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Arabian rhythms for electronic dance music

July 13, 2009

Here are some websites that have transcriptions of traditional non-Western drum rhythms, mostly of Arabian origin but a with a few other things in the mix too.

Most transcription systems are based on oral teaching systems; a low note (centre of a drum skin) is called something like dum and a high note (edge of a drum skin) is called tak or ka.

As most of these rhythms are from traditional forms of music that involved dancing, these beats are tried and tested rhythms and are a great basis for programming up dance grooves.. Try replacing dum strokes with a kick drum and tak and ka strokes with two different snares or different velocity hits on the same snare.

Jas’s Middle Easterm Rhythms

Kamuran’s Guide for Doumbek Players

Quick and Dirty Guide to the Dumbek


Kesslari’s Advanced Doumbek Rhythms

Arabic Drumming Rhythms

Ancient Future – Arabic Rhythms Patterns


Crispy Neurons – Dumbek Rhythms

Richard’s Notes

bendir player


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