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Baby Beginner Doumbek Workshop

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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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Product Details

  • 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
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  • 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: #279,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This review was written by Maya, a belly dance instructor, and Mustafa, a doumbek rock star wannabe.

Maya:

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.

Mustafa:

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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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 - dorkU.com. 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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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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Great brass-tacks basics class, taught with clarity and humor in the supportive atmosphere of Carmine's virtual classroom. Basics skills and rhythms are broken down and drilled - lots of belly dance teaching DVDs leave the drilling part to you, so you have to pause the disc to practice. I really appreciated Carmine taking the time for the repetitions that, as he says, will get the skills out of your head and into your hands. Also appreciate his emphasis on relaxation as an important part of technique. I'll be buying his next level teaching disc for sure.
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Carmine is not very eloquent, but then again few musicians are. I make my living with language; I guess they let the music do the talking. By this I mean that you wouldn't learn how to hold the drum (and your hands and arms) by listening to him alone. But since this is a DVD and not a CD, you can see how he does it.

However, Carmine does have many skills and character traits which are essential to a good teacher. He is very patient, kind and gentle and he is clearly enjoying himself even at this basic level. I can't detect any arrogance, which is a big plus in my book. Even though this level is "baby beginner" indeed, he builds up a good sense of confidence and achievement.

A wonderful first step -- highly recommended!
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