Welcome to the world of Split Hand!
Discover a world of infinite sounds on your drum!
This method starts with the basics and proceeds to advanced material by the end. Suitable for all levels.
Raquy is based in Istanbul, the center of the Turkish split hand drumming revolution, where she continues to practice with her teacher Bünyamin Olguncan. Her school, The Darbuka Ofis, is a meeting place for drummers from all over the world who gather to learn this incredible new style.
The Split Hand technique is a new style that was invented by Misirli Ahmet about 20 years ago. In this style we use the individual fingers as opposed to the whole hand, so we can get very intricate and fast. It takes some practice and dedication to do this but you will love the results!
You will need either a metal darbuka with a rounded rim or a clay natural skin darbuka to do these lessons.
If you need to buy a drum, we carry all types of darbukas at the Raquy Drum Store - www.raquydrumstore.com
This is what metal drum looks like:
This is what Clay Drum Looks Like:
This course starts from the beginning (how to make basic hits, etc). This is latest method that follows the most updated notation key.
This course includes:
After completing this course you will be ready to follow the weekly advanced broadcasts.
You can actually begin following the broadcast early on by copying the right (dominant) hand only. That way you get familiar with the patterns before you have speed. Once you've practiced enough to get speed, you can add the left hand.
Raquy Danziger is a celebrated performer, teacher, and composer known worldwide for her expertise on the dumbek, or darbuka, the Middle-Eastern goblet drum. Hailing from unlikely Western roots, Raquy has distinguished herself as a unique phenomenon and earned a place of renown in the genre. She has collaborated and performed with some of the most famous Middle Eastern drummers in the world and has given concerts and workshops across the USA, Canada, The Middle East, Asia, Europe, Russia and South America.
Now based in Istanbul, Turkey, Raquy specializes in the Turkish Split Hand Technique. This style was born twenty years ago when the Turkish drummers began splitting the hand, thus attaining unprecedented speed and dexterity. In 2012 Raquy opened her “Darbuka Ofis” in downtown Istanbul, where she trains daily under the direction of her teacher master drummer Bunyamin Olguncan. Her Ofis has become a center for drumming., attracting drummers from all over the world who flock to Istanbul to learn from Raquy and Bunyamin.
In addition to the dumbek, Raquy also plays the twelve- string Kemenche Tarhu, a rare and exotic bowed instrument, designed after the Iranian spike fiddle. She currently studies the kemenche with Iranian kemenche master Arlsan Hazreti in Istanbul. Raquy has composed over thirty melodic pieces and for the kemenche as well as countless drumming pieces which she plays in her concerts and which can be heard in the nine albums she has released.
She has had the honor of performing several times in Egypt as a soloist with Said El Artist (The Egyptian "King of Tabla") and his drumming orchestra at the Cairo Opera House, the Alexandria Opera House, the Cairo Citadel, the historic Ewart Hall in downtown Cairo, and the Great Hall in the Bibliotheque in Alexandria. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Meet the Composer grant, which enabled her to perform her original composition with Said El Artist's orchestra in Egypt. Raquy has appeared on Good Morning Egypt, Leila Kebira, O TV, the Culture Channel,Turkish Television, Arabs Got Talent, and has been interviewed on Al Gezira.
Raquy's infectious enthusiasm for Middle Eastern music has attracted students from around the globe. She has released four Dumbek Instructional Kits each of which includes a book, a DVD and a CD. These have helped to spread “Dumbek Fever” far and wide, opening new horizons for students. Raquy hosts drumming retreats and seminars for her students in various locations across the globe. She has also created her own line of custom-designed drums that are available through her online store - The Raquy Drum Store.
Raquy’s albums include:
Monkey Mind, 2015
Bal Dudak, 2013
Release the Green Lover 2010
Her other publications include the following instruction book/dvd/ cd kits:
Dumbek Fever IV - 2014
Dumbek Fever III - 2011
Dumbek Fever II- 2008
Dumbek Fever I - 2005