Doumbek Rhythm Cheat Sheet. Uploaded by Carmine T. Guida. This is a rhythm sheet I used to give out in classes. Please feel free to share this as much as you. Dumbek rhythms are a collection of rhythms that are usually played with hand drums such as the dumbek. These rhythms are various combinations of these. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Music Rhythms: Diagrams and Performance Aids .. and rolls. Darbuka Belly doumbek solo with a frame drum back up.

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Sahal Said plays what must be the Egyptian style, very filled rhythmx and less syncopated. For me, chanting the rhythm helps me learn new rhythms as well as remember the old ones. So I want to learn some rhythms. However many people find it easier to learn and teach by using the traditional names to indicate the preferred hand to strike with.

There are many accomplished drummers who will play the drum while holding it between their knees. This is the rhythm that goes with it. Bayou is a rhythm with the same time pattern but has a double DUM and is usually played more slowly — it rhythmz often used in belly dance drum solos.

The traditional position for holding the doumbek while playing is to hold it across your left leg if you are right handed, and across your right leg if you are left handed. I have also heard “dawr hindii” called “sheelto” I don’t know whether rhythsm is correct as I’ve also heard a similar 6 beat rhythm referred to as sheelto.

A “rest” in music is a space for a note that is not played. Voumbek actual difference between the Tek and the Ka, which according to traditional doumbek playing style may be played by either hand, is the accent that is given to the note.

Song and doumbbek Impromptu solo to live music. These rhythms tend to be found more in rhytyms music rather than folk music of the Middle East.


One of these days I may figure out a way to teach the rhythms using the appropriate references. Many tunes are in measures of 2 with a tendency to use triplets to fill the rhythm — so they may sound or count more like 6s.

They call that music khaligi. Studying rhythmic modes is even more difficult — very little rhythmic notation exists, even for songs that are otherwise quite well documented. Greek writers on the subject were fairly technical, but it seems that not much about rhythmic structure was formalized. These were loud affairs consisting of many percussion instruments, horns, and loud reeds.

Used by Egyptian composer Mohamed Abdel Wahab. Short clear rhythm video by Salah Said. It is used in modern Egyptian music and sometimes alternated with similar rhythms as a part of a song. The proper timing can be determined by reading the timing chart and playing the appropriate note on the appropriate beat. It is usually very fast and often evenly filled. Karsilama means “face-to-face” in Turkish.

Dumbek rhythms – Wikipedia

My opinion is that they probably look even more foolish stumbling over and over again on the rhythm, simply because they refuse to use all tools at hand. Short, simple and clear video, posted by Salah Said but probably by Karim Nagi. The term “aqsaaq” is used by Turkish musicians and others to describe a wide variety of rhythms counted in groups doumbekk 2s and 3s that are not even.

This makes it nearly impossible to reconstruct his examples with any rhythmic accuracy and leads one to suspect we may not be able to interpret any of the modes with certainty. Drum shapes and traditional playing styles. Modern traditional Persian music, for instance rarely has rhythms that are not cycles of 2, 4, or 6 beats while historical records seem to indicate that much longer cycles were common in the past.

A 3 leading beat version is called “walking masmoudi” — the even stride making dlumbek particularly suited for marching. Where xoumbek we start?


The way he describes the rhythms is in terms of segments feet of long and short syllables. In Persia there is still a fading classical tradition for music and song that has no western sense of fixed measure but is based on a loose poetic meter.

Aqsaq rhythms do not necessarily well fit our western traditions of ratioed measures — playing correctly is more about fitting the phrasing and timing of the song than some mathematical structure. It is played in areas of the Middle East from Turkey through to Egypt.

Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Music Rhythms: Diagrams and Performance Aids

The basic maqsuum played half as quickly is known as “maSmuudii”. Remember to ‘Do the Chant’. It is, at its basis if you cross your eyes a lotsimilar to a maqsuum.

But if you are in Turkey, ciftetelli is played quite differently, and in fact there are two quite distinct ciftetellis fast and slow. I rhytthms the middle and the ring fingers.

I invite questions and commentary from all. Note that, although the rhythm theoretically has a DUM at the beginning, after the initial cycle of the rhythm that beat it is often alternatively played as a TEK.

Quick and Dirty Guide to the Doumbek

The muwashshah form, which was utilized by major poets, also emerged as a musical form rhgthms survived as such in North African cities and in the Levant, an area covering what is known historically as greater Syria and Palestine. Hard to explain, no? If you think of it long-short-short-long you’ll probably get doumbe. Salah Saidfull-tilt boogie. What’s the earliest documented rhythm?

The simple Maqsum is the basis of many rhythms and is especially important in modern and folk Egyptian rhythm. In parts of the Mahgreb e.