Course: Darbuka: Percussion Training

Lead Instructor: Amir Sofi
 Access:  All   Status:  Active   Full Course Price:  $8.00
The Darbuka, or Tabla, is a drum that originates from the Middle East. It is often used as accompaniment to bellydancing as well as an exotic addition to the bands of major performers.

Amir Sofi, renowned percussion performer, teaches the methods of playing this unique instrument. In the first show of the series, he covers the background of the darbuka and some basic technique. In the following shows, he goes into key rhythms and even professional techniques. Everything you need to start hitting some beats.

Course Lessons (3)

Free (Registration Required)

Introduction to Darbuka

The Darbuka has a long history and has been used as a primary percussion instrument in many countries. This show covers the history of the Darbuka and the basics of properly holding the instrument. It also goes into the role of the Darbuka in Arabic bands and the stylistic differences in the way it is played.

Playing the Darbuka

Once you know the proper way to hold the Darbuka, you're going to want to start producing its one-of-a-kind sounds. This show reviews the key motions to produce the Dom, Ka, Slap, and Tak. It also introduces you to some key rhythms with which to begin your playing.

Darbuka Professional Techniques

Professional musicians always have their secret techniques that let them produce sounds that the rest of us can only dream about. Here, Amir shares some of these techniques so you can also take the Darbuka to the next level.


Course Specs

Course Chapters

There are no individual chapters available for this course.

Course Goals

  1. Understand the Course topic
  2. Refine your ability to execute the techniques presented in the Course
  3. Become familiar with drills that can be used to develop your skills
  4. Achieve significant proficiency in the material

Testing & Certification

There are not currently any tests or certifications for this course.

Amir Sofi

Amir Sofi was born and raised in Haifa, Israel where he started playing the darbuka at age 13. At age 18, Amir traveled Egypt to study privately at the Conservatory for Music. Upon returning to Israel, Amir started working with the #1 band there, "Dream". At age 19 he was the youngest member of the band. Dream performed throughout Israel and toured Europe, the U.S., and Canada. Also at 19, Amir played in bands for two of the top variety and talk shows in Israel.

Upon arriving back in the U.S., Amir once again started focusing on his music career. He began playing at top Arabic nightclubs in L.A. for such performers as Jillina, Sabrina, Sahra, and more. Amir played at the Luxor, Middle East Connection, Carousel and others to name a few. During this time, Amir was recording for and performing with top Arabic, Persian and American artists as well as CDs for belly dance. Amir also played for artists such as Shanie, Andy, Hassan Sham Azade, Arabia El Kouly, Kazem El Saher, Mahmood Anwar, Adam Basma, Dr. Sammy Farag, Stevie Wonder, Micheal Sambello and the latest CD for Michael Bolton.  Amir now plays at Wahib's Nightclub in Alhambra, CA. Amir still records in L.A. regularly and has performed music that can be heard in soundtracks such as the Scorpion King, Spy Games, The Hulk, and The Keeper.

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