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Top Darbuka Rhythms

Rhythms Every Darbuka Player Should Know

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This course breaks down the rhythms most used in Middle Eastern standard repertoire. With these rhythms you will be able to play a majority of the Turkish, Arabic and Greek repertoire.

This course includes a review of the basic hits needed to play these rhythms.

A simple version of each rhythm is presented that can be played using either Arabic or Split Hand Technique.

You will get a notification when a new rhythm is added.

So far the rhythms are:
Masmoudi
Baladi
Saiidi
Maksum
Felahi
Malfuf
Chiftetelli
Wahta
Bambi
Ayub
Moroccan 6
Persian 6
Laaz
Kalamatianos
Turkish 9
Zeybehiko
Jorjuna
Samai
Debke




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!


Course Curriculum


  Introduction
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  Review of Basic Hits
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  Notation of Top 18 Rhythms
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  Songs that include several rhythms from Baladi and Malfuf Families
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  In 7
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  in 12 - Debke!
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  Congratulations
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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.

Congratulations for finishing this course!

If you enjoyed this, you will absolutely love the unlimited access membership, where you get unlimited access to all the courses in the school as well as the latest material that is added every week!

As a gift to you for finishing this course, here is a 20% discount off of the unlimited access membership! Use the code congrats at check-out.

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