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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A triplet is 3 beats fit into a 2 beat space.

The rhythm is energetic and driving. Folk musicians in many of the cultures of these areas often do not even name rhythms — they simply know what rhythm goes with what song and play doimbek. AksakEncyclopedia Brittanica Online, Web.

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It is not easy to list the rules. If you are an inexperienced buyer, you may want to check for drum shops or import stores locally so foumbek can actually put your hands on the drum and see what style of drum you prefer. When played it can almost sound like ayyuub a 2 with just a bit more space in it — or like a 6 beat rhythm.

An earthy dokmbek done with big, flat-footed movements. We don’t have them in our music scale. Drum shapes and traditional playing styles. In Greece and Turkey the s are generally known as “laz” or “laz bar” and the s as “kalamantiano” Kalamata is a port in south Greece.

T k Karsilama description Mariah dances and zills to a Turkish Karsilama. Historically the repeating pattern was probably stressed and the sense of a fixed measure was probably weaker. Islamic tradition holds the musical arts in an odd dichotomy.


Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Music Rhythms: Diagrams and Performance Aids

Short and clearposted by Salah Said. Bolero is usually played more slowly and often with a sort of triplet near the beginning — it eoumbek used to accompany songs like “Erev Shel Shoshanim” and “Miserlu”.

Some of the “best” Middle Eastern drummers usually play only a couple of rhythms. There fhythms several other types of strikes which are used such as the Snap, the Roll, and the Slap, but I will not include those on this page as I consider them advanced techniques, and am only marginally familiar with their use myself.

I have included the timing for each bridge sequence to assist in the correct placement of the bridge within the rhythm doumbej. Rumi Ensemble and Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam. Here is some notation I found ryhthms the web for a dance: When I teach the doumbek, I urge my students to chant the rhythm as they go. This guide started out as a rather simple cheat sheet I pulled together to use as a handout for an ‘Intro to Doumbek’ class which I taught at a local Trimarian event.

Herman Rechberger is a Finn who studies Arabic music speaks Arabic and has apparently traveled a good deal in the Middle East has rhytthms web version of his book on Arabic rhythmic modes here — it is very interesting, however I find the rhythmic notation on the web page almost impossible to read. Tunisia this family of rhythms may be called “Duyek”. The rhythm shapes the music with a distinct ‘swing’ which is often as prominent as the melody, and which sometimes changes phrase-by-phrase.

Traditionally, applause was not sought nor commonly given, out of respect. To understand how to read the timing chart, simply follow the example below and chant the phrase as shown:. Following the dpumbek chart, I have noted the ‘Open’ or simple version of the rhythm.


They are approximately a 3 or 6-beat rhythm and rhytums not “even”; they feel “slow-quick-quick”. In “Kitaab al-adwaar” chapter 13 is devoted to rhythmic modes.

The doumbekk is generally known as “baladii” beledi, baladi, balady among the American belly dance community. The Arabic and Mediterranean music tradition tends to be based on the soloist or small ensemble — a natural outgrowth of folk groups and a nomadic bard tradition. In all cases, the bridge is used in place of the final counts, whether major or minor, of the previous measure.

Dumbek rhythms

Here are a few web links: This family of rhythms it’s ancestors and variations were probably brought to Spain by Middle Eastern musicians and gypsies? The Mongul invasions of the ‘Abbasid empire and sacking of such academic centers as Baghdad in destroyed most of the relevant academic documents not to mention the scholars!

The dancers will let you know when they want to speed up or slow down, when they want to change rhythms, and when they need a break. Shortcuts into this document: Hey, I did it too. Farkas plays 5 versions.

Part of it is the reluctance to put them into a doumek for one drum, since you really need the parts thing happening. It has a different flavor of fill and accent, is popular in upper Egypt remember “upper” Egypt is in the south.

Complexity will depend on the musician’s skill. That does not mean by any measure that the music is simple. Here’s a recording where an over-enthusiastic audience makes it necessary for the performance to restart.