Middle Eastern Rhythms Series Beginner by Mary Ellen Donald
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Volumes I and II, for beginners. This instructional series is by Mary Ellen Donald, a well know and accomplished musician of zills, tambourine and doumbek. In this series she provides a firm rhythmical foundation that is essential for excellence in dancing, drumming, and playing of melody instruments. The series includes North African, Arabic, Turkish, and Greek rhythms for Egyptian belly dance routines, each rhythm is played for 4 1/2 to 5 minutes. In the beginner series, Mary Ellen provides instruction on 28 rhythms played slowly with simple variations. Booklet has musical examples for each rhythm written out for doumbek, tambourine, and cymbals; and is accompanied by two CD. Rhythms include: Ayyaub, Malfouf, Bolero, Karsilamas, Nawwari, Syrto, Wahidah, Fallahi and more.