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Baladi Family of Rhythms for Cymbals

Notes:
1. To facilitate your practice Mary Ellen plays all of the rhythms below on the doumbec for approximately five minutes each on her Middle Eastern Rhythms CD Series. See elsewhere on this site CD's, Books & DVD's Available for Purchase.
2. For help with understanding the musical notation and strokes used in the examples below consult elsewhere on this site Music Theory & Key for Strokes.

1. Baladi
   
2. Maqsoum Same as Baladi, but faster and more spirited.
   
3. "Walking" Maqsoum
   
4. Fallahi
   
5. Masmoudi
   
6. Sa'idi Same as Baladi on Cymbals; on drum two doums in the middle instead of the beginning.

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Rhythms for Doumbec

Notes:
1. To facilitate your practice Mary Ellen plays basic and embellished versions of many of the rhythms below on her Middle Eastern Rhythms CD Series. See else where on this site CD's, Books & DVD's Available for Purchase.
2. For help with understanding the musical notation and strokes used to the examples below consult elsewhere on this site Music Theory & Key for Strokes.
3. The expression Altered Accents that is used with some patterns means that the accents of the basic rhythm which would prevail in vaiations has been changed, bringing about extra spiciness and or counterpoint.

Saudi Family

Note: is a standard tek stroke muted by middle finger of left hand pressing on drum head

Nawwari Family

Ayyoub Family

6/8 Rhythm

Sha'bia

Masmoudi "Variation"

5/8 Rhythm

"Walking" Maqsoum

Bolero

Karsilamas

"Syncopated" Masmoudi

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Laz & Wahida



Persian



Sama’i, Adani & Five-Four Rhythm


"Mellow" Masmoudi & Kalamatiano

 

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