CD's Designed for
Middle Eastern Rhythms and Practice Music for Drummer and Dancers
A firm rhythmical foundation is essential for excellence in dancing, drumming, and playing of melody instruments. Mary Ellen makes it easy to acquire such a foundation with the two series of CD's described below.
Eastern Rhythms Series in Four CD's, by Mary
These four CD's contain:
All of the rhythms in the Egyptian belly dance routine plus popular North African, Arabic, Turkish, and Greek rhythms played by Mary Ellen Donald on the doumbec and tambourine. Each rhythm is played for 4 1/2 to 5 minutes.
In the beginner series, Mary Ellen plays 28 rhythms slowly with simple variations. In the intermediate/advanced series, she plays the same 28 rhythms faster, with fancier variations. Mary Ellen announces the names of each rhythm to ensure correct pronunciation and counts at the beginning of each rhythm to indicate the proper counting.
These CD's are great for practicing cymbals, doumbec, tambourine, tar, dancing, and melody instruments. In fact, many are finding it helpful to immerse themselves in the rhythms by listening to the CD's in their cars as they venture forth onto the highways, hopefully, without instruments in hands.
Note: Each Middle Eastern Rhythms CD is accompanied by a booklet with musical examples for each rhythm written out for doumbec, tambourine, and cymbals.
For books and CD's in which Mary Ellen gives in-depth presentations on the playing of doumbec, tambourine, tar, and cymbals we invite you to visit the pages Instructional Materials for Doumbec, Tambourine, Tar, Cymbals & Belly Dance.
For CD's of popular belly dance music in which Mary Ellen incorporates most of the rhythms of the Middle Eastern Rhythms series, we recommend Gems of the Middle East: Belly Dance Favorites from Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece, a series of three CD's and three books, featuring Mimi Spencer on qanun (zither) and voice, and Mary Ellen Donald on doumbec and tambourine. We invite you to visit Beautiful and Exciting Music for Belly Dance Performance & Just Good Listening, where you can hear selections and learn more details.
After you get the rhythms solid, the next step toward building rhythmical expertise is that of combining rhythm with melody, preferably with long stretches of the same rhythm accompanying different melodies. That is exactly what you will find on Practice Music For Drummers and Dancers below.
The final stages in building rhythmical expertise involve gaining speed and the ability to shift from one rhythm to another with ease. You will be able to work on both of these skills as you play along with the selections on Gems of the Middle East: Belly Dance Favorites from Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece, a series of three CD's and three books, featuring Mimi Spencer on qanun (zither) and voice, and Mary Ellen Donald on doumbec and tambourine. We invite you to visit Beautiful and Exciting Music for Belly Dance Performance & Just Good Listening, where you can hear selections and learn more details.
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