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 I have just finalized this full course of our latest method.

This technique can be applied to both natural skin clay darbukas and metal Arabic style darbukas, as long as the drum has a rounded rim.

Using videos, notation and mp3s, I have systematically broken down this rich style into fun, easily digestible sections..

Step by step from “How to hold it”I will guide you through this wonderful world where you will learn how to make beautiful sounds with ease and grace.

You will be able to play the most common Middle Eastern Rhythms using this technique as well as Persian, Indian, Funk, Samba and more.

At the end of the course you will be able to play many of the compositions you've been watching me play on youtube!

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
  • 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 that I break down for you.

Bünyamin and I are always coming up with new techniques, patterns and compositions. This platform allows this course to be totally flexible, allowing me to continuously update and improve the material.

This style has the potential 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

  PDF of Instruction
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  Seating Holding & Posture
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  Closed Hits
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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?
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