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Advanced Finger Cymbals with Ansuya (Bellydance)


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Whether your style is American, Turkish or Tribal, you'll want to do more with your finger cymbals than play right-left-right. In this DVD, Ansuya will help you take your zilling to a new level! Demonstration and Technique: Ansuya breaks down each zill pattern into easy-to-follow demonstrations and explanations. You will learn specific technique, then pick up the speed as you follow along with the music. And of course you can't just stand there, so each zill pattern is accompanied by movements that fit the pattern so you can perfect your playing while you dance. Zill Drill: Join Ansuya in a practice session "Zill Drill" to master each pattern and perfect your transitioning from one zill pattern and its movements to another. You'll learn 6/8, 9/8, Masmoudi Kabir (8/4), Ayoub and Beledi (4/4) patterns and using singles for accents. Spicing It Up: Ansuya shows you how to introduce variations in to your zill patterns, including varying the sounds your zills make. Then she'll lead you through blending rhythms and improvising to have fun and add your own interpretation to the music. Performance: Ansuya performs using her finger cymbals to add musical energy and excitement to her dance!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ansuya
  • Directors: Susan T. Evans
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bayview Entertainment/Widowmaker
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CO4284
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,744 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sweeterpea on December 6, 2008
The sound track on this dvd is deplorable and annoying. The sound of the zills is not sharp and clear, instead its muffled and difficult to hear the difference between a tek and a dum. With an instructional zill dvd you would think that the soundtrack quality would be critical. In all honesty, I wanted to like this dvd. I like Ansuya and enjoyed her first zill dvd. I tried two copies and played it on three different dvd players with the same result - a terrible sound track. I don't understand why IAMED released such a poor product when they have a great track record of quality dvds. As far as using this dvd for drilling, it's too painful for me to listen to. I will be resellling my copy once I write out the rhythm patterns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Noelle Clarke on February 24, 2013
You'll want to have a notebook with you when you watch this DVD! Ansuya goes through the 6/8, 9/8 and Masmoudi rhythms. She tells you the counts, the "doom-teks", and then shows you her hands. She then goes over some simple footwork set to music so you have an idea of how to move your body to this rhythm. The best part of this DVD was the very end where she gives you some of her zill tricks--rotating your wrist when you play instead of just moving your fingers together to prevent wrist fatigue, and mixing up singles and 3's when you are playing.

I only wish that there had been more dancing in this DVD. Also, if you didn't already know what a Masmoudi rhythm sounds like or your "dooms" from your "teks", you'd be lost. The music she chose for the 9/8 section was very fast! I found myself reverting to the way my teacher approaches zills, thinking in your head "I can dance, I can dance, I can dance, I can dance, I can really dance I can really dance" instead of "doom teka doom teka tek tekatek teka doom teka-teka teka teka-teka teka teka". For the advanced dancer or instructor, this is a DVD you will want to watch though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Vanterpool on November 18, 2012
I love Ansuya and I probably own almost all of her DVD's. I gave this DVD 5 out of 5 stars. There are 2 things that I would change: I wish there were more zill patterns and I wished she explained the zill patterns like she did in her first DVD. In her first Finger Cymbal DVD, she broke down the patterns into sections, then you drilled the section, and then you put the pattern together. Now, because I believe that this DVD is geared for someone who knows how to play zills that could be why there is less explanation than the first DVD. However, that doesn't mean that you can add more zill patterns to your repertoire. There are several pros about this DVD:
* I like the Zill Drill where you practice the pattern and doing the step to help build up the stamina
* I like the explanation of how to get different sounds of the Finger Cymbals and then doing a Finger Cymbal pattern drill
* I like the Improvisation where she shows you how you change zill patterns and offers a quick of review of Zill patterns from Learn Finger Cymbal DVD
I would recommend this DVD to anyone who wants to continue to grow in the Finger Cymbal playing!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 10, 2009
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This is a good dvd, however I was expecting more zill patterns. Also, it went just a bit too fast, so I had to keep rewinding. Overall worth the money(discounted) I paid for it.
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I did enjoy this DVD. I do have a couple of grievances though. One thing is that Ansuya doesn't really go over that many patterns. Another is, like another reviewer mentioned, the audio is not all that great in places. There are a couple of places especially with the 6/8 rythm that the audio just sounds awful. I couldn't watch this video with headphones on but it was bearable to pop it in the DVD player and watch it that way (I like to watch instructional videos before working with them to get an overview!). Anyways, I didn't feel that it detracted all that much from the overall instructional quality of the DVD. Ansuya has always been one of my absolute favorite bellydancers. Let's face it, for those who are serious about those four tiny brass objects that enhance the beautiful music we dance to, there just isn't a big market out there to really teach us the ins and outs of playing them and playing them well. So, I guess it's an issue of "we've got it and you need it" with this DVD. With that said, this DVD is great quality as far as what you can take away from it. It seems that there are areas though where ansuya just starts showing you how it's done without giving you a step-by-step instruction to follow along (I guess that's why they call it "advanced" finger cymbals after all). She just starts playing and you have to keep up.

She breaks down the rythm with a "right-left-right" explanation and also with a "doum-tek-ka" kind of explanation which is very good.
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