Course: Darbuka: Percussion Training

Lead Instructor:  Amir Sofi
 Access:  Public   Status:  Active   Course:  $8.00
The Darbuka, or Tabla, is a drum that originates from the Middle East. It is often used as accompaniment to bellydancing as well as an exotic addition to the bands of major performers.

Amir Sofi, renowned percussion performer, teaches the methods of playing this unique instrument. In the first show of the series, he covers the background of the darbuka and some basic technique. In the following shows, he goes into key rhythms and even professional techniques. Everything you need to start hitting some beats.

Course Lessons (3)

Free (Registration Required)

Introduction to Darbuka

Darbuka star Amir Sofi relates the history and basics of this lead Middle Eastern percussion instrument
Individual Lesson Price: $5.00

Playing the Darbuka

Darbuka playing methods are taught by master musician Amir Sofi
Individual Lesson Price: $5.00

Darbuka Professional Techniques

Professional performance techniques are taught by world-famous darbuka player Amir Sofi

Course Specs

  • Path Channel: Learn.SkillTrain > > >
  • Date Launched 8/24/2006
  • Length 25 min, 18 sec
  • Cost $8.00
  • Status Active
  • Code CS-00000008
  • Prerequisite None

Course Goals

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Lead Instructor

Amir Sofi

Amir Sofi was born and raised in Haifa, Israel where he started playing the darbuka at age 13. At age 18, Amir traveled Egypt to study privately at the Conservatory for Music. Upon returning to Israel, Amir started working with the #1 band there, "Dream". At age 19 he was the youngest member of the band. Dream performed throughout Israel and toured Europe, the U.S., and Canada. Also at 19, Amir played in bands for two of the top variety and talk shows in Israel.

Upon arriving back in the U.S., Amir once again started focusing on his music career. He began playing at top Arabic nightclubs in L.A. for such performers as Jillina, Sabrina, Sahra, and more. Amir played at the Luxor, Middle East Connection, Carousel and others to name a few. During this time, Amir was recording for and performing with top Arabic, Persian and American artists as well as CDs for belly dance. Amir also played for artists such as Shanie, Andy, Hassan Sham Azade, Arabia El Kouly, Kazem El Saher, Mahmood Anwar, Adam Basma, Dr. Sammy Farag, Stevie Wonder, Micheal Sambello and the latest CD for Michael Bolton.  Amir now plays at Wahib's Nightclub in Alhambra, CA. Amir still records in L.A. regularly and has performed music that can be heard in soundtracks such as the Scorpion King, Spy Games, The Hulk, and The Keeper.