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.
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.
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,
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
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!