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Darbuka Teachers Resources

Darbuka-Frame Drum-Clappingc 2009 Fingers of Fury
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Trance ensemble workshop

The following trance influenced composition was inspired by the wonderful musician Hamza El Din. It consists of a simple yet clever darbuka rhythm in a four beat cycle which is then crossed with another rhythm on the frame drum. Once this has been established we then add the clapping pattern.

In this chart I have included a basic clapping pattern that sounds fantastic and will only take a short while for students to learn. For a longer and more complicated clapping pattern please refer to the ‘Percussion of the Arabic world and beyond’ e-book featured on the Fingers of Fury website.

Remember to layer each part allowing time for the new sections to settle and become locked in. There is no rush with this piece. It is trance drumming, search for that feeling and you will be rewarded. This is an ensemble composition and all drummers must work as one to make it weave its magic in the room.

First we have the darbuka rhythm:

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T

 

Once the darbuka rhythm is established and locked in (usually around 12-16 bars), we then cross with the frame drum section:

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M

 

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The ‘M’ in the above frame pattern stands for a ‘mute’ stroke. This is a replacement of the ‘slap’ tone and is played much softer. Your teacher will explain the difference.

After these two rhythms have been played together for around one minute we can introduce the clapping pattern to the composition.

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This composition is fantastic for beginner –advanced level drummers. It is simple yet inspirational. If you have a large group of drummers it will sound strongest arranged in the following way-
For a workshop with twenty drummers: four- darbuka, six- frame drum and ten- clapping.

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