Guide to Improvised Drum Soloing

Ideas and exercises to make you excel in your improvisation

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This course is useful to any type of drummer, not only darbuka players.

Are you terrified of soloing? When it’s your turn to solo do you feel like a deer in the headlights, hands shaking and suddenly all the great ideas you had before suddenly gone? Do your hands get sweaty, your body tense and you lose your control? Do you find yourself returning again and again to the same old pattern? Do you have trouble figuring out how to end? This course is for you!

You will learn how to make interesting phrases on the fly, how to use contrast, dynamics, space, dialogue, time modulations, and how to actually practice soloing alone and with friends. You will also learn how to make a successful and fun improvised belly dance drum solo.

This course also includes backup tracks with bass darbuka and riq playing 4 of the main rhythms. The perfect way to practice your solo phrases!

Your Instructor

Raquy Danziger
Raquy Danziger

Hi, I'm Raquy and welcome to my Darbuka School!

Playing the darbuka is the love of my life.

Since I discovered this drum over 20 years ago, I've devoted myself to it in every aspect - practicing, performing, teaching, composing, even decorating my own drums! I have experience playing in traditional Middle Eastern ensembles, accompanying belly dance and my current projects features the darbuka as a shining solo instrument fit for a concert hall.

In the beginning of my darbuka journey I played traditional Arabic style. Then 10 years ago I saw what was happening in Turkey with this new "split hand" technique. I made my first pilgrimage to Istanbul to learn from the masters. I ended up moving to this magical city and opening the Darbuka Ofis in downtown Istanbul where you can still find me training daily with my Hocam, Bunyamin Olguncan and other Turkish drumming masters.

I'm passionate about teaching darbuka. I have devoted students all over the world who are now performing and teaching themselves. I have traveled far and wide, spreading joy and excitement for darbuka. I have developed an innovative teaching system, using an easily understood notation key which many darbuka players these days are using.

I'm thrilled to be able to present my teachings in this elegant platform. I love the fact that this is a living school that I can constantly update with the latest stuff.

May the darbuka bring you joy, inspiration and magical experiences as it has for me!

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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