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Level 1

Building Strong Foundations


Master the basics of how to play the Darbuka, and start building excellent technique with some of the most famous and popular rhythms ever.

Practical content:

  • Holding the Darbuka
  • Basic Darbuka strokes (the Doum, Tek and Ka)
  • Reading and understanding drum tabs
  • Basic ornamentation, making rhythms more exciting
  • Detailed introduction to the Maqsum family of rhythms (incl. Maqsum, Sa'idi and Baladi)
  • Switching between rhythms and using a metronome to practice

Theoretical content:

  • Origins & structure of the Darbuka
  • Choosing a good Darbuka
  • Caring for your Darbuka and keeping it in tune
  • Guide to clay Darbukas

Includes Rhythm Pack 1

Rhythm Pack 1 contains 50 variations of some of the most popular Arabic Darbuka rhythms ever.

Who is it for?

Level 1 is for beginners players who have had zero or very litttle prior exposure to the Darbuka. 

Price: $198 (discounts and payment plans available)

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Level 2

Excellence in Performance


Ready yourself for performance by diving into the world of Darbuka Ornamentation. Gain the skills to turn any rhythm into a Darbuka Masterpiece.

Practical content:

  • Introduction to ornamentation
  • Advanced Darbuka strokes:
    • The Pac
    • The Glissando
    • The Rizz
    • The Bridge
  • Advanced Darbuka ornaments:
    • Modulations
    • Omissions
    • Rhythm entries
    • Rhythm exits

Theoretical content:

  • Choosing Darbuka rhythms
  • Basic soloing
  • Playing with music
  • Playing with performers
  • Playing with other drummers
  • Confidence in performance

Includes Rhythm Pack 2

Rhythm Pack 2 contains 50 popular Darbuka rhythms from different regions around the world.

Who is it for?

Level 2 is for current intermediate Darbuka players, who can hold a rhythm like Maqsum or Ayub with confidence and ease. 

Price: $248 (discounts and payment plans available)

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Level 3

Mastery. & Beyond


Hone your skills by developing advanced techniques such as soloing and Turkish split hand, through advanced ornamentation. Transcend mastery.

Practical content:

  • Finger style playing:
    • The Arabic roll
    • The finger flick
    • Triplets
    • The flam
    • The Turkish roll
    • Middle skin rolls
  • Soloing:
    • Generic compositions
    • Specific compositions
    • Dealing with role-shift

Theoretical content:

  • History of Turkish split-hand
  • Notable Darbuka masters of old
  • Understanding role-shift in solo compositions
  • Overlaps of percussive traditions from around the world

Builds on Rhythm Packs 1 & 2

Level 3 takes the first two Rhythm Packs and upgrades them, giving you a repertoire of incredibly advanced rhythms.

Who is it for?

Level 3 is for Darbuka players who are already playing at an intermediate-advanced level, perhaps in a band.

Price: $298 (discounts and payment plans available)

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Need Help Deciding?

If you'd like to speak to someone from our team to find out if the Darbuka Mastery Program is right for you, schedule a callback and one of our mentors will get in touch. You can ask any questions you have about the Program, and find out which level would be best for you!