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Archive for the ‘Rhthym’ Category

The Quest for Soot

January 7, 2016

Soot is fun, but it is also a bit of a quest. Many of you have already checked out “Searching for Chobi“, which touches on how interesting, difficult, and frustrating hunting down rhythms and their origins can be. Soot is very, very much that way. I first heard Soot on an album more than a […]

Allah is in the Room

December 25, 2015

The Hayallah is a classic 8/4 rhythm that probably originates in Persia. There is a lot of contemporary speculation about the exact origin of this rhythm, (and well, any rhythm to be honest…) but it is basically agreed that Hayallah was orginally used in Sufi rituals and meditations. You can decide for yourself if that […]

Separation of Senses

January 21, 2010

“Separation of Senses” is essentially the ability to play different rhythm parts with the left and the right hand simultaneously.  When done confidently it gives a very distinctive feel to a rhythm, and really brings out a lot of dynamics in a groove.  Middle eastern doumbek playing is literally filled with this and it is […]

The sidebar over there (Part II) ->

September 11, 2009

Underneath the “A Quick Introduction” heading on the sidebar are pages with titles such as, “Rhythm: …”, or “Technique: …”   The idea is to give a very basic overview of what the troupe is actually drumming, and provide a bit of basic knowledge to anyone reading this that might be curious. One important thing to […]

Variations: How to make it fun

August 10, 2009

Fun psychology experiment # 21: The coffee shop! Here is the game:   Go to a coffee shop that you are not well known at, and don’t mind never going to again.   Grab a mocha, or hot chocolate, and find a table where you can sit with your back to the wall and facing the room.  […]