Drumming DVD Vol. 1
Foundations of Arabic Rhythm with Souhail Kaspar
The first in Souhail's Master Class at Home Series, Souhail's powerful
technique and unique teaching style is brought home!
Foundations of Arabic Rhythm focuses on the all-important elements of solid fundamentals.
With close-ups training are now available to drummers everywhere.Techniques and
fundamental rhythms are demonstrated on both the Egyptian Tabla (Doumbek) and Riqq
(Tambourine). And there's solo demonstrations of Souhail in concert!
QuickTime Video samples:
Tabla (2.8MB) |
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By David Elkins
The material covered on the DVD is aptly titled: “Master Class at Home Vol.1
for Egyptian Tablah and Riqq”.
Included in the curriculum are: an introduction to Arabic style instruments including
brief mention of their evolution; correct biomechanical approach to tone production
for the instruments; 3 rhythmic patterns and practice for Taiir (Foz 2/4),Waltz
(3/4),Beledi (4/4); stretching exercises; a short live performance.
The accompanying booklet with this DVD indicates that the material presented is
classical conservatory methodology. I believe this. The material reminded
me of the great scene in the movie “Iron and Silk” where the student,
who has pulled out all stops to train with a great kung-fu master, is told to practice
only the opening of his form until it really looks scary. This material is for beginners
yet anyone who has engrained bad biomechanical habits in their playing can benefit
from working with this material. The cinematography is excellent and in both
the tablah and riqq sections nothing is left to the imagination regarding the master’s
The material on the riqq may be the forte’ of this DVD. In my limited
experience, it has been very difficult to find high quality distance learning on
riqq. The material is super and one viewing was sufficient to address my long-standing
frustration with integrating shakes into my riqq playing.
In my martial arts career I always advised students, there are no “advance”
techniques, only basics put together in different ways. This DVD will definitely
start a beginner out on the right path to efficiency in creating perfect tone production
for the two instruments. There are also little hidden gems in the material
including the stretching section and a mind-boggling solo drum performance.
Throughout the material Souhail displays the same good-natured supportive attitude
that one would receive in a private lesson; and he obviously has fun doing
I rate this DVD at 5 starts for beginning players. Now, hopefully the cast
is busy preparing Vol. 2.