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How to Play Middle Eastern Songs

Music of the Peris and Djinn

How to Play Middle Eastern Music on any Instrument!
This 2 hour workshop will be taught on the grounds of the Maryland Faerie Festival for no extra charge. Tickets to the festival, which opens at 10am and costs $15, are available here:

(Or you can get a weekend pass and party with the drummers and fire spinners Friday night and the bands in the big show Saturday night! Ishtar! Frenchy and the Punk! Maharal! )

If you play it ..... BRING IT!!! Percussionists can learn how the rhythms fit the songs and how to change seamlessly from rhythm to rhythm within the song. Melody instrumentalists will learn basic makam (scales) theory, enough so you can take a taksim (improvis
ational solo).
The members of Ishtar will teach you to play fun bellydance songs that you can play for your local bellydance scene! All instruments are welcome to participate. Sheet music will be available to borrow and to purchase. Darbuka/doumbek players are encouraged to learn the traditional drum rhythms that accompany the songs. Visit for advance copies of sheet music. Suggest below any requests to learn a specific song.

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  • Jacquih

    Well, this is showing up on Google :D

    1 · February 26, 2014

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