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Darbuka Method - Split Hand

Modern Turkish Split Hand - Full Course by Raquy and Bünyamin

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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 with Bünyamin Olguncan Istanbul for the last nine years, Raquy created this course that makes this style accessible to all drummers. The techniques are broken down in a fun and methodical way into easily digestible sections with the help of videos, notation and mp3s.

This Method Includes:

  • Video instruction and demonstration by Raquy and Bünyamin
  • Introducing the Periodic Table of Sounds
  • Bending, Sliding, and Muting
  • New rolls such as Laughing Roll and Drunk Roll
  • How to play the traditional rhythms using this technique.
  • Meet Baby Dum and Dirty Dum
  • Split Hand for Metal Drum
  • Notation and videos of compositions
  • Time Exercises
  • Life at the Darbuka Ofis
  • Etiquette in a Turkish Drum Jam

Bünyamin Olguncan is the source of most of this material. It is a real treat that in this course you see his beautiful hands demonstrating the techniques.

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Your Instructor


Raquy Danziger
Raquy Danziger
Raquy Danziger is a celebrated performer, teacher and composer known for her expertise on the darbuka*, the Middle-Eastern goblet drum. Raquy has performed and taught around the globe from the great concert halls of Egypt to remote towns in Siberia, spreading love and excitement for darbuka drumming. Her unique and systematic approach has helped elevate this ancient drum to be a shining solo instrument fit for a concert hall.
Raquy specializes in the split hand technique, which is a fast and elaborate drumming style. She also plays the mystical twelve- string King Kemenche Tarhu, a rare and exotic bowed instrument,
Raquy has performed in Egypt as a soloist with The Egyptian "King of Tabla" - Said El Artist, and his drumming orchestra in the great concert halls of Egypt. She has appeared at Lincoln Center, at CRR concert hall in Istanbul, and in many festivals. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Meet the Composer grant. 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 gotten her invitations to teach all over the globe. Besides teaching at her Istanbul school, The Darbuka Ofis , she offers drumming immersions, university master classes and workshops.
Raquy has invented a unique notation system for the darbuka that many people are using today. She has produced five instructional methods, and now all of her teachings are available through her Online Darbuka School. She has created her own line of custom-designed drums that are available through her online store - The Raquy Drum Store.
Raquy has composed over 50 melodic compositions as well as countless drumming pieces which can be head in her concerts and in her 13 albums.
Raquy is proud to be an active disciple of:
Bünyamin Olguncan - Darbuka
Imamyar Hasanov - Kemamche
*Darbuka is also known as: tabla, dumbek, doumbek, darbake, dumberleki, tarabuka, tarabaki, derbake, debuka, dumbec, dumbeg, dumbelek, tablah, toumperleki or zerbaghali

Raquy’s albums include:

Darbuka Magic, 2017
Neverland, 2017
Monkey Mind, 2015
Bal Dudak, 2013
Release the Green Lover 2010Bewitched 2009
Mischief 2008
Naked 2007
Jordan 2005
Dust 2004
Masmoudi 2001

She has created 5 darbuka instructional methods:

Darbuka Method - 2018
Dumbek Fever IV - 2014
Dumbek Fever III - 2011
Dumbek Fever II- 2008
Dumbek Fever I - 2005


Class Curriculum


  PDF of Instruction
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  Seating Holding & Posture
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  Closed Hits
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  Congratulations!
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  Pops and Snaps on Metal Drum
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  Easy Composition for 2 Darbukas
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  Duets with Simple and Advanced Parts
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  Compositions for Darbuka w Melody
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  Ins and Outs of the Darbuka Scene in Istanbul Today
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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?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
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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