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Instructional Materials for Doumbec, Tambourine, Tar, Cymbals & Belly Dance

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Doumbec Delight
- Companion Discs for Doumbec Delight

Arabic Tambourine (includes tar)
- Companion Discs for Arabic Tambourine 

Instructional Book and CD's  for Finger Cymbals
- Beginner Cymbal Discs for Belly Dancers
- Mastering Finger Cymbals
- Companion Discs for Mastering Finger Cymbals

Azar’s Belly Dance Workout Level I (2004)




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Doumbec Delight

A 30 Lesson Course in Middle Eastern Drumming, with Basic Music Theory.
By Mary Ellen Donald. (1976)

Includes:

  • Basic music theory
  • Simple and fancy drum techniques
  • Middle Eastern rhythms
  • Guidelines for creating rhythmical variations
  • Tips for accompanying belly dancers, and
  • Practice suggestions

Spiral bound, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, 111 pages, beautifully illustrated.
US$20.00  


Companion Discs for Doumbec Delight
(1976; remastered 1999; discs released 2005)

These CD's include Mary Ellen playing most of the examples in the book several times, improvising solos, and playing the accent patterns of each rhythm at length to provide a steady backup for student practice.

Volume I  Covers Lessons 1-10  (2 CD set US$15.00)

Volume II  Covers Lessons 11-30  (2 CD set US$15.00)

To reinforce your learning of the rhythms presented in Doumbec Delight, and to expand into additional rhythms, particularly Arabic and North African, we invite you to visit CD's Designed for Extended Practice.  There you will find a description of the Middle Eastern Rhythms CD's and Practice Music For Drummers and Dancers along with sound bites.

For hot doumbec playing in the major pieces of the belly dance repertoire (including uniquely-designed drum solos) and for help in understanding the rhythmical structure of all of the pieces included, 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.



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Arabic Tambourine (includes tar)

A Comprehensive Course in Techniques and Performance for the Tambourine, Tar, and Mazhar by Mary Ellen Donald  (1985)

Includes:

  • Basic music theory
  • Techniques for playing cabaret and classical tambourine, tar (wooden frame drum), and mazhar (giant tambourine)
  • Several variations for each of the following Arabic rhythms:

Ayyoub
Baladi
Maqsum
Malfouf
Saudi
"Walking" Maqsoum
Masmoudi
"Mellow" Masmoudi
Bolero (Rhumba)
Chifte-telli

Karachi
Bayu
6/8 Rhythm
Syncopated Masmoudi
Zaffah
Fallahi
Wahidah
Fast Chifte-telli
Sama'i Thaqil

Sama'i Darij
Murabba
Dawr Hindy
Mahajjar
Masmoudi Variation
Nawwari
Sa'idi
Libi
Tayir

Spiral bound, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, 119 pages with 38 fine photographs.
US $25.00


Companion Discs for Arabic Tambourine
(1985; remastered 1999; disc released 2005)

Mary Ellen plays all of the examples in the book several times and includes improvised solos.  

Volume 1 Covers the cabaret tambourine. 
(2 CD set US$15.00)

Volume 2 Covers the classical tambourine, tar, & mazhar.
(2 CD set US$15.00)

To reinforce your learning of the rhythms presented in Arabic Tambourine and to expand into additional rhythms such as Turkish, Greek, and North African rhythms, we invite you to visit the CD's Designed for Extended Practice. There you will find a description of the Middle Eastern Rhythms CD's and Practice Music For Drummers and Dancers along with sound bites.

For cabaret style tambourine played with fire and finesse in major pieces of the belly dance repertoire and for help in understanding the rhythmical structure of all of the pieces involved, 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.


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Instructional Book and CD's for Finger Cymbals

Beginner Cymbal Discs for Belly Dancers
by Mary Ellen Donald (1977; remastered 1999; disc released 2005)

After giving a brief lecture on rhythm and cymbal technique, Mary Ellen presents instructions for combining simple cymbal patterns with simple dance steps while providing a drum accompaniment throughout.  An introduction to popular belly dance rhythms is included.  This CD is useful for individual and group practice sessions.

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Companion Discs for Mastering Finger Cymbals Listen   Listen  

US$12.00


Mastering Finger Cymbals, by Mary Ellen Donald.

Popular belly dance rhythms with suggested dance steps, exercises to strengthen cymbal technique and basic music theory.  (1976)

Includes:

  • Basic music theory
  • Exercises to strengthen cymbal technique
  • Tips for co-ordinating dance steps and cymbal patterns
  • Popular belly dance rhythms, and
  • Guidelines for creating rhythmical variations

Spiral bound, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, 75 pages, beautifully illustrated.
US$15.00  


Companion Discs for Mastering Finger Cymbals
(1976; remastered 1999; disc released 2005)

Mary Ellen plays most of the examples in the book several times.  She also includes drumming sections so that students may practice improvising to the accompaniment.

2 CD Set US$15.00

To reinforce your learning of the rhythms presented in Mastering Finger Cymbals and to expand into additional rhythms, including all of those encountered in the modern Egyptian dance routine plus North African and other Arab rhythms, we invite you to visit CD's Designed for Extended Practice.  There you will find a description of the Middle Eastern Rhythms CD's and Practice Music For Drummers and Dancers along with sound bites.

For exciting high-quality music for your dance performance and for help with understanding the rhythmical structure of all of the pieces included, 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.

Azar's Belly Dance Workout - Level 1 Azar’s Belly Dance Workout Level I (2004) 

Belly dance your way to a trim and toned figure with Azar’s 30 minute low-impact workout. Exercise to uplifting, authentic Middle Eastern belly dance music by Mary Ellen Donald and Mimi Spencer.

Nationally known, award-winning performer and instructor, Azar, will teach you to belly dance in a fun and easy to follow workout.  After warming up you will learn basic belly dance steps followed by an invigorating calorie-burning dance section. 

Also included: A special dynamic dance performance by Azar! 

…a great way to gain coordination and poise!” Evening Magazine CBS-TV
“Azar is redheaded fabulosity…this is darn fun!”
Jane Ganahl, San Francisco Chronicle 

Azar, an American belly dancer and world traveler, has honed her skills as an instructor and performer for over 20 years.  She has taught numerous workshops across the country, and has dedicated herself to bringing belly dance to all age groups – pre-schoolers, through seniors.  Azar created Stanford University’s successful “Belly Dance for Exercise” class through its Health Improvement Program.  Selected by the International Association of Middle Eastern Dance (IAMED), Azar is featured on this prestigious organization’s video of belly dance performances, Volume #5. Azar - Belly Dancer

Mary Ellen: “If you yourself are beyond the beginning level of belly dancing, you might want to purchase this DVD as a gift for a friend who wants to get started in the dance.  If you are a belly dance instructor, you might find Azar’s methodical teaching approach to be helpful in organizing your own teaching. 

Price:  US $20

 
 

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