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Drummer Talk 216 – Dombek 101

Troy is live in the studio today and we explore the basics of Middle Eastern dombek rhythms. In the news, we cover Ginger Baker’s grumpy take on the Rolling Stones, and how science proves that drummers are smart!

 

News

Topic Notes

NOTATION

(This text taken from Kahfif Music & Dance – http://www.khafif.com. All copyrights remain the property of their respective owner. )

Text Key:

  • D Dum (right hand clear low tone)
  • T Tek (right hand high crisp tone)
  • K Ka (left hand, sounds like Tek)
  • - space after note (sustain)
  • _ space during a rest
  • . shortened space
  • S Slap (loud or accented right hand, non-clear tone)
  • m Alternate "Dum" (left hand low tone, often muffled)
  • | inter-measure break

 

MAQSUM

1-+-2-+-3-+-4-+-|
D-T-__T-D-__T-__| basic form
D-T-kkT-D-kkT-kk| filled
D-S-tkS-D-tkS-tk| accented



BALADII

1-+-2-+-3-+-4-+-|
D-D-__T-D-__T-__| basic form
D-D-tkT-D-tkT-tk| filled
D-D-t-S-D-t-S-tk| "Egyptian Classical"

 

WALKING MAQSUM

1-+-2-+-3-+-4-+-|
D-T-k-T-D-k-T---|
D-T-k-T-D-k-T-tk| with the bridge

 

SAYYIDII

1-+-2-+-3-+-4-+-|
D-T-__D-D-__T-__|
D-T-tkD-D-tkT-tk|
D-tk-kD-D-tkT-tk| syncopated at the beginning
DkS-kkDDD-tkS-tk| syncopated with 3 DUMs

 

SOMBATI

1-+-2-+-3-+-4-+-|
D-__T-T-D-__T-__|
D-_kTkT-D-kkT-tk|

 

WAAHIDA

1-+-2-+-3-+-4-+-|
D---____D---m---| sayyaara (slow)
D---____T---k---|
D---__T-____T---| saghiira
D-Tk-kT-Tk-kT-k-| khafiif (fast)

 

BAMBII

1-+-2-+-3-+-4-+-|
D-Tk-kT-Tk-kD-D-|
D-D-D-Tk-kT-Tk-k|

CIFTITELLI

1-+-2-+-3-+-4-+-5-+-6-+-7-+-8-+-|
D---__T---__T---D---D---T---____|
D-tkt-T-tkD-T-tkD---D---Tktkt---|

 

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