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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I have also heard “dawr hindii” rhyhms “sheelto” I don’t know whether this is correct as I’ve also heard a similar 6 beat rhythm referred to as sheelto.

Dumbek rhythms

rhytums The muwashshah form, which was utilized by major poets, also emerged as a musical form and survived as such in North African cities and in the Levant, an area covering what is known historically as greater Syria and Palestine. Islamic tradition holds the musical arts in an odd dichotomy. This type of pattern where it sounds to the western ear like the end of the cycle seems to wrap into the beginning of the next is common in Balkan rhythms.

The Middle East is essentially divided into doubek cultures: 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! Note that in Egypt it is pronounced gurgina. Drummers tend to have fun filling in the end of the rhythm in various, sometimes unexpected, ways.

Americans use it to designate one particular rhythm: Here’s a recording where an over-enthusiastic audience makes it necessary for the performance to restart. These were loud affairs consisting of many percussion instruments, horns, and loud reeds. Further east, the music of the Mahgreb Morocco, Tunisia and Andalusia have been greatly affected by Arabic influences.


Here are some traditional rhythms mizan, iqa, vazn, darb, voumbek, adwar that are played as Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dance rhythms or as accompaniment to Middle Eastern and Mediterranean melodies.

This gives the music a strong feeling of forward motion, hence the ‘walking maqsoum. In a sort of cultural conservatism they have retained much of the early Arabic music influences based on poetic meter.

Cajondarbuka plays lots of clear, slow versions. Doumbek Rhythm cheat sheet.

Quick and Dirty Guide to the Doumbek

Western musicians would count many of these rhythms a 2, since the music tends to swing in and out finding accents on the first beat and then on “everything else”. Please don’t e-mail me asking me to send you tapes doymbek instructional resources — what I have is here in these web pages — at the moment I don’t have instructional tapes or videos of my own.

In the 13th century, SafI-al-DIn wrote two books, apparently about 50 years apart: Complexity will depend on the musician’s skill. Often the first phrase has 2 leading beats.

Even the simple unsyncopated versions 2 and 3 have the same forward drive. A basic baladi rhythm.

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A note on naming conventions I use names for these rhythms which tend to be accepted among the community of drummers that I have known and the sparse documentation that exists on this extremely folk tradition.

Dere Giliyor Dere but a very similar pattern is used with only a slight change of emphasis. Type in the American Creole rhythm shorthand and hear it played make to you in your browser on a loop! Loud Taks make the difference.

Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Music Rhythms: Diagrams and Performance Aids

Note that it almost doesn’t matter which hand ddoumbek strike with as long as you are making the right sound — however by putting the accents on the dominant hand and following the notation for suggested hands you will probably wind up with a more “traditional sound” to your playing.

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The music traditions of North Africa are still today heavily influenced by Arabic empire roots rather than by the rest of mainland Africa. It is, at its basis if you cross your eyes a lotsimilar to a maqsuum. For the second and third items, I have pulled together a cheat-sheet where you will find all of the knowledge and tools necessary to help you learn and play ten different Middle-Eastern rbythms.

When played it can almost sound like ayyuub a 2 with just a bit more space in it — or like a 6 beat rhythm. Translations of this page:. Live music and dance video. At first it scared me, because I thought they were drunk and crazy and about to have a real fight. I hope this guide helps in your efforts to learn and your overall enjoyment of, the art of playing the doumbek.

The simple Maqsum is the basis of many rhythms and is especially important in modern and folk Egyptian rhythm. On a drum you don’t have much choice about how long the sustain on your “note” is, but the combinations of rests roumbek sustained notes may give some indications about how the rhythm should be ornamented or filled. I’ve also heard this rhythm called “Ghawazee” since these dance forms, and a particular style of belly dance using this form of rhythm, are popular among the Egyptian Ghawazee.

After that I saw voumbek danced many times, then it went out of style. The Scabland Band plays Karsilama rhythm. An Egyptian or Lebanese drummer usually has to approximate the way an Iraqi or Khaliji rhythm is played doummbek the rhythms in southern Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula countries are polyrhythmic: Current Zembekikia are a pale shadow of what I saw then.