-- Drum Page
...I just couldn't resist the cheezy animated gif...
I am the lead drummer for a Middle Eastern dance and music troup
called Khafif (based in Pittsburgh,
PA). I currently have more drums than I can play at one time (although
I have been building them instead of buying them in an attempt to
slow my fervor...a good suggestion if you have become a drum addict),
and the bruising from my housemates when I practice in the house has
lessened a bit, since drumming is not nearly as obnoxious as that
pesky mizmar... :-)
I also drum with an incredible vocal group that performs Balkan music: alternatively known as "Svezda" or "The Balkan Babes".
Here are some resources that I have authored on hand drumming. They
have a particularly Middle Eastern and Meditaranean bias (as that is the
style of drumming that I do):
Middle Eastern Percussion Resources
traditional dumbek/dance rhythms. This is a list of rhythms with
comments about how they are traditionally used and notes on playing
-- Middle Eastern Percussion Class Handout.
A handout for an intro Middle Eastern percussion class.
MIDI Rhythm Generator -- a generator of standard MIDI for hand drum
rhythms that I'm working on.
Jas's rhythm tools for the Palm Pilot
Quick notes on playing the Riq (Middle Eastern Tamborine)
Places to get drums:
-- a friend of mine who is an importer (tell him I sent you!) --
good stuff and reasonable prices -- check out the frame drums -- a good
assortment of African stuff as well as dumbeks.
Touch the Earth -- friends
from Stuart Virginia. They do a lot of importing of Turkish and
Egyptian instruments as well as other goods from all over the world.
They have, at various times, pretty much every kind of ethnic hand
drum you would want. Their website is kind of skimpy at the moment, but
if you call them and tell them what you want I'm sure they will help
MidEast Manufacturing -- "The Ethnic
Musical Instruments Co." -- probably the best place to get the common
sort of ceramic dumbek; high quality and reasonable prices. (Also they
re-head drums -- including mounting non-skin heads (e.g. fiberskyn) on
ceramic, which is not something to do at home unless you really know what
Lark in the Morning -- a supplier
for a dizzying array of domestic and ethnic instruments. You can get just
about anything, but you can usually do better in terms of price/quality
if you shop around.
Here are some more resources on the web relevant to dance and drumming
Some of these links may be bad -- I haven't had a chance to check them recently...
Mark's : Learning Middle Eastern Percussion -- an extensive list of
suppliers and sources for learning materials about Middle Eastern percusson
UCLA School of Ethnomusicology, Near East Music Ensemble Page -- Most Excellent Site! Has samples and Quicktime movies of various instruments (including Dumbec, Riq, Frame Drum) traditionally played.
Ancient Future: World
Music Online. All sorts of info/links/stuff on traditional world
music and dance -- MP3 files, and MIDI files of world drum grooves.
Sartakh's Veil and
Drum site -- cool, added some rhythm samples.
Armando "Uncle Mafufo" -- of Sirocco; Instructional resources for ME percussion.
"Belly" Dance Home Page
Jim Z's cool drum making
project -- I wish I had the time...
Shira's ME Dance Site -- lots of good
Eastern Dance Resources
WWW Drum and Percussion Page
Nott's Home page -- follow
the drum links for some other rhythms.
is one of them thar "Dumbeks" anyway?
Rhythms -- Also check out his instructional video -- probably the best
one I've seen for the beginning ME drummer...
Karadenis's Notes for
a class on drumming for accompanying Middle Eastern music.
Rhythm Web's Drum Circle
Middle Eastern Percussionist Anne Harkin -- Australia
Mundobeat Drum Metronome -- a programmable metronome for rhythm instruction
More Links from our troupe
Doumbek re-heading instructions (several people have asked and I can't
find any other web resource...email me if you know of one)
Instructions on how to interpret drum rhythms for the zills (people
have asked about this too).
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