Dumbek hand drum rhythms and variations of the Middle East in an easy to read study bookDUMBEK DANCE

by Kenne Thomas
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Binding:Spiral bound for easy stand layout
Pages:95 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 volume one from the comprehensive Middle Eastern rhythm study text, "ANTHOLOGIA." Vol Two covers the animated rhythms of Zills and Riqq for dance. This book is a categorized rhythmic study of the intricate and mesmerizing "Iqa'at," the modes and patterns of Middle Eastern dumbek drum 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 unite us as a people and celebrations worldwide share in many common vehicles. Drumming being one such conduit, along with dance gives a means of 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.
  • Recommended recordings list of dumbek, zills, riqq and belly dance performance music.

Dumbek Dance Sample Pages

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Dumbek Dance book page 26 Dumbek cultural names identification.Dumbek Dance book page 48 Handing method. Bass tone illustration.
Dumbek Dance book page 63 Iqa'at dumbek patterns. S to Z.Dumbek Dance book page 79 Advanced dumbek study. Finger trills..

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