May is for the Drum Solo

Goblet drum, photo taken by Kevin Hartnell on ...

Goblet drum, photo taken by Kevin Hartnell on 02/23/2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This month I am working on the fun and athletic drum solo. Some dancers seem to have a gift for these types of pieces and others dancers (myself included) find them very challenging. So this month I want to improve my drum solo choreography, technique and performance.

Step one is to learn or review the basic rhythms used in arabic music. I am going to pick up my drum and start practicing. Being able to perform a good drum solo is about anticipating the music, so it is important that you know the rhythms.

Below is a video on basic drumming and a great website for the beginner drummer.

8 Darbuka Lessons

Also please check out my previous post on zills.

The month has just started so there is plenty more to come.


Do you like doing drum solos? What do you find most challenging?

About Tiger Claw Dance

I am a middle eastern dancer with a background in many forms of dance. I love dance and belly dance.

Posted on May 1, 2012, in Dance Skills. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The other day I was talking to one of my fellow dancers and she said she thought this was a genuine difficult thing to master. I’ve forwarded your entry to her 🙂

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