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The Art of Middle Eastern Rhythm

By Kobi Hagoel

Composed by Kobi Hagoel. Textbook & 2 CDs. Published by OR-TAV Music Publications (OT.25066).

Item Number: OT.25066

The most complete book ever written on the subject, this book features well over 400 different rhythms collected from a vast geographical area including North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece, Turkey, the Balkans, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, and central Asia.

In addition to the exceptional collection of rhythms, the book includes an introduction to the history and theory of rhythm in the Middle East, an illustrated section describing Middle Eastern percussion instruments, and a series of pictures demonstrating the correct way to hold a darbuka, riq, zarb, and daf for each of the drum strokes. Exercises are provided for beginners, which experienced players will find beneficial as well.
Text: English,German,French,Spanish,Hebrew
Book, 136 pages and 2 MP3 CD's.

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  • 4

    Yuma, AZ
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  • 2017-03-31 19:10:27.0 Very useful, with reservations.

    This is probably the most complete collection of Middle Eastern rhythms in one spot that I have ever seen (and I have a LOT of books). So in that regard it is most useful and for that aspect I'd give it 5 stars. However, it uses standard music notation...

    in the book, NOT the time box notation I am used to. I am not a musician, the only thing I play are hand drums (frame drum, riq, dumbek, djembe) and I have learned all I know through the more useful time box notation method. Because there was NO MENTION in the ad copy for the book about the type of notation method used, and because ALL of the other 18 books on hand drumming I own use time box notation, I sort of assumed that this book too would use it. I am sorely disappointed that the book uses standard music notation for the drum rhythms because I am not trained to read it - 2 stars on that account. 4 Stars total because at least it has the audio files to listen to. Rating it advanced because of the notation.

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