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.

-Nara

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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