Applying Egyptian Dance Rhythms

Egyptian Dance Rhythms

Baladii is a popular traditional Egyptian rhythm commonly played on the dumbek.Here are a few fun ways to incorporate this excellent groove onto your kit. Try learning the basic pattern first to get the feel and then work it around the kit. Learn each measure independently, then begin combining the measures and lines with each other. Play the grooves at different tempos with a metronome starting very slowly. Train your muscles by doing many repetitions at slow speeds to gain maximum dexterity benefit. For sonic variation, turn your snares off and substitute tom-toms for the hi-hat and ride patterns.

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