Quick and Easy guide to learning the
Darbuka drum (Doumbek)
So here you are! Somehow you have landed on a page for Eastern style drumming and you are wondering what it's all about. What are these drums? Where are they from? Where do I get one and how much are they? Then, who will teach me?!
Well consider yourself very lucky. You have just found an incredibly supportive, inspirational community and tuition website that will help you set sail on your new musical journey. Be excited, be very excited.
"If you get good tuition from the very start it will only help in making you a better drummer, a lot quicker."
The final question you probably have is, who is writing this article? For those that don't yet know me I am the guy in the video above! That video is just a simple demonstration of a couple of rhythms using a ceramic (yes, clay!) darbuka drum. This drum is often called a doumbek and many other names which I wont get into right now. I have played in many groups all over the world and taught workshops in my hometown (Australia) and internationally as well. More recently I finished the feature length documentary 'The Rhythmic East' which was filmed throughout the Middle East, Turkey and Greece. The film was released at the end of 2013 and has already made the official selection for the Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival. But that's enough about me, we are here to talk about YOU becoming a DRUMMER.
First things first: Where do you get a Darbuka drum? I will now save you countless hours and a headache by giving you a couple of choices and safe/ honest links-
You can get a standard size affordable Darbuka here.
Here is a similar one but higher standard for those that want their lounge room transformed.
Here is a wonderful alternative by Remo Click on the 9" head option for price.
And here is what I use at most of my gigs although it is slightly larger than the above. Click on the 10" head option for price.
What if I want to buy a drum right now though? Well, you could try your local drum shop or the local Lebanese wholesalers downtown. Even in some Middle Eastern food wholesalers and outlets you will find darbuka drums sitting on the shelf.
Now where to learn?! That's the easy part BUT the first steps are crucial. We don't want you learning bad techniques and upside down rhythms. If you get good tuition from the very start it will only help in making you a better drummer, alot quicker. You can spend countless hours searching the internet for free tuition or you can simply sidestep that and get drumming for a very little money. The choice is yours!
Fingers of Fury has an incredible amount of tutorials and other rhythmical resources. There is an e-book, practice CD's, heaps of videos and of course topics on discussion in the forum. Ah yes, the forum. That is where our humble yet very passionate drumming community all hang out and help each other, post videos, ask questions or sometimes just drop in and say...'Hey!'
Below is a list of the different membership levels available starting at $29 for 3 months! That includes a CD download that sells for $19 as well as the hugely popular 3 Month Darbuka Course and part 1 of the e-book, 'Percussion of the Arabic World and beyond.' Naturally the other membership options just include more and more content and the membership time is extended. It's awesome and you will never look back. It's as simple as that. Click on the options below and choose a membership that suits you.
Any questions just send me an email via the contact form in the menu bar at the top of the page. Congratulations on choosing a life of music!
Choose a Membership Level and access the members area!