Arab Percussion Workshop

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Arab Percussion Workshop

Beginner and Intermediate-level percussionists will learn the traditional rhythms of Arabic music.

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Period Four
2:30 pm
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This workshop, designed for beginner to intermediate-level percussionists, focuses on traditional rhythms played across the various genres and forms of Arabic classical, folk, and pop music. Students will learn basic and advanced techniques for Arab percussion instruments such as Doumbek, Riq and Frame drum. The workshop will also explore these instruments' functions within the various genres of Arabic and Middle Eastern music.

• Playing techniques for the Doumbek, Riq, and Frame drum
• Ideas for combining rhythms
• Rhythms from Egypt and the Levant region (Lebanon, Syria, Palestine).
• Explanations of odd time signatures and how to play within them
• Exercises to develop precise timing and to produce clear sounds

The Riq, or deff, heard in folk, popular and classical music throughout the Mediterranean, is the ancestor of the Western tambourine. This class will focus on basic to advanced techniques, rhythms, and music styles of the Riq with emphasis on the Riq’s use in song-led musical genres.

Frame Drums are one of the most ancient musical instruments, and perhaps the first drum to be invented. The class covers lap style, hand-held, and traditional-hold playing styles. The class will include warm-up exercises, finger techniques, call, and response and rhythms from various parts of the Arab world.

The doumbek, also known as derbekeh, tabla, tarabuka, is a goblet drum of ancient origin. Made from metal, nickel, ceramic, or wood, doumbeks are played throughout the Middle East and North Africa, Turkey and Greece. This class will focus on basic to advanced techniques, rhythms, and music styles of the Doumbek with emphasis on rhythms used in folk, traditional, dance music, and odd-time signatures.


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