The better a dancer's sense of time and understanding of rhythms, the better their performance! This course covers many aspects of rhythmic training which will give belly dancers the skills to identify and dance to the main rhythms and drum solo patterns used in Middle Eastern music.
A drum is not necessary for this course. Dancers can use zills, clapping or their body to do the exercises.
This Course Includes:
- Learn to divide a beat
- Learn how to determine the meter of any rhythm you hear
- Learn to count and identify the main Middle Eastern rhythms
- Get Raquy’s new album of 10 belly dance drum solos to download and use!
The rhythms covered in this course so far are:
- Moroccan 6
- Persian 6
After This Course You Will:
- Be able to hear a song and identify the meter
- Be able to recognize the main middle eastern rhythms
- Be able to dance in a way that reflects the rhythm
Hi, I'm Raquy and welcome to my Darbuka School!
Playing the darbuka is the love of my life.
Since I discovered this drum over 20 years ago, I've devoted myself to it in every aspect - practicing, performing, teaching, composing, even decorating my own drums! I have experience playing in traditional Middle Eastern ensembles, accompanying belly dance and my current projects features the darbuka as a shining solo instrument fit for a concert hall.
In the beginning of my darbuka journey I played traditional Arabic style. Then 10 years ago I saw what was happening in Turkey with this new "split hand" technique. I made my first pilgrimage to Istanbul to learn from the masters. I ended up moving to this magical city and opening the Darbuka Ofis in downtown Istanbul where you can still find me training daily with my Hocam, Bunyamin Olguncan and other Turkish drumming masters.
I'm passionate about teaching darbuka. I have devoted students all over the world who are now performing and teaching themselves. I have traveled far and wide, spreading joy and excitement for darbuka. I have developed an innovative teaching system, using an easily understood notation key which many darbuka players these days are using.
I'm thrilled to be able to present my teachings in this elegant platform. I love the fact that this is a living school that I can constantly update with the latest stuff.
May the darbuka bring you joy, inspiration and magical experiences as it has for me!