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Tehais for Düm-ies

The Indian system of Tehais

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Tehai is a mathematical Indian rhythmical ending used extensively in Indian music. A tee hi seemingly breaks the original cycle by making the same phrase 3 times, and the last beat of the third time magically falls on the 1.

Although this concept belongs to Indian music, many drummers and other musicians from the jazz world, or the middle eastern drumming world use this formula, and it makes for very cool and innovative endings in any kind of music.

This course will teach you some useful Tehais for darbuka, and also give you the formula so that you can actually create your own tehais!

In the end you will learn some Zakir Hussain tehais arranged for darbuka!


Your Instructor


Raquy Danziger
Raquy Danziger

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!


Course Curriculum


  Introduction
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  Tehais in 9
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  Tehai in 7
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  Tehai in 6
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  Tehai in 5
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  Formula to Create Your Own Tehai
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  Advanced! Tehai Duet by Zakir Hussain and Allah Rakka
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  Congratulations
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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