Smile!

What is a quick way to make yourself feel better?  Smile!

It may seem kind of backward to smile when you are not feeling happy, but that is exactly what we are going to do, because smiling will send signals to your brain to make you feel happy.  Not to mention that it will help others feel happy too.

And what about the long-term benefits?  Do you want frown lines when you are older, or laugh lines?

Today's wellness task: Smile ALL DAY!  Whenever you remember, smile.  Do a smile check: am I smiling?  The answer better be yes.

 

Saiidi Fills for Doumbek

Now that you have your basic rhythm, here are some "fills" to spice it up.  This video will break down these fills and then play them.  At the end there is a play-along exercise: Play each fill four times.  On the fourth time through, you play a "pop" on beat four.  Watch the video for explanation.  The rhythms are written out at the bottom of this page.

Maqsum Fills for Doumbek

Now that you have your basic rhythm, here are some "fills" to spice it up.  This video will break down these fills and then play them.  At the end there is a play-along exercise: Play each fill four times.  On the fourth time through, you play a "pop" on beat four.  Watch the video for explanation.  The rhythms are written out at the bottom of this page.

Maqsum

Finger Exercise 01 for Doumbek

This is a finger exercise for the doumbek.

The pattern is always:

  • Right first finger: r1
  • Left first finger: L1
  • Right second finger: r2
  • Left second finger: L2
  • Right third finger (ring finger): r3
  • Left third finger (ring finger): L3
  • Right pinky: r4
  • Left pinky: L4

Play each:

  • 8 times
  • 4 times
  • 2 times
  • 1 time
  • 1 time

Do not be discouraged if some of your fingers are weaker than others (pinky).  Just keep practicing and building those muscles.  Practice in the car on your steering wheel, on your desk, etc.

4-8-16ths for Doumbek and Zills

This exercise will help you understand note durations, how measures and beats are divided up, and how to move your hands at different speeds while keeping your body at a steady speed.

The exercise on the doumbek:

The exercise on zills:

Each measure lasts four beats.  We play:

  • 1 measure of quarter notes
  • 1 measure of eighth notes
  • 1 measure of sixteenth notes
  • 1 measure of eighth notes

Alternate your hands R and then L.

 

 

 

 

 

Once you master this exercise, try it reverse: Left and then Right.

Try this exercise while doing simple dance steps at one speed.  For example, do hip drops at quarter note speed. (Your hip and hands will line up in the first measure.)  Then keep your hip moving at the same speed as your hands move twice as fast (eighth notes) and then four times as fast (sixteenth notes) as your hip.  If you can do this, try a movement that is not just one sided.  For example, try hip hits... right and then left.  Also try smooth movement such as hip circles or snake arms.

Have fun!

Double Triple

This exercise is meant to help you build your "chops".  Your chops are how fast you can play.  Double Triple will help you build your zill playing muscles.  You start this exercise at a manageable speed and then speed it up until you feel the burn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It can be hard to count this exercise, so just feel the groove and try not to think too hard!  It's important to do this exercise with a metronome so you don't start slowing down.

Happy zilling!