Arabic Style Metal Drum
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Having said this however, there are ancient paintings and miniatures of musicians playing what could be a goblet drum on their shoulder dating back to the 12th century. By having the drum on the shoulder it could be played in a similar way to the frame drum. As the names vary from region to region so do the techniques. The Lebanese players have their own original tone, ornamentation and representation of common Middle Eastern rhythms, as do the Syrians, Turkish and Egyptians.
Recently a new technique called split nger has swept through Turkey and become extremely popular, especially with the younger players. This technique is very similar to the right hand motion of a North Indian tabla player allowing the drummer to play faster and more efciently. Split nger technique is not covered in this book however we will develop the right hand in a similar fashion. The darbuka was originally made of clay for the shell and used skins such as goat, camel and sh tied over one end with the other open. Today these are still available however the aluminum and synthetic drums are far more durable and less sensitive to changing weather conditions.
On returning from my rst trip to Turkey and Iran I was so proud of all my beautiful skin drums. These days they all hang on the wall unplayable due to Australias humid climate, and my two metal and plastic drums come to all my gigs with me instead!
A great tragedy indeed. Expect the darbuka chapter to be fun, challenging and at times mildly frustrating. Just like learning anything worth your while it will require patience and some discipline.
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When practicing your technique it may be more inspiring to have your favourite Middle Eastern CD playing in the background to encourage you. I always do this when Im practicing the real dry stuff although these days Ill probably put the Beach Boys on and picture myself practicing under a coconut tree!
Have a good look at the pictures and notice that I have one leg slightly forward and one leg back.
This creates a small dip in the right leg and locks the drum into position a bit. The left arm is also locking the drum against the body and it is these two points that will stop it wobbling about and falling of your lap. Notice too, I push the drum forward a little to give my arms some space to move. Depending on the type of sound that I want, usually my left arm will be resting on the drum and not suspended in the ai r. It will take some time in order to get the sound you want but will prevent any shoulder injuries in the future.
Its all about minimizing energy and maximizing tone. Think of these as those three or four guitar chords that allow you to play all the Beatles and Neil Young songs youve dreamed of.
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The Dum is played with the right hand or left if you are that way inclined and produces the bass tone, i. Make sure when playing this stroke that you dont whack it and just play it as a nice solid. The high tone which is played on the outside of the skin is Tuk. This is also played with the right hand. There are several ways of playing the tuk including one where the drummer. The high tone produced with the left hand is the Ka, generally not accented as much as the Tuk.
The ka seems to be the stroke most students have problems with. It seems like an awkward position to strike the skin at but later on will become comfortable and make more sense to your hand and wrist. This leaves us with the Slap technique, which is also played with the right hand.
This is the hardest of the basic techniques and is achieved when the hand is cupped and strikes the drum with only the high frequencies cutting through, without the sustain and with no bass frequencies. We start with the fundamental pattern and build ornament onto this. I have started with a very powerful and more spiritual rhythm called Ayub. This rhythm is used across the Middle East and you may be familiar with it from the Su music of the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey.
In a graceful spin the dervishes gradually speed up and use the trance inspired rhythm sound of Ayub to elevate themselves closer to God: Allah. Its very beautiful to watch and powerful to play in a group of like minded drummers. In Egypt, Ayub is called Zar and is used for similar reasons but also to drive off evil spirits.
You will also nd Ayub being played across the Mahgreb. You will now notice the extra length of these patterns and Im sure also the familiar sound of Maqsum.
If you have listened to much Middle Eastern music then you will know what I mean! These rhythms are my teachers. I thought I could play them ten years ago and then discovered I didnt have the right feel. Then I thought I could play them correctly a few years ago but later learnt that I couldnt!!! I feel that I am just starting to get the hang of these now. I learnt some great ways to play maqsum and saiidi from a wonderful Lebanese player in Melbourne, Australia.
He showed me how to get the power and feel into it, to get the rhythm off the ground and take ight.