The Troupe
This drummer's journey with other drummers.

Archive for August 2009

Rehearsal: August 26, 2009

August 27, 2009

Last night’s rehearsal with the dancers went pretty well. The agenda for the troupe overall was to work on transitions, both how and when. We needed to figure out some sort of cues, or timing, to know when to change our beat and tempo. Ironically, especially after how productive our last few rehearsals have been, […]

Tuning a Doumbek

August 24, 2009

I often see new drummers that are playing a doumbek that has a buzz within the doum, or has too much ring in its teks, or sounds muffled somehow.   The drummer gets frustrated, because no matter how hard they practice, they cannot get anywhere near the same sounds as that guy online, or the instructor, […]

Gig: August 22, 2009

August 22, 2009

Had a quick gig at a student Hafla at one of the local community colleges. Essentially, a Hafla is a party thrown for dancers, by dancers.   There is usually some kind of food, typically pot luck kind of stuff with Middle-Eastern dishes (hummus, stuffed grape leaves, pita, cheeses, fruit, yummies!).  There is always dancers and […]

Rehearsal: August 19, 2009

August 20, 2009

Last night was a very productive rehearsal. We started with a basic rhythm exercise, as I wrote about last week, where we simply played a 4/4 mix with this progression: Phrase 1: Beledi (three times) Nawari (one time) Phrase 2: Maqsum (three times) Nawari (one time) Phrase 3: Saiidi (three times) Nawari (one time) Phrase […]

Buying a new doumbek

August 15, 2009

I can tell that you are thinking about buying a doumbek.  Sweet! Here are a few tips so that you can be happy with the new drum! Avoid buying any drum without playing THAT drum. First and foremost, do your absolute best to buy only those drums that you have actually held in your hands […]