Amir Naoum Chehade
New York'
s most renowned Middle Eastern drummer

instructional DVD
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Basic technique
Types of doumbeks
9 Exercises


Malfouf 2/4 basic and "filled" versions and variations;

Ayoub 2/4 basic Ayoub, variations, syncopated Ayoub;

Maksoum 4/4 old-fashioned Maksoum; Arabic Maksoum 1, Arabic Maksoum 2, Arabic Maksoum 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, opposite to Baladi) and 6 "City Saiidi" variations;

Soumbati 4/4 1, 2 and 3 ("Bambi");

Masmoudi 8/4 basic masmoudi, ways to fill it; 4 masmoudi variations;

Ciftitelli 8/4 basic rhythm and ways to fill it, variation with pops;

Rhythms demonstration:
Amir Naoum - Doumbek
Aziz Abbas (NYC) - Riq

Other names and spellings for doumbek:

doumbek, dumbek, darbuka, darabuka, tabla, goblet drum

Doumbek Technique & Rhythms
for Arabic Percussion, Bellydance & Drum Circles -
featuring Amir Naoum
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RT: 60 min. | English | 16:9  NTSC | produced by WorldDance New York

Learn to play doumbek (dumbek, darbuka) with New York's most beloved Arabic percussionist, the master instructor, the one and only Amir Naoum!

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.

If you are a dancer, Amir Naoum's clear introduction to the most popular bellydance rhythms and their more subtle variations will help you learn to recognize the rhythms, even in their most sophisticated forms.

Born in Syria and raised in Lebanon, Amir Naoum has played in NYC Arabic clubs, for family celebrations and bellydance shows for over 30 years. He has contributed generously to the success of most New York star bellydancers and Middle Eastern percussionists. Amir's method of teaching Middle Eastern rhythms and doumbek technique have helped many dancers and drummers take their first steps toward understanding Middle Eastern rhythms, and develop toward higher levels of musicality and doumbek playing technique. Amir is known for his warm, welcoming, encouraging teaching style and for helping dancers at every level of skill do their best in performance.

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.

Amir Naoum (doumbek) and Aziz Abbas (riq)


• Syllabic notation is displayed onscreen, progressively changing in real time as the instructor plays the rhythms, rhythm variations, and exercises;

• Extensive chapter selection menus with individual access to each rhythm, exercise, type of sound, etc.

• Onscreen titles identify chapters, names of rhythms, sounds and exercises at all times for easy navigation.

• Detailed instructions of how to hold the doumbek, how to produce the basic doumbek strokes: dum (doum), tek, ka (the secondary hand "tek"), pop (ketem) and slap (sek);

• Introduction to the types of doumbeks: clay doumbeks with fish (goat) skin vs tunable doumbeks with plastic head; soumbati doumbeks;

• 9 exercises to develop finger strength and nimbleness and master the basic sounds and the most typical sound combinations;

• Practice = Play Along - Follow Amir Naoum as he plays the exercises you've just learned;

• Detailed explanation of the most popular Middle Eastern music / dance / bellydance rhythms; demonstration of basic and "filled" versions of the rhythms, ways to play them, demonstrations of rhythms "Arabic-style," comments on what rhythms are modern / traditional / popular among Arab drummers;

Demonstration of the rhythms you've just learned by the two masters of Arabic percussion - Amir Naoum (doumbek) and Aziz Abbas (riq); enjoy the full scale of subtleties and rhythms embellishments and be inspired to play!