Doumbek Technique and Rhythms for Arabic Percussion, with Amir Naoum: Beginner level Doumbek instruction, Doumbek how-to, Play Doumbek for belly dance
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If you are a dancer Amir Naoum's clear introduction to the most popular bellydance rhythms and their subtle variations will help you learn to recognize the rhythms even in their most sophisticated forms. If you are a beginning drummer this DVD will serve as a very accessible friendly and solid introduction to the art of Middle Eastern percussion.
This program is a beginner-level doumbek instructional course with a lot of beyond-the-basics information and spectacular demonstrations of Middle Eastern drumming and dance rhythms.
Syllabic notation is displayed onscreen progressively changing in real time as the instructor plays the rhythms and exercises. Extensive chapter selection menus with individual access to each rhythm exercise type of sound etc. Rhythms: * Malfouf 2/4 basic filled variations;
* Ayoub 2/4 basic Ayoub variations syncopated Ayoub;
* Maksoum 4/4 old-fashioned Maksoum;
* Arabic Maksoum 1 Arabic Maksoum 2 variations;
* Baladi 4/4 old-fashioned Baladi;
* Arabic style Baladi 1 & 2 Arabic baladis with slap and pop variations;
* Saiidi 4/4 Saiidi 1 (old-fashioned) with variations;
* Saiidi 2 (City Saiidi modern) and 6 City Saiidi variations;
* Soumbati 4/4 1 2 and 3 (Bambi);
* Masmoudi 8/4 basic masmoudi ways to fill it; 4 variations;
* Ciftitelli 8/4 basic ways to fill it variation with pops
About the Actor
Amir attended the Studio al-Fann (The Art Studio) the most famous and renowned conservatory of music in Beirut, Lebanon. Since coming to the United States in 1977, Amir has performed for Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Jewish, Armenian, and of course, American audiences. He has performed at locations across the US and Canada, becoming one of the most prominent Arabic-style drummers in North America. Amir Naoum has performed particularly extensively in New York City: At all the major Middle Eastern nightclubs; Carnegie Hall; Town Hall; Lincoln Center; The Merkin Concert Hall; and special cultural appearances for The United Nations.
Amir's drumming is often featured on radio and TV broadcasts, in films, and on a long list of Arab, Armenian, Turkish,Greek, Jewish, Latin Pop, and Indian-Arab Fusion recordings.
Amir Naoum is a master teacher of dumbek and other instruments of Arab percussion. He has taught in New York and New Jersey since 1979, and seen many of his students go on to become professional drummers themselves. Amir is proficient not only on dumbek, but also on tambourine (riq), muzhar, and bendir.
Top Customer Reviews
I love how easy the format is to follow, you can go all at your own speed and pace, and navigate through the different sections and lessons by a simple click of your remote thanks to the convenient index of the lessons. Repeat a section as many times as you need or jump ahead to something more advanced...you won't be bored! The quality of the screen and sound is excellent, this isn't a shoddy homemade instructional DVD!
I'd like to note that Middle Eastern Dancers/Belly Dancers will also find this DVD a great resource even if you don't plan on learning to drum. You can gain a great familiarity with the instrument and to instantly recognize the various Arabic rhythms by sound and name. It will really enhance your dance experience. I've found it invaluable for increasing my understanding of the music and rhythms I dance to. After watching, you just might want to give drumming a try!
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His treatment of the Ayub, probably the easiest rhythm, and the second one that he introduces, covers the fundamental rhythm and then immediately moves on to a syncopated version for which he gives no notation or further explanation. Someone who already knows how to drum might be able to follow whats going on but I had no clue! Ive listend to that piece about 10 times and I still feel I am only guessing. Encountering this kind of stumbling block early in the course is discouraging.
This is a good reference disk since it covers all the main rhythms and explains clearly how to vary and embelish them but I feel its not suitable for a beginner starting from zero
The instructor is very clear and his technique is superb. The video starts with simple but important exercises that get more and more complex. All main Arab rhythms are covered and there are some nice demonstrations of what they sound like in a performance.
The one thing that is missing is an actual performance, where the viewer could see the different rhythms in a whole song, as well as have a taste of more advanced techniques, which are not addressed in this DVD.
If you want to start to learn how to play the doumbek or want to improve your basic technique this video is a must. It's probably useful for bellydancers and other musicians wanting to get familiarized with Arab rhythms.
Hope it helps.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Meh. Its a fair intro but I found YouTube video series that were better and had a lot more to offer.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amir is a very good teacher and this DVD offers a great series of lessons. He provides a quick but good overview of the traditional size doumbek as well as the larger Sombati size... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dave Hare
I bought this after the videos from drum enthusiasts online left me feeling lacking. This video is perfect to start learning. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Wow!!! Really getting the beat of things!!!! I am in love with this DVD. I just can't put it to rest. All dancers in any level will benefit from this DVD. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Prof.Omayra Vedbraaten
I am having fun learning to play my Doumbek with this very well done DVD. The instructions are clear and have an easy to follow progression.Published 19 months ago by L. Schwartz