Darbuka Drumming: Learn how to play the Darbuka Dounbek

Learn Darbuka Dounbek drumming in a easy and fun way, from Master Percussionist Malik Azeri. Beginner to Intermediate.
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  • Lectures 11
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

This course will teach you all the basics of playing the Darbuka Dounbek Goblet drum originating in the Middle East. The drum dates back over 2000 years ago to it's beginnings in Babylon. Learn how to play this fascinating instrument. It has a sharp crisp clear sound that makes you want to dance. Over an hour of video instruction by master middle eastern musician Malik Terblizi, hosted by Somesh De Swardt. It's an interactive teaching experience. The course takes place in 5 sections starting right at the beginning of learning the basics until basic rhythms and exercises. Both beginner and intermediate players will have plenty of substance to further their study and playing ability. Take this course if you are interested in learning how to play and improve your technique. Finding teachers for this instrument isn't easy, but with this course you can learn at your own speed and in your own time.

Malik Azeri is a master percussionist, vocalist and producer who plays Nagara, Darbouka, Daf, Tombak & Congas. His music is influenced by a variety of Middle-Eastern, South Caucasus and Latin traditions. Since moving to London he has worked with oriental, hip-hop and contemporary dancers and has given master classes and performed in concerts and festivals throughout the country and worldwide. Through an exploration of different ethnic rhythms and fusion music Malik has created a unique personal style through which he hopes to reflect unity in diversity.

Many thanks to Malik for his amazing playing and to Theo at Inclusive Video http://www.inclusivevideo.com for their production of the video.

What are the requirements?

  • Have access to an instrument

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Play 5 Different Rhythms on the Darbuka
  • Know the history and some background of the Darbuka
  • Play different exercises to improve speed and technique
  • Know what position to hold your drum
  • Learn the four different sounds of the Darbuka and how to play them
  • Be inspired to improve your playing

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginner and Intermediate students of middle eastern percussion
  • Percussion Enthusiasts
  • Darbuka Dounbek Players

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

An introduction to the course and its contents


What is the Darbuka. How is it made. Where does it come from. Some of the history of the percussion instrument.

Section 2: Warm Up Excercises

Physical warm ups to get ready for playing

Section 3: Basic Playing Position

How to sit and position the drum for maximum playing comfort and sound.

Section 4: Sounds and Basic Playing Techniques

There are 4 basic sounds or techniques on the Darbuka. During this section we will explore and practise these 4 sounds.

Section 5: Rhythmical Excercises

Learn exercises on the Darbuka to improve your technique and speed of playing.

Section 6: Darbuka Basic Rhythms

Ayoub Rhythm on Darbuka


Saidi rhythm on the Darbuka


Felahi Rhythm on the Darbuka


Baladi Rhythm on the Darbuka


Rhythm 5: Malfuf Rhythm on the Darbuka

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Instructor Biography

As a rhythm enthusiast and teacher of percussion for over 15 years. I have studied percussion with many of the greats, including Mamady Keita the celebrated Djebefola, Arthur Hull father of the drum circle movement and many others. Being around music and percussion has added immense value to my life, and I do my best to spread my passion and enthusiasm for rhythm and percussion wherever I go. I founded the organisation Drum Jam in 2001 and taught percussion classes to thousands of children in schools around the UK, hundreds of companies called me to do teambuilding with their employees. 

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