. Arabian Rhythms: Ayyub, Karachi, Masmudi Kabir, Fezzani, Barwali, Maqsoum, Kalamatiano, Turkish five, Shish Hast Karsilama World Rhythms: Rock, Hip-hop, Funk, Habanera.

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BABY BEGINNER DOUMBEK WORKSHOP.
by Carmine T. Guida.

Learn beginner doumbek technique and traditional Middle Eastern rhythms with Carmine T. Guida. This instructional video breaks down the basic hits "Doum", "Tek", and "Ka" and introduces you to your first rhythms: Maqsum, Baladi, Saidi, Ayub and Çiftetelli.

Filmed live in three different locations, this DVD captures Carmine's enthusiasm for teaching and his ability to make drumming accessible to everyone. Bonus Features include music videos and behind the scenes footage.

Carmine is an accomplished instructor, teaching doumbek both nationally and internationally. His students compliment his lively and engaging teaching style and his ability to make complex technique and intricate rhythms easy to learn. Located in New York City, Carmine is a member of several music ensembles including Middle Eastern fusion group "Djinn" and traditional music group "The Turkish Band Camp All Stars". Carmine has been featured as a musician on several other CDs and DVDs.

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DUMBEK FEVER 1.
by Raquy Danziger.


Dumbek Fever I - Beginner / Intermediate Levels
Learn the Art of Middle Eastern Drumming! with Raquy Danziger's Interactive Dumbek Instructional Kit "Dumbek Fever"! 
Included in the Kit:
- Instructional Book - DVD showing dumbek basics step by step - CD of rhythms, variation, and solos – you play the lead! - Photographs of all hand positions - Traditional Rhythms from all over the Middle East - Ornamentation and finger rolls - How to accompany belly dancers - Transcriptions and recording of dumbek solos and duets - Bonus audio and video tracks of Raquy and the Cavemen!

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THE DUMBEK.
With Jonathan Kessler.

The Dumbek DVD covers beginning to advanced techniques in the Arabic drumming style - the clearest, most exciting way to play the dumbek. Features unique "play along" sections accompanied by a full band so you can apply the rhythms in a musical setting. It takes you through simple rhythms in an easy to learn manner. You'll learn these important Middle Eastern rhythms: Beledi, Maqsum, Chiftetelli, Malfuf, Khaligi, Ayyub and Karsilamas. You'll also learn advanced skills such as switching rhythms and developing your internal time sense, as well as how to play dumbek for bellydancers.
Filmed in the 1980s, this a video transfer to DVD.

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THE 1ST EDITION OF LEARNING THE TABLAH.
With Yasser Abdou.

This 1st Edition of Learning the Tablah Drumming is taught by Yasser Abdou, one of the most famous drummers in Egypt, who has worked with Hakim, Nagwa Kara, Mustafa Amar, and many others.

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TIME ZONE.
by Marla Leigh and Ken Shorley.

"TIME ZONE provides exciting practice material for darabuka (doumbek) and frame drum.
For beginners, this DVD provides a solid and clear introduction to two styles of Middle Eastern drumming.
For drummers who are ready to move beyond the basics, TIME ZONE contains a wealth of new material to learn and practice.
Beginner and intermediate techniques on both drums are explained and demonstrated in detail. Two written scores for each duet are included with the purchase of the DVD – using standard Western notation and an easy-to-follow hand drum notation.
And, in addition to the performances of all eight TIME ZONE duets, each darabuka and
frame drum part is presented individually for clarity and play-along ease.
TIME ZONE is an unique collaboration - featuring Canadian East Coast percussionist Ken Shorley on darabuka, and American West Coast percussionist Marla Leigh on frame drum.
Ideal for hand drummers, drumkit players, belly dancers, drum circle facilitators and educators...
A must-have for anyone interested in hand drumming!
Fun. Inspiring. Educational." Clear footage, close-ups and a friendly patient delivery make learning the basic techniques easy
." - Modern Drummer.

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ORIENTAL RHYTHMS FOR DRUMSET VOL. 1.
by Ruben van Rompaey.

This new DVD from Ruben van Rompaey covers a unique selection of essential oriental rhythms and darbuka techniques translated to drumset.

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ORIENTAL PERCUSSION 2.
By by Lars Bo Kujahn.

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HOW TO PLAY ARABIC DRUM - VIDEO
by Anne Harkin.

* Correct sitting and hand positions * Arabic style hand techniques * The 4/4 Arabic rhythms Baladi, Maksoum and Saaidi * The 2/4 Arabic rhythms Fellahi, Ayoubi, Khaligi and Malfuf * Charts for these rhythms for left and right-handed players * PLUS . . . BONUS excerpts from SHORT CIRCUIT concerts

"Independent Review of Anne Harkin's video How To Play Arabic Drum
Anne Harkin's video on playing middle eastern rhythm is brilliant. It is clear and easy to understand as Anne takes the student through each rhythm with both verbal and good visual direction. Musicians can follow her translation of the pieces into musical notation, and there is a simple easy-to-follow song for each piece for those who can remember a tune but not read music. Educationally, it's excellent. Great players are not always good teachers. In Anne's case she is both a fine musician and a great teacher. I highly recommend this video."
-Dr. Robin Rowland, A.O. - review from author's website.

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INTRODUCTION TO EGYPTIAN DRUMS AND RHYTHMS
by Tim Garside.

I am not sure if this is available any more, please contact Tim to enquire.

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BASIC MIDDLE EASTERN RHYTHMS.
by Michael Beach.

I am not sure if this is available any more, please contact Michael to enquire.

"Brothers of the Baladi presents:
A study in Ethnomusicology
An introduction/demonstration DVD of the most popular drums & percussion instruments from the Middle East
How to choose the right doumbek/drum
The fundamental ways to play the most common basic rhythms:
Baladi and 4/4 variations
Cheftetelli and 4/4 variations
Malfouf 4/4
6/8 and Bandari
Ayoob 2/4
Karsilamas and 9/8 variations
All on doumbek / darbuka AND drumset! Musical Notations are included."

Drummer Michael Beach with guest Ishmael on kanoun, explains and demonstrates riq, def, davul and all styles of drums, basic ethnomusicology, how to choose a drum and basic rhythms on doumbek [with music notation charts]. He also includes drumset techniques for World Music applications. Fantastic for Beginners !

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CURSO BASICO DE DERBAKE A DISTANCIA.
by Oswaldo "El Berywe" Brandan.

I am not sure if this is available any more, please contact Oswaldo to enquire.

Appears to be a Spanish Language only introduction DVD.

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MILLE ET UNE NUITS - DECOUVERTE ET PERFECTIONNEMENT DE LA DARBUKA (DISCOVERY AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE DARBUKA).
by Djamel Mellouk.


Appears to be a French Language only introduction DVD.

"Discovered and deepening of Darbouka with Djamel Mellouk. Through this original and illustrated method of many example, Djamel Mellouk stresses the training of listening, the placement of the hands, the development of the direction of the rate/rhythm, the control of the tempo and the rules of the Eastern music, knowledge essential to the musicians who want to excel in this Article the Eastern dancers will be able to improve and develop their musical sensitivity through the training of the principal Eastern rates/rhythms and the comprehension of the Eastern music" -
Google Translate.

1 hour of recording in French.

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VOICES OF THE DOUMBEK VIDEO.
by Robin Adnan Anders.


N.B. - sorry to say I do NOT recommend this one - Chas.
 
This video offers a series of physical and mental exercises that properly prepare one's mind, body and soul for playing the drum. A wide variety of strokes and techniques are carefully explained and demonstrated. Traditional rhythmic patterns as well as possible personal and modern variations are explored in depth. Several extended demonstrations and solo performances are featured elements of this comprehensive and in-depth approach to playing the doumbek. For the beginner through advanced player. Available on VHS Videotape - 1 hour.

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INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED - DARABUKA.

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DUMBEK FEVER 2.
by Raquy Danziger.


Dumbek Fever II - Advanced Level
Take Your Dumbek Playing to the Next Level! with Raquy Danziger's New Advanced Dumbek Instructional Kit ! 
This Interactive Advanced Level Dumbek Instructional Kit includes:
- Instructional DVD, practice CD and book with photographs of hand positions! - The incredible new Turkish Split Hand Technique! - Fingernail Snaps, Double-Decker Snaps and Persian-style rolls! - Double-time, groupings and a peek at Indian rhythmic Tee Hi endings! - Transcriptions and recordings of belly dance solos, dumbek solos and duets - Transcriptions of dumbek parts to traditional Middle Eastern songs.  Play along with the melody! - Bonus video footage of Raquy and the Cavemen, live! - Notes, recording and video of Raquy’s famous unaccompanied solo, ‘Naked’.

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DUMBEK FEVER III, INSTRUCTIONAL KIT FOR TURKISH SPLIT HAND DRUMMING.
by Raquy Danziger.


Play with speed and dexterity you never imagined!

Raquy Danziger was drawn to Istanbul Turkey to master the Turkish Split Hand Technique. While in Trukey, Raquy had the honor of practicing and learning with master drummer, Bünyamin Olguncan. In Dumbek Fever III, Raquy and Bünyamin break down and demonstrate this incredible new style.

This interactive instructional kit includes everything you need to learn this amazing split hand technique:

- 96 page spiral bound book and 2 hour instructional DVD.
- A detailed breakdown of the required hand positions, along with the techniques and rolls. All demonstrated by Bünyamin.
- How to apply the split hand technique in live performances while in a band, or for belly dancers.
- The unveiling of Raquy’s secret weapon, the two hour Split Hand Drill Series!
- Notation and videos of many compositions are included.
- Astonishing performances by Bünyamin.
- Advice for the awkward transitional period from Arabic to Turkish drumming styles.
- The ins and outs of the drumming scene in Istanbul, Turkey.

Bünyamin’s drumming is a shining example of the split hand technique in Turkey today. He was one of the founding members of the Harem Turkish Percussion Troupe and he performs regularly with Turkish pop star, Tarkan.

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BEGINTERMEDIATE DOUMBEK WORKSHOP.
by Souhail Kaspar.


Begintermediate Doumbek Workshop is the perfect DVD for those who know the basics and want to take the next step. You will learn your first embellishments, exercises for switching between rhythms, how to play the "pop" sound and also the finger roll. This video is the second in a series by workshop teacher Carmine T. Guida and was filmed live at one of his workshops to capture his teaching style and enthusiasm. You'll enjoy learning along with your fellow students.

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FOUNDATIONS OF ARABIC RHYTHM VOLUME 2 - FOR INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED DRUMMERS.
by Souhail Kaspar.


Rhythms: Kungha 4/4, Maqsum 4/4, Classical Masmudi Kabir 8/4, Cabaret Masmudi Kabir 8/4, Traditional Sa’idi 4/4, Modern Sa’idi 4/4, Wahdah Kabirah 4/4 (with 3 variations), Khaliji 4/4, Bolero 4/4, Rhumba 2/4, Malfuf 2/4, plus lots of techniques, rolls, and drum solos.

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RHYTHMS OF THE ARAB WORLD VOL. 2.
by Karim Nagi.


The Tabla, also known as the Doumbek, is an ancient instrument of the Arab World, and is rarely absent from any celebration. This goblet-shaped drum is used folk, popular and classical music throughout the Middle East and neighboring countries. Many around the world are drawn to this captivating instrument. In Rhythms of the Arab World Volume 2, Karim Nagi builds upon the material in Volume 1 and takes you to the next level with challenging rhythms and essential insight on performing with a bellydancer. Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian teacher and performer of Arab music and dance. Running time: 100 min.

Tracks
1 Technique: Left Hand Rolls
2 Technique: Fills
3 Technique: Sak with both hands
4 Technique: Switching Between Rhythms
5 Technique: Drumming for a Dancer (featuring Ava Fleming)
6 Advanced Rhythm: Masmudi Kabir
7 Advanced Rhythm: Fallahi
8 Advanced Rhythm: Samai
9 Advanced Rhythm: York Samai
10 Advanced Rhythm: Adani
11 Advanced Rhythm: Maghrebi
12 Advanced Rhythm: Karachi
13 Advanced Rhythm: Bambi
14 Advanced Rhythm: Wahda Sonbati
15 Special feature: Study Guide
16 Special feature: Musical Notation
17 Special feature: Bonus Performances

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TABLA TRICKS.
by John Sleiman.

Popular Lebanese born Tabla player, John Sleiman, takes his drumming instruction up a level. This DVD is aimed exclusively at intermediate and advanced drummers; it will show you a variety of Tabla tips and tricks, accents and decorations played over many popular Arabic rhythms. If you wish to understand the structure of drumming and take your performance to a higher level, this is for you. The DVD contains slow motion sections to help you follow the movements and is divided into easily navigated sections covering: # Warm-up # Counting Rhythm Bars # Changing Rhythms # Tabla Tricks # When and How to play Tabla Tricks # Tabla Tricks with Rhythm # Drumming for Shimmy # Tabla Solo Explained 16 Special feature: Musical Notation
17 Special feature: Bonus Performances

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TURKISH SPLIT HAND.

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DUMBEK FEVER III, INSTRUCTIONAL KIT FOR TURKISH SPLIT HAND DRUMMING.
by Raquy Danziger.


Play with speed and dexterity you never imagined!

Raquy Danziger was drawn to Istanbul Turkey to master the Turkish Split Hand Technique. While in Trukey, Raquy had the honor of practicing and learning with master drummer, Bünyamin Olguncan. In Dumbek Fever III, Raquy and Bünyamin break down and demonstrate this incredible new style.

This interactive instructional kit includes everything you need to learn this amazing split hand technique:

- 96 page spiral bound book and 2 hour instructional DVD.
- A detailed breakdown of the required hand positions, along with the techniques and rolls. All demonstrated by Bünyamin.
- How to apply the split hand technique in live performances while in a band, or for belly dancers.
- The unveiling of Raquy’s secret weapon, the two hour Split Hand Drill Series!
- Notation and videos of many compositions are included.
- Astonishing performances by Bünyamin.
- Advice for the awkward transitional period from Arabic to Turkish drumming styles.
- The ins and outs of the drumming scene in Istanbul, Turkey.

Bünyamin’s drumming is a shining example of the split hand technique in Turkey today. He was one of the founding members of the Harem Turkish Percussion Troupe and he performs regularly with Turkish pop star, Tarkan.

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MODERN DARBUKA TECHNIQUE VOL 1.
By Ruben van Rompaey.

A complete guide to modern darbuka technique. Covering subjects such as the Turkish split hand technique, single strokes, rolls, special effects and much more!! Chapters: 31.  Play along tracks: 3.  Total playing time: 1h36m. Ruben van Rompaey (1978, Bergen op Zoom, Holland) became well known for his cd trilogy “Eastern Expressions” within the international musical scenes of World music and Bellydance. As solo artist and workshop leader he performed at a variety of national and international Jazz and Bellydance festivals, which brought him to countries like USA and Japan. Ruben is winner of several awards, such as the Tama Drummer’s Award (1999), Erasmus Jazz Award (2001) and a special Scholarship (2001). After having obtained his master degree cum laude at the conservatory Ruben taught at the conservatory for several years, before finally founding his own Eastern Expressions International School of Drums & Percussion in Rotterdam, with the notorious: “Be Yourself” as the school’s vision. Besides his active career as a solo artist Ruben currently has six albums released. He also is the author of three methods for darbuka, which has yet been translated into various languages. Recently Ruben’s own signature cymbals have been released by Turkish Cymbals Istanbul.

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TURKISH SPLIT HAND DRUMMING.
By Hakan Kaya.

The first instructional DVD by a Turkish darbuka-player designed for English-speaking students.

This DVD includes:

-Demonstrations and explanations of basic darbuka strokes, including Turkish split-hand technique.

-Basic and advanced Turkish and Middle East rhythms.

-Advanced techniques for solo and accompanied performance.

-Slow motion close-up shots from the techniques and rhythms.

-On-screen notation.

-Original live recordings of traditional Turkish music, as well as new compositions by upcoming Turkish artists.

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DRUMMING FOR DANCERS.

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RHYTHM AND MOVEMENT FOR EGYPTIAN RAQS AL-SHARQI - RHYTHM AND MOVEMENT VOL. 1.
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by Souhail Kaspar.


The dancer will become familiar with the concepts of anchoring to the rhythm. Understanding the rhythmic components-downbeats-accents-syncopation- and their corresponding dance movements provides the foundation for creating dynamic performances. Rhythms Covered: Kungha 4/4, Maqsum 4/4, Fallahi 2/4, Baladi 4/4, Traditional & Modern Sai‘Idi 4/4, Wahdah Kabirah 4/4, Classical & Cabaret Masmudi Kabir 8/4, Sama‘I 10/8
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LIVE MUSIC & MOVEMENT INSTRUCTION.
by Karim Nagi.


Only a serious dancer will appreciate these lessons. Karim Nagi connects music and rhythm to the dancer's body, and her expression of motion. Dancers follow the scales and Maqam with the 8-string Arabic buzuq, first by singing, then with their bodies. They learn to follow the melodic Taqsim improvisation, illustrating pauses and climaxes with their own improvised movement. The students learn the major themes of the Arabic Drum Solo. They learn to accent each sound and percussive theme with their body isolations. They also learn how to lead the drummer by communicating non-verbally, using only their body dynamics. Karim teaches these classes using clear and articulate verbal guidance, live music and drum, and movement examples. These classes help the dancer understand, embody and express Arab music.

BIO Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian musician, DJ, and folk dancer. He is the creator of Turbo Tabla, and has released two internationally distributed CDs of this unique brand of Arab House/Electronica using acoustic instruments. Karim has authored instructional DVDs for the Tabla/Doumbek and Riqq tambourine, as well as two rhythm compilation CDs. He is also well versed in the ultra-traditional styles of music and dance as the leader of the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble, and the Arab Dance Seminar. Karim performs and teaches Tahteeb Cane Dance, Dabka Line Dance, and Zikr Sufi Dance. He taught at the New England Conservatory of Music for 5 years, and has lectured and presented at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Bowdoin, Princeton, Stanford, William & Mary, and several Community Colleges. He has recorded music for Bellydance Superstars, Bellyqueen, and the Bellytwins, as well as mainstream artists like Alicia Keys, and The Urban Griot Project. His performances boast a dynamic concoction of live drumming and dance, done in unison. Because of his proficiency in both music and dance, his workshops deliver students to a new physical understanding of the connection between these two disciplines. As a dance and drum teacher, Karim has taught in nearly all major bellydance festivals in the United States and Cairo, as well as all major Arab Culture festivals in the USA. Karim Nagi is a true crossover artist, uniting the Cabaret and Tribal, Traditional and the Modern, the Ethnic and the Urban.
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THE HEARTBEAT OF BELLYDANCE: RHYTHMS & BELLY DANCE COMBINATIONS FOR DRUM SOLOS.
by Raquy Danziger.

A Bellydance drum solo is actually a duet: Together, a dancer and a drummer create a unique piece of performance art. For the dancer, the drum solo is a uniquely exciting experience demanding a profound understanding of rhythmic patterns and a wide vocabulary of Bellydance moves and accents, all necessary to enable her to interact at will with the music created by the drummer. RHYTHM WORKSHOP: Raquy breaks apart eight popular Bellydance rhythms: Baladi, Saiddi, Maqsoum, Masmoudi, Ciftetelli, Malfouf, Ayoub, & Semai. Acclaimed as a percussion performer, instructor and composer, Raquy teaches us how to recognize each rhythm. Then Jenna, a star dancer, instructor and choreographer, demonstrates effective dance combinations for each of the 8 rhythms. Accompanied by Raquy and Carmine, Jenna then also demonstrates the unique art of drum solo improvisation including the above rhythms. CHOREOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: Jenna takes you step-by-step through THREE Bellydance drum solo choreographies; beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Each instructional session takes place before the mirror, enabling you to follow Jenna as if you were right behind her in the studio. On screen, a beat counter accompanies choreographic demonstrations. Choreography breakdown sections separate each dance into numbered combinations, and provide titles naming each move. The "Learn and Practice" section offers a step by-step breakdown of each combination and a presentation of the choreography "from the top" with practice repetitions inserted, so you can follow Jenna and learn the steps in real time. The DVD also contains a warm-up sequence recommended before learning or practicing, and Jenna's famous Shimmy Drills: the Shimmy Layering Drill, and her 3/4 Shimmy Drill. The drills are fun mini-exercise routines to help you learn and build on the art of the shimmy, one of the most colourful and vibrant Bellydance moves.

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BELLYDANCE RHYTHMS WORKOUT.
by Neon and Raquy Danziger.


The Bellydance Rhythms Workout is a blend of dance fitness and dance instruction. It offers two non-stop 40-minute movement flows - the workouts - and two tutorial sections, beginner and intermediate. In the movement flows Neon provides a full body workout that s great for toning and weight loss, and for enhancing your natural grace and flexibility. Each workout flow features a wide variety of classic bellydance moves assembled into 20 beginner and 20 intermediate bellydance drum solo combinations. Each combination is repeated as a drill: Beginner - slowly 12 times and at a real dance tempo 8 times; Intermediate - slowly 8 times and at a real dance tempo 12 times. You will review each rhythm section and the entire 20-combination sequence in a way that creates an experience very close to actually performing them in a dance show. Each beginner combination is built gradually, during the slow repetitions set. The beginner tutorial section presents a detailed breakdown of basic bellydance techniques. Neon introduces each move step-by-step and places each one in the context of a dance combination, so that from the very beginning you learn how to combine dance steps and how combinations express rhythms. The intermediate tutorial section explains the structure of each combination and offers tips on performance and styling. The movement flows are accompanied by live drumming and are set to the most popular bellydance rhythms with 4 variations for each rhythm: ciftetelli, baladi, saidi, maksoum, and masmoudi. The live drumming includes a bass doumbek to make it easier for beginners to hear the structure of each dance rhythm. Drum rhythms underlie most types of bellydance music, so hearing them is key to developing your musicality as a dancer. In a special section Raquy teaches the structure of each bellydance rhythm and how to recognize it in bellydance music. Each movement flow can be played with Neon's voice cues, or with music only.

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SHAKE'EM UP BELLY DANCE DRUM SOLOS.
By Various.


4 Dancers, 3 Drummers, 14 Solos, 40 Minutes of Music and Dance

"A performance DVD featuring emerging artists from New York City’s dynamic belly dance scene.
Companion audio CD available separately. The drum solo, the traditional finale of a belly dancer’s nightclub show, provides drummers and dancers alike with an opportunity to showcase their technical prowess. Designed with the drummer and dancer in mind, this DVD illustrates a variety of drum solos in live performance, incorporating variations in complexity, composition, and instrumentation. Improvisation by New York City belly dancers Bashirah, Raja, Sarah Skinner, and Autumn Ward brings these drum solos to life, showing Arabic, Turkish, and fusion styles. DVD menus contain information on the rhythms used in the structure each drum solo."- Product review from author's website
"I was fortunate enough to be able to review this new product, which is the hard work of 4 wonderful dancers and 3 wonderful drummers. In this review I will highlight the DVD features and also add some personal expressions.

Packaging: Very professional, high quality. The front cover contains shots of two of the dancers in motion. The back cover contains general information about the DVD, such as length, contents and some professional pictures of the performers and drummers. It also gives us an insight on what to expect in the program. There is no misleading information what-so-ever. The disc itself is a professional quality product, printed as movie discs are.

Production: The production quality is excellent in both video and audio aspects. The setting is in a studio, very pleasant. I found the background somewhat dark for some of the costumes the ladies were wearing, but I feel that a dark background was chosen for a purpose because of the drummers. They all wear dark clothing, but the instruments are visible, so I felt that was the intention with the dark background; to emphasize on the performers and instruments playing the beautiful rhythms.

The Drummers: Bashira, David Buchbut and Carmine Guida seem to be very pleasant and great drummers to work with. The music is very enjoyable, passionate and beautiful and they follow the dancers with such joy! The length of the program is 40 minutes.
Each of the performers shows us something unique, something cute, something different and something beautiful. The choreographies are simple-built, yet gorgeous and challenging for all levels of dancers.
I absolutely enjoy this DVD in its entirety. The performers gave their best and all their feelings and passion into the performances. Their costumes are beautiful and very professional. Their hard work shines throughout the program. The drummers’ great talent and feel for the rhythms was a great choice for this product and they all worked very well together.
On a scale from 1-10, I gave this DVD a 9 ½ (I deducted ½ because of the background and some of the closer camera angles only).
I strongly recommend this DVD for all dancers’ library: - To see these beautiful dancers perform and experience the live band. - To learn some unique and cute movements. - To learn about a great live band and basic rhythms. - To enjoy a performance program full of joy, fun and education! GREAT job ladies and gentlemen, a production very well done! Everyone who contributed to the production has done a fantastic job! Thank you for sharing your talents and passion. Good Luck in your endeavors."

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THE ART OF THE DRUM SOLO.
by Sonia & Issam Houshan.


"Bellydance Superstar Sonia and Master Percussionist Issam Houshan introduces the essential rhythms and techniques used in a live drum solo performance. The chapters include: Warm Up, Rhythm Introduction & Technique, Choreography and Performance. PACKAGE INCLUDES A FREE BONUS MUSIC CD of additional music tracks by Issam Houshan."

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EVOLUTION OF THE DRUM SOLO.
with Ozzy.


Learn how to play the Arabic Darbuka and Frame Drum. Ozzy leads you through technique, rhythms and combinations and a full drum solo. Accompanied by Donavan on frame drum you get to see how both drums are played together and separate. This DVD includes basic, intermediate and advanced technique to accommodate all levels of drummers. Whether you are a drummer or a dancer looking to increase your knowledge of Arabic rhythms, this DVD is for you!

DVD INCLUDES

*Basic / Intermediate / Advanced Level Technique, Drills & Combinations

*Full-length Drum Solo

*Behind the Scenes Footage

(Companion CD - "Evolution of the Drum with Ozzy")

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DRUM SOLO EVOLUTION.
with Jillina & Ozzy.


Learn a dynamic drum solo choreography using layered and percussive movements, a variety of shimmies and strong hip technique. Joined by master percussionist Ozzy, Jillina will give step-by-step breakdown of the intricate choreography that highlights and explores the vast possibilities of Middle Eastern Rhythms.

DVD INCLUDES

*Yoga Inspired Warm-up

*Intermediate / Advanced Level Technique & Combinations

*Full-length Drum Solo Choreography

*Behind the Scenes Footage & Interview with Jillina & Ozzy

(Companion CD - "Evolution of the Drum with Ozzy")

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TRIBAL DRUM SOLO CHOREOGRAPHY.
by Zoe Jakes and Issam Houshan.


In this DVD, Zoe demonstrates how the dancer can interpret drum solo rhythms several ways, giving the student an opportunity to explore percussive music with fluid grace or sharp percussive accents such as hits, pops, locks, and her trademark spins. Zoe starts the student off with a warm-up she uses regularly in her workshops, and integrates drills specifically chosen to get the student comfortable with her movement base. In the Drum Solo section, Issam begins with an explanation of the Rhythm he is playing for that section, and Zoe will break down, with her clear and concise instruction, unique combinations tailored to each rhythm presented.  The combinations will then be put together to create an entire dance which will be performed by Zoe. 
Whether you are just learning tribal style, or have mastered the art, this DVD will give valuable insight on creative new moves with Zoes signature style. Zoe Jakes has been teaching her own take on tribal bellydance for Six years and is one of the most highly sought after instructors working today.

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RHYTHMS OF ORIENTAL DANCE.
with Nesma and Khamis Henkish.


This deluxe package contains both a DVD and a CD.

Part 1, the DVD, is a Rhythm and Dance Encounter with Demonstrations. An exchange of ideas and insights between musician and dancer on rhythms, percussion and dance. The artists illustrate points in their conversation with demonstrations of percussion beats and choreography for each of the nine essential rhythms featured here.

* INTRO
* WAHDA SOGAYARA
* WAHDA KIBIRA
* MASMOUDI SOGAYAR
* MASMOUDI KIBIR
* MAKSOUM
* FALLAHI
* SAIDI
* MALFOUF
* AYOUP
* ROLL
* TABLA SOLO

Part 2, the CD, records an Improvisation with Percussion and Dance. The staging of a traditional piece of Egyptian dance with tabla solo in which the dancer and the percussionist give proof of their mutual understanding and sense of humour in a refreshing performance.

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ARABIC RHYTHMS & COMBINATIONS.
By Tamra-Henna & Amir Sofi.


Over two hours of outstanding instruction! Rhythm ~ the foundation of Middle Eastern music. As well as expressing the emotion of the melody and lyrics, a belly dancer must be “on the beat” and respond to the many rhythm changes that add depth and texture to Egyptian music. Tamra-Henna and Amir Sofi on tabla teach you everything you need to understand Egyptian rhythms so your Raks Sharqi performances will beautifully interpret the subtle complexities of this wonderful music! Tamra-Henna and Amir begin by explaining and demonstrating the elements of Egyptian rhythms ~ Dum - tec – ka! ~ and the structure and timing of these popular Egyptian rhythms: The 4 Beat Rhythms: ~ Maqsoum ~ Masmoudi Sagheer (Beledi) ~ Wahda The 2 Beat Rhythms: ~ Ayub ~ Malfoof And so you don’t miss a beat, diagrams that illustrate each rhythm appear on the screen while Amir plays! Because it’s not enough to recognize the rhythms, Tamra-Henna discusses the kinds of music in which each rhythm is found, and how you can use them in your performance. She then teaches several combinations that reflect the structure of each rhythm. The combinations will help you develop a deeper understanding of Egyptian rhythms. Plus, they’re fun new moves to use in your dancing! Finally, you are treated to a beautiful costumed performance by Tamra-Henna! Running Time: 136 minutes 

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DRUM SOLO WORKSHOP BELLY DANCE.
By Leyla and Issa Mallouf.


This 58 minute DVD is a behind the scenes look at how Issa and I as a drummer/dancer team approach our roles during a drum solo. I'll tell you how I approach putting combinations together, how I use sharp and soft combinations keep the solo interesting and what I look for from Issa. You'll also hear from Issa as he talks about some of the different rhythms, layers and how he approaches his role as drummer and part of the team.

Doing drum solos is a dancers right of passage. It is your turn to shine. The spotlight is on you, the audiences attention is on you, you've practiced, prepared, you know your drummer, he knows you.

Drum Solo workshop will give you an inside track on the things you need to know about before you start working with musicians, so you'll be ready when the spotlight is on you.

You'll learn the different layers that comprise drum solo music, my personal approach to drum solos and how I use sharp and soft combinations to keep the audiences interest and a drummers approach when working with a dancer doing her first drum solo.

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FRAME DRUMS.

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THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF FRAME DRUMS VIDEO.
by Glen Velez.


In this landmark video, Glen Velez, the world's leading frame drum player, shares with you his extraordinary techniques and musical perspectives. By concentrating on three prominent frame drums - the Irish Bodhran, North African Tar and Middle-Eastern Riq (tambourine) - Velez presents an array of techniques, tonal resources, rhythmic patterns, and expressive possibilities that can be creatively applied to any frame drum.
Following each instructional segment there are exciting solo performances by Velez, which employ lesson elements and showcase the virtuosic capabilities and amazing versatility of frame drums.
Layne Redmons joins Velez to demonstrate compositional considerations relating to playing frame drums in ensembles. As finale Velez and Redmond give an inspiring and dazzling performance of Velez's Internal Combustion.

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WORLDPERCUSSION 1 - FRAMEDRUMS.
by David Kuckhermann.


2 styles of framedrumming (on the lap and upright).
• DVD more than 2 hours of playing time
• detailed demonstration from the very basics to advanced techniques (fingersnapping, rolls, stroke-combinations)
• slowmotion close-up shots from each technique and rhythm
• a collection of oriental dance rhythms
• various short performances
• English, German And Spanish language
• on-screen notation.

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FRAME DRUM INTENSIVE STUDY SERIES.
by Layne Redmond.


DVDs # 1-6
Beginning to Intermediate Level
Instructional DVD and Booklet With Layne Redmond
Includes 8 hours of instruction

Middle Eastern style tambourine, tar and knee position styles of frame drumming are covered on each DVD in this series, including techniques from the Middle East, Azerbaijan, North Africa and India.

This DVD series is the video accompaniment for the 6 CD set: Frame Drum Intensive Study Series 1-6 (formerly called, Giving Birth To Ourselves), a 6 month study series created by Layne Redmond. Click this link: Frame Drum Intensive Study Series to purchase all 6 CDs as downloads at CDBaby.com. Although it is highly recommended to study both the DVD and the CD, it is possible to complete the program using only the DVD. The material covered in this series is progressive. It will be most productive to practice and accomplish each DVD’s material before going on to the next DVD.

For beginners wishing to purchase drums for practicing with this instructional DVD set:

Layne recommends the Lotus Tambourine since it is the lightest and easiest of her tambourines to start with. For standing position Tar, the inexpensive 14″ Renaissance Frame Drum is recommended since it is the lightest of the available drums. This drum can be used for sitting position as well. However, the 16″ Fixed Skyndeep Snake Skin head or the TAR 18″ Fixed Skyndeep Goat Brown head are better drums and would also be good choices for sitting position.

Please note: **This DVD is formatted to play on DVD players in all Regions (NTSC format). It should be fine playing on your computer in countries outside of the US.

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FRAMEDRUMS. MODERN PERCUSSIONIST VOL. 2.
by Hakim Ludin.


The fascination of frame drums stems not least from their use in spiritual mysticism and trance ceremonies. In this DVD Hakim Ludin proposes a bridge between the mystical tradition and modern rhythms. Intensive attention is given to various techniques for frame drums and incredible sound creations and solos on Pandariq, Freehand Drum and Circle Drum.
A delight for the creative!
This DVD shows Hakim Ludin modern grooves, techniques and sound creations on various representatives of Frame Drums: Pandariq, Freehand and Drum Circle Drums.
Easy to understand exercices and many suggestions for replay and further development are given.
The special includes the duo of Hakim Ludin and Behnam Samani on Pandariq and Daf.
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"FINGER DANCE" - FRAME DRUMS.
With Murat Coskun.

For Beginners and Advanced

Total running time : 104 minutes.

CONTENTS:

All chapters and sections as well as the music tracks can be selected separately.
The DVD has English subtitles 16-page two-language booklet with additional rhythm examples for self study. Modern Sound Creations
Fabulous DVD-quality (recorded with three cameras) Content
Detailed explainings of the various finger techniques of the oriental way of playing
Innovative strike and roll techniques as well as finger tricks and alternative way of playing for advanced players.
Examples for improvisation with various frame drums
Rhythm-examples: traditional rhythms from the Balkan, Turkey (such as nine and eleven rhythms), North Africa and also bongo and conga rhythms as well as modern hip hop grooves
A sophisticated support with vocal notations and an onomatopoeic syllable language, that is slot in the film
Explanations of the subdivision tricks for exotic rhythms such as 9/8 or 11/16 rhythms
informative part about diverse frame drum types such as the Bendir, Daire, Gawal and Kanjiriqq
live examples accompanied by various instrument (such as the piano, guitar, clarinet, bass, double bass and the shawm) in various styles (such as jazz, traditional Turkish music, Nuevo Flamenco, Afro-Style, Funk, Spanische Rumba, ...)
Specials: solo live recordings of Murat Coskun in the Gobi Desert as well as a session with Aserbaidjanian musicians from a festival in Mongolia (2003).

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DOYRA: PERCUSSION OF UZBEKISTAN.
By Abbos Kosimov.

Abbos Kosimov is a master of the Doyra, the Uzbek frame drum. In this new video, Abbos teaches you the basic strokes, development exercises, uzbek and tajik rhythms and demonstrates the level that this amazing drum can take. The techniques are broken down into soft and hard strokes, open and closed strokes, and playing techniques involving snapping and the use of the inner drum rings. Abbos clearly demonstrates from beginner to intermediate playing and will help develop your styling and stamina. This 2 DVD set also includes outstanding solos on the doyra, the nogara, and qiroq. Additionally we have put together many hard to find video clips and live solos of Abbos and his various ensembles.

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ADVANCED FRAME DRUM TECHNIQUES.
By Yousif Sheronick.

Yousif Sheronick is a renowned world percussionist specializing in frame drums and Middle Eastern percussion. Advanced Frame Drum Techniques moves you beyond the standard “dum and tek” and helps develop contemporary techniques on the Riq, Tar and Bodhran. Through his long association with Glen Velez, Yousif demonstrates unique Velez techniques including fast fingerings on the drumhead and cymbals. The DVD includes close up shots of hand positions, exercises to build up strength, and patterns and rhythms to begin using these techniques in context. Additionally, Yousif performs three brilliant solos on the DVD. Also check out Yousif’s “Riq Instructional DVD” to learn the basics of the Middle Eastern tambourine.
DVD Contents Techniques: Split Hand Technique Split Hand Triplet Glen Velez Fast Fingerings Snapping South Italian Triplet Glen Velez Fast Cymbal Fingerings Solos: Tar Solo Bodhran Solo Riq Solo

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ADVANCED FRAME DRUMS 1.
by David Kuckhermann.

This DVD starts where "Worldpercussion 1 - Frame Drums" ends featuring advanced lapstyle frame drumming techniques such as: -finger rolls -Advanced Split Hand Applications in the style of Glen Velez -Playing Multiple Frame Drums -An introduction to the Freehand style -Ideas for non-traditional rhythms on one and multiple drums -Independence exercises -Various live - performances featuring Oud Virtuoso Ahmad Al-Khatib -A playalong Practice Track -PAL Format, playing time 2 hrs

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ADVANCED FRAME DRUMS 2.
by David Kuckhermann.

Introducing techniques and rhythms from the Iranian percussion tradition   -the nine-finger Riz -advanced snapping -modern techniques such as using a brush -applying the Indian concept of Tihai -Ideas for non-traditional rhythms on one and multiple drums -Independence exercises -live performance featuring Taner Akyol and Antonis Anissegos -Playalong practice tracks.

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RIQS.

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RIQQ ( ARABIC TAMBOURINE )- COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONAL.
by Karim Nagi.

"Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian musician and an accomplished performer and teacher of the RIQQ (Arab Tambourine). In this DVD Karim provides a detailed and vivid 2 hours of instruction. Karim explains proper technique, performs rhythms, and demonstrates how to accompany other musicians. Karim guides the student from the very beginning with grip and tone generation, all the way through advanced techniques and rhythms. This pure Arabic technique and style can be effectively applied to general Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Medieval European styles and music. The RIQQ is a versatile instrument with endless possibilities for color and expression. This DVD is the first definitive video tool that presents this unique instrument in its original, authentic usage and method for all levels. lessons by chapter include: 1. Introduction - the system and approach to playing the traditional Arab style and method. 2. Open Position - a.k.a. "Cabaret Style" using cymbals (examples ayyub, masmudi & malfuf). 3. Closed Position - a.k.a. "Classical Style" using skin (examples ayyub, masmudi & malfuf). 4. Loud Position - rhythmic shaking and rocking for an energetic volume and pace. 5. Switching Positions - going between each position seamlessly, to follow the music. 6. Rhythm Examples - from the simple to the complex: (wahda, york, muhaggar and more). 7. Accompaniment - Samai, Andalusian, and Qudud with oudist & singer Baha' Agha. 8. Solo by Karim Nagi."

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WORLDPERCUSSION 2 - RIQ AND DARBUKA.
by David Kuckhermann.

Both DVDs are in PAL format and country-code free.
• features:
• each DVD more than 2 hours of playing time
• detailed demonstration from the very basics to advanced techniques (finger snapping, rolls, stroke-combinations)
• slow-motion close-up shots from each technique and rhythm
• a collection of oriental dance rhythms
• various short performances
• English, German and Spanish language
• on-screen notation

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RIQS AND DEFS.
by Uncle Mafufo.

This DVD has the same practical approach to Frame Drums as the Doumbek version. The clear, concise lessons are taught in Armando's own distinctive style, relaxed and friendly, and are meant to be easily absorbed and understood. Using the drum language of Dun, tec and ca, Mafufo takes the student through each rhythm and technique with carefully illustrative playing. Riq (the Egyptian tambourine) and Def (the large frame drum) are taught and demonstrated in separate segments. The rhythm patterns Ayoob, Malfoof, Khaligi, Vals, Maksoom, Beledi, Sahidi and Darig are printed on the back cover.
Running time is 48 minutes.

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ADVANCED RIQ.
by David Kuckhermann.

Featuring various playing styles and advanced techniques:
-different playing positions
-jingle rolls and variations
-Arabic, North-African and modern shaking techniques
-advanced soft position techniques
-traditional and modern rhythms
-slow motion closeups
-a solo performance
-playalong practice tracks

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RIQ INSTRUCTIONAL DVD AND BOOK.
by Yousif Sheronick.

Instructional DVD and Book for the Riq (Middle Eastern Tambourine) Yousif Sheronick guides you from the basics of holding the Riq all the way through playing and embellishing traditional Middle Eastern Rhythms in both Cabaret and Soft positions. Included are technique exercises to develop your tones and build your strength, as well as two spectacular solos played by Sheronick on this amazingly versatile instrument. The accompanying book includes a comprehensive collection of over 50 Middle Eastern Rhythms (many with multiple embellishments) and a scene layout of the DVD."

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ZILLS.

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FINGER CYMBAL INSTRUCTIONAL.
by Tobias Roberson.

"Over 2.5 hours including:
 
Introduction to patterns and basic technique by Tobias Roberson.
Two dynamic compositions for fingers cymbals with drum accompaniment.
Three dances to the compositions by belly dance superstars Rachel Brice and Mardi Love.

Master the art of finger cymbals (zils) with this comprehensive instructional video from renowned percussionist and rhythm teacher Tobias Roberson.
Tobias leads you step-by-step through the basic techniques with close-up angles demonstrating exactly how to get great sound from your zils. A variety of rhythms and patterns are introduced and broken down to give you an extensive set of material with which to build your repertoire.
In the second section Tobias teaches two dynamic compositions for the zils.
First is an easy to play interactive duet for drum and zils. This composition shows how to build an exciting piece from the skills you have already learned. Rachel Brice and Mardi Love then perform a matching choreography that can be used as is or to inspire your own creativity.
The second composition features more advanced possibilities with fast and syncopated technique. For this composition Rachel and Mardi perform separately to show how the composition can be interpreted in different ways."

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ZILL DRILLS.
by Susu Pampanin and Zaina Zahesha.

In this simple and easy to follow DVD you will join Susu Pampanin and Zaina Zahesha as they demonstrate the basic technique for playing zills. You will enjoy precise instruction on how to play 12 of the most important rhythms every belly dancer and Middle Eastern musician should know. Over head shots of hands, slow motion, and written patterns appearing on screen enables the student to learn each of the 12 patterns with ease and confidence. In addition, they give you 3 basic patterns that can be played to all rhythms. The 12 must know rhythms you will learn from this DVD are; Ayoub, Malfouf, Karachi, Kheleegy, Fellahi, Beledi, Maqsum, Bolero, Masmoudi, Waheda, Chiftitelli, Saaidi, Masmaoudi, 3 Bonus Patterns.

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HOW TO PLAY FINGER CYMBALS.
by Mésmera.

"Welcome to the world of Finger Cymbals, Zills, Sagat, Kymbla... regardless in what language you say it, they are the dancers best friend and when played well, they become the heartbeat of the dance".  Harry Saroyan, maker of exquisitely designed, quality finger cymbals, presents internationally known instructor/performer, Mesmera, in "How To Play Finger Cymbals" In this video she will teach you how to play Finger Cymbals step by step. You will enjoy her warmth and expertise as she teaches you how to progress and combine a variety of patterns with rhythm and music.  This will highlight your dance, emphasize feeling & technique and add texture to your playing.  Live drumming is featured as you practice and learn simple techniques for a wide variety of patterns for popular belly dance music.

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TRIBAL BASICS VOL. 3 ZILS.
by Fat Chance Belly Dance.


Although finger cymbals or zills are a dancer's natural accompaniment to the dance, beginning students are often confused by their relation to the music and dance steps. In this 30 minute workshop, Carolena demonstrates the five basic zil patterns. Simple Easy to Follow directions for: Alternating Right-Left, Standard Right-Left-Right, Military Baladi, Moroccan Six. Combine the video workshop with our Tribal Dances Tribal Drums CD, and you'll be playing and dancing in no time!

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FINGER CYMBALS.
by Ansuya.


Playing finger cymbals (which are also known as zills) is an integral part of the cabaret belly dance performance. In this video Ansuya teaches you how to play finger cymbals to add musical energy and excitement to your dance! Demonstration and Technique - Ansuya breaks down each zill pattern into easy to follow steps. You will learn specific technique, then pick up the speed as you follow along with the music.   Movements With Finger Cymbals - Ansuya teaches you the basic belly dance movements that go with each zill pattern, then add the zills to each of these movements. Moving and dancing with zills, in addition to proper technique, is an important part of learning to play your finger cymbals. Zill Drill - Join Ansuya in a practice session playing your finger cymbals.  This unique zill drill will help you become proficient in playing each zill pattern while dancing, and also teaches transitions from one move and pattern to another. Performance - Ansuya gives a live costumed performance, which demonstrates how playing finger cymbals in your dance enhances the very essence of your performance, and brings another dimension of expression to this art form.

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ADVANCED FINGER CYMBALS BELLY DANCE INSTRUCTIONAL.
by Ansuya.


Whether your style is American, Turkish or Tribal, you’ll want to do more with your finger cymbals than play right-left-right. In this DVD, Ansuya will help you take your zilling to a new levels! Demonstration & Technique: Ansuya breaks down each zill pattern with easy-to-follow demonstrations and explanations. You will learn specific technique, and then pick up the speed as you follow along with the music. And, of course you can't just stand there, so each zill pattern is accompanied by movements that fit the pattern, so you can perfect your playing while you dance. Zill Drill: Join Ansuya in a practice session "Zill Drill" to master each pattern and perfect your transitioning from one zill pattern and its movements to another. You’ll learn 6/8, 9/8, Masmoudi Kabir (8/4), Ayoub, and Beledi (4/4) patterns, and using Singles for accents. Spicing it up: Ansuya shows you how to introduce variations in to your zill patterns, including varying the sounds your zills make. Then she’ll lead you through blending rhythms and improvising to have fun and add your own interpretation to the music. Performance: Ansuya performs using her finger cymbals to add musical energy and excitement to her dance!
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THE ART OF PLAYING FINGER CYMBALS.
by Momo Kadous.


Good zill playing can enhance a dancer's performance like nothing else. It integrates the dancer with the music, offering an opportunity for playful interaction with live musicians or a live aspect to recorded music.

Arguably one of the most comprehensive cymbal DVD's ever made, Momo Kadous brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to The Art of Playing Finger Cymbals.

Topics range from the history of finger cymbals to creating the perfect tone and variation elements of each of the following: speed and tone, stage entrances, and the major cymbal rhythms - Masmoudi Kabir, Masmoudi Saghir, and Ayoub. All of the rhythms are extensively explained and each section includes opportunities and exercises for practice.

For the dancer, this DVD is invaluable as Momo Kadous shows different body movements and hand and arm positions that correlate with cymbal playing, and shares the psychology behind them. He also crosses culture boundaries to explain the relationship between different styles of dance and examples of using finger cymbals throughout.

This DVD will definitely be a major source of reference for all dancers striving to learn The Art of Playing Finger Cymbals.

(Running Time: 105 minutes)

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FINGER CYMBALS AND DANCE INSTRUCTION.
by John Compton.


In this award winning video, John and Rita demonstrate a series of basic finger cymbal patterns that are the foundation patterns used for the cymbal dance, then add to the patterns while layering them over the Hahbi 'Ru basic steps building the choreography. The Cymbal dance started as a class exercise and later became one of the Hahbi'Ru dance repertoire. This is a fun performance piece as well as an excellent tool for learning to play patterns that accent the music as well as the steps.
Level Three Contents:

Hahbi'Ru Warm Up

The Basic Patterns

The Cymbal Dance Choreography and Cymbal Patterns

The Cymbal Dance Performance


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HOW TO BECOME A KILLER ZILLER.
with Michelle Joyce.


In this DVD you will learn how to effectively take command of the cymbals by switching rapidly between several patterns. The unique structure lets you work at your own level and advance when you feel ready.

PART 1 – THE BASICS AND THE RHYTHMS We will start off with the very basics like how to hold the cymbals and how to get different sounds in different situations. Then 16 different rhythmic patterns will be slowly broken down. Because finger coordination takes practice, we begin by tapping out the patterns against our bellies to build confidence and rhythmic ability. PART 2 – CYMBAL DRILLS Once you know the patterns by heart you will graduate to practicing them with the cymbals. For enhanced learning, you will be able to mirror the close up of Michelle’s hands as the patterns are drilled. You will also be able to view the written pattern and finger assignment. This extended 20-minute drilling session will help you increase stamina, coordination and agility. PART 3 – DANCE COMBINATIONS WITH CYMBALS Once you have mastered the patterns it is time to start dancing. After dance combinations are carefully broken down we add finger cymbal patterns. Each combination increases in difficulty and by the end of the DVD you will be switching between complex cymbal patterns while doing various turns, isolations, arm movements, and direction changes. This DVD covers basic through advanced belly dance finger cymbal technique.

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