Comprehensive Rhythm Studies for Dumbek, Zills and Riqq. With Iqa'at and Taqsiim and Middle Eastern Raq Guide. Two Volumes Combined.ANTHOLOGIA

by Kenne Thomas
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Binding:Spiral bound for easy stand layout
Pages:167 with hand position photographs and instrument illustrations
Size:8 1/2" X 11" / 21.6 cm X 27.9 cm
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This newest book by author Kenne Thomas, is a categorized rhythmic study of the intricate and mesmerizing "Iqa'at," the modes and patterns of Middle Eastern dumbek drumming with sagat and riqq studies for ensemble and dance performance.
Foreword written by Iranian tombaknavaz, Mr. Peyman Nasehpour.

Excerpt from the Foreword:

The present book is definitely one of the best books on dumbek and Middle Eastern rhythm cycles. It covers many different topics from the finger patterns of dumbek playing to the etymology of the different names of the genres of goblet drums. A must for the lovers of Middle East music and dance.
Peyman Nasehpour

Excerpt from the Preface:

Within these pages is a cultural snapshot, a rhythmic portrait of the people and the musical legacy we have been fortunate to witness. The history of our advancement as humans has many episodes which galvanize us as a people. Celebrations worldwide share in many common vehicles. Drumming being one such conduit, along with dance gives meaningful expression to people of many nationalities. With this book it is my hope to inspire percussionists and others to be enlightened about the humanity of man through the richness of music, the animation of dance and the vibrant rhythmic currents which flow beneath us all.
Kenne Thomas

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  • Chapter on dumbek instruments, "Iqa'at" (Rhythmic modes) and handing techniques with photographs.
  • Authentic Middle Eastern rhythm patterns from Adani to Zeimbekiko
  • Chapter covering rhythm terminology for reading and interpreting the Middle Eastern patterns.
  • Rhythms of al Andalus, the Balkans, Persia, the Maghreb, the Levant, and other regions.
  • Dumbek patterns and techniques for rhythm variations, improvisation and soloing.
  • Zills (Sagat, Finger Cymbals) chapter with rhythms for Takht (Inst. Ensembles) and Raqs (Dance) use.
  • Riqq patterns and techniques for takht (ensemble) participation, and improvised soloing.
  • Raqs al-Sharqi; Middle Eastern dance styles, descriptions and cultural reference guide.
  • Recommended recordings list of dumbek, zills, riqq and belly dance performance music.


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ANTHOLOGIA book page 50 on the Slap Tone technique with photographs.ANTHOLOGIA book page 55 showing dumbek rhythm patterns.
ANTHOLOGIA book page 75 covering advanced dumbek rhythm study techniques.ANTHOLOGIA book page 116 study of Riqq performance patterns.

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