doumbek / jembe (middle eastern / african hand drum)
riq / tabla (middle eastern tamborine/frame drum)
sagat / zills (egyptian/turkish finger cymbals)
and I trained on cello, clarinet, base clarinet, and self-taught on piano, flute, mandolin, all of which I'm very bad at. well, ok, not so much bad as simply not special. at all.
but drum I do pretty well, and zills, well, I'm really really good at.
not a lot of *call* for zill players, but hey, we have the talents we have.
I play the djembe too! And also frame drum - I love it. Now I have to look up zills aha! They look like fun, do you bellydance??
yep I do... taught for over 35 years too.
.. so are you saying the zills were a give-away?
I find the djembe a bit challenging because in a lot of the african rhythms you're using several drummers each playing a part of the rhythm to make up the whole pattern... splitting a rhythm up into shares like that takes some concentration, I'm used to playing the whole rhythm myself.
I only started on the djembe...love the sound of it. But I also love the turkish/gypsy sound too, the gypsyness of it I've only been hand drumming since Dec of last year. My inner drumness has evolved, and I'm looking at all primal kinda like music, drumming being # 1. I love the bellydance music too.
Since I'm new to the djembe, I'm not too particular to "how to really do it" (although that is very important) as to just feel it and let that go .........Babatunde Olatungi is a good influence for me for instance. I guess just jamming is good too. Sharing the sound with others.