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Doumbek Tones, Sounds & Effects

  1. Doum - Deep center sound, tonal and with some sustain
  2. tek - High rim sound, exhibits the characteristic tones of the shell, and head of the drum.  The tek is made by striking close to the edge of the drum head
  3. ka - High inner sound, played by off hand (traditionally left). This sound is made by striking an inch two inside the edge of the drum head with the off hand.
  4. ba - Similar to ka but with the lead hand.
  5. slap - Damped doum sound the hand presses gently against the head of the drum to stop the vibration; this is a dry flat sound.
  6. ruff - Three fingers (middle, ring, and pinky) hit the drum in evenly spaced succession.  This technique produces a triplet: three quick sounds within time of one ordinary beat.
  7. snap - This sound is also a high ringing rim sound; it is sharp and piercing like the tek.  In the typical Turkish style snap the fingers are snapped next to the drum and allowed to strike the rim. This is easier when practiced on drums that have squared shoulders. Be careful not to hit the drum with fingernails, they might scratch the drum.


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