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Split hand Darbuka - Full Course

Beginning to Advanced

Welcome to the world of Split Hand Darbuka!

Split Hand is a new style from Turkey that gives you beautiful sounds, speed and dexterity like never before.

After training in Istanbul for 9 years, I'm thrilled to present this material to you in a fun easy way that includes videos lessons along with notation and mp3s.

It will be simple and fun to follow and you can easily keep track of your progress.

When you complete the lessons and exercises of this course you will have a solid foundation of the hits and rhythms used in this incredible new style. You will be able to play full compositions and you will be on the path to becoming a darbuka virtuoso!

There is no shortcut to attaining proficiency in this style. Even with great natural talent and regular practice, it will take a while for you to become technically comfortable. But if you persevere, you will get beyond the awkward stage and find yourself at a level where the beautiful, fast rolls flow through you effortlessly, producing a sense of exhilaration that makes you feel as though you are flying! At this level, you are able to play not only Arabic and Turkish styles, but Persian and Indian as well, with an ease, grace and elegance you never imagined. You discover an infinite number of sounds between the Dum and the Kik and you have the facility to manipulate theses sounds to create melodies.

This style has the potential to for great speed. But please be patient. You will only sound good fast if you practice everything slow enough and make the beauty of each hit your biggest priority, not the speed.

And most importantly enjoy the process!


Your Instructor


Raquy Danziger
Raquy Danziger


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
Bewitched 2009
Mischief 2008
Naked 2007
Jordan 2005
Dust 2004
Masmoudi 2001

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


Class Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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