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Baby Beginner Doumbek Workshop

Carmine T. Guida , Carmine T. Guida  |  Unrated |  DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carmine T. Guida
  • Directors: Carmine T. Guida
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: 331 Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YJ6FGA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,047 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Learn beginner doumbek technique and traditional Middle Eastern rhythms with Carmine T. Guida. This instructional video breaks down the basic hits "Doum", "Tek", and "Ka" and introduces you to your first rhythms: Maqsum, Baladi, Saidi, Ayub and Çiftetelli. Filmed live in three different locations, this DVD captures Carmine's enthusiasm for teaching and his ability to make drumming accessible to everyone.

About the Actor

Carmine is an accomplished instructor, teaching doumbek both nationally and internationally. His students compliment his lively and engaging teaching style and his ability to make complex technique and intricate rhythms easy to learn. Located in New York City, Carmine is a member of several music ensembles including Middle Eastern fusion group "Djinn" and traditional music group "The Turkish Band Camp All Stars". Carmine has been featured as a musician on several other CDs and DVDs.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny December 11, 2007
This review was written by Maya, a belly dance instructor, and Mustafa, a doumbek rock star wannabe.


I really enjoyed this DVD. I appreciated the time taken to explain proper drumming technique (especially since I realized after watching it the first time that I had been doing the "ka" sound wrong). The explanations of each rhythm are thorough without being confusing and are interspersed with a good dose of Carmine's wacky sense of humor (especially the mizmar imitation while drumming chiftetelli). The pace of the instruction is slow enough for the viewer to grasp each concept and practice it but fast paced enough so that you don't get bored. It truly is suitable for babies- my 18 month old son now runs around saying doum and tek!- and beginners with enough challenges to keep you practicing for a while before you master everything on it. If you can't take a drumming workshop with a live instructor in your area, buy this DVD. You'll get your money's worth.


The DVD is filmed live during three Baby Beginner Doumbek workshops. (Nice editing job). This made it more interesting to watch than say someone staring at the camera telling you what to do. It made me feel that I was part of the class, yet I could pause, rewind, or fast forward the DVD whenever I needed to. Carmine breaks it down enough for me to actually get it. It was helpful to start with the simplified version of each rhythm and once that was imprinted in muscle memory the filled in fancy version was easier to play.

After the workshops are over, Carmine plays in two jam sessions and a performance. It is AWEsome to watch and hear. I had to zoom in on his hands and slow the motion down to try to figure out how the heck he's making those sounds. That didn't quite reveal his technique, however. It left me wishing Carmine would produce an intermediate level doumbek DVD.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't read music!! This DVD is Awesome!! March 4, 2008
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I have purchased several "How to" doumbek books and then realized that they were no help because I can't read music. I have an idea of basic Belly Dance rhythms from dancing for 15 years, and I can say them and dance to them but had no idea how to "take them out of my head and play them on the Drum!"

I found a great website and joined that - I emailed my consern about drumming and not being able to read music. The person (Carmine Guida himself!!) suggested the "Baby Beginners Doumbek Workshop"

One of the best things about the DVD is you are drumming a beat in the first few minutes, (one you recognize) After trying to teach myself to read music from a book #%^&*!(I had no idea that some of the rhythms would only be played with the right hand! (I am sure before I looked like I was slapping out a fire!!)

Carmine Guida is an "awesome" "fun" instructor, the DVD starts out super simple and takes you to where you are ready to party and drum with others! I am sure I have become an annoying person (more annoying) because every time I have company I make them play with me(I have two drums!!) . Everyone has been totally impressed with the fact that right away they are drumming and sounding spectacular! If I had 3 thumbs, I would give it a 3 thumbs up!!!! Carol
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginner Video June 2, 2008
By Justin
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This video is great. I have now watched it three times and am already getting the hang of this. I even learned the CA sound on the first day watching this video. The instructor makes it fun and entertaining. I def. recommend this video to anyone who is interested in learning the Doumbek.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start but now I want more! July 31, 2009
By David
I bought this DVD from Carmine at a show in Virginia. I thought the 5 minute conversation that I had with him was funny and watching him drum was very impressive so I figured that the DVD would be educational and entertaining. I was right. After attempting with other instructional DVDs and being frustrated to the point of giving up, I was preaching AWEsome (Carmine's trademark saying apparently) and actually drumming beats that even impressed my belly dancing wife.
Carmine's style of teaching is perfect to get you drumming several beats in less than 30 minutes with great results. It will be a while before I can go from the "filled Baladi" to the Ayub and back but I am working on it after only one evening!

I highly recommend this DVD and hope that he has plans for another one that is at the next level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome DVD~! {for the doumbek drummer in you!} April 3, 2012
Six months ago, 1x week, I started taking drum circle doumbek lessons {realizing to be a better belly dancer, i should know the drum beats & rhythms}.
I had a hard time drumming by myself, remembering the lessons learned; a Belly Sista gave me Carmine T. Guida's "Baby Beginner Doumbek Workshop" DVD - AMAZING! - Carmine's way of explaining the positions of the fingers, the hands, the wrists, the Doums - Tek and the Ka's, drills, learning the basics of middle eastern drumming along with Carmine's students in a fun DVD. . from this DVD i learned rhythms (Maqsum, Baladi & Saidi)-- the totally awesome way carmine puts the transition between Baladi and Ayub . . i'm on Amazon tonight to purchase his next advanced DVD. . .

~if YOU want to learn to play the doumbek, you NEED to get this DVD! 5***** Kim K'mika - Ghada Girls Belly Dancer~
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