Classical Riqq Technique (Book + Online Audio)

Classical Riqq Technique is a teaching manual, resource guide, and biographical tribute to master percussionist Michel Merhej Baklouk. We invite you to explore the role that percussion plays in Near Eastern Arabic Music by learning about his life and methodology. Though the technical focus of this book is on the riqq, the material is suitable for any percussion instrument.

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Product Number:
22062M
Format:
Book + Online Audio
Skill Level:
Multiple Levels
Pages:
128
Binding:
Squareback Saddle Stitched
Size:
8.75 x 11.75
ISBN:
1-5134-6053-6
ISBN13:
978-15134-6053-6
Publisher:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published:
2/6/2018

Classical Riqq Technique is a teaching manual, resource guide, and biographical tribute to master percussionist Michel Merhej Baklouk. We invite you to explore the role that percussion plays in Near Eastern Arabic Music by learning about his life and methodology. Though the technical focus of this book is on the riqq, the material is suitable for any percussion instrument.

This book is composed of three parts: an introduction, lessons, and a reference section. Each part is designed for percussionists of varying skill levels or anyone interested in twentieth century Arabic music and culture. While readers will benefit the most by working through the book in its entirety, each section stands on its own.

The introduction presents several essays about Baklouk’s life, philosophy and practices. The essays are intended to help the student apply the book’s lessons to their own playing. Lessons begin with basic techniques and how to practice effectively, continuing with exercises developed by Baklouk specifically for his students. The first lessons unit is designed to build technique in novice players. Units 2 through 5 focus on specific rhythmic structures of increasing complexity.

The reference section includes a notation guide, a list of rhythms, further reading recommendations, and a glossary of Arabic musical terms. Quotations from Baklouk are found throughout the book and provide additional insight into his work and life. Includes access to online audio.

 

Acknowledgments
Preface

PART 1 - INTRODUCTION
About This Book
Biography
Pedagogy
Musical Styling
Context and Relationship
Ornamentation in Practice
PART II - LESSONS
Hand Positions for the Riqq
Position 1 - Basic Position
Playing Dumm-s in the Basic Position
Playing Takk-s in the Basic Position
Position 2 – Classical Position (On the Frame)
Playing Dumm-s in the Classical Position
Playing Takk-s in the Classical Position
How To Practice.
Unit 1 - Basic Technique Building
Basic Technique Exercises in 4/4 Time
Dumm-s and Takk-s
Rests
Sixteenth Notes
Basic Technique Exercises in 2/4 Time
Basic Technique Exercises in 3/4 Time
Accented Notes
Alternating Fingering for the Dumm
Rolls
Roll Exercises in 4/4
Time
Roll Exercises in 2/4 Time
Roll Exercises in 3/4 Time
Grace Notes and Triplets
Unit 2 - Popular Arabic Rhythms
Popular Arabic Rhythms in 2/4 Time
Wahda Saghira (or Maqsum)
Wahda Sha‘biyya
Masmudi Saghir (or Baladi)
Zaffa
Sudasi
Ayyub
Wahda Shami (or Malfuf)
Darwish al-Misri
Popular Arabic Rhythms in 4/4 Time
Wahda al-Qasa’id
Wahda Kabira
Popular Arabic Rhythms in 8/4 Time
Ciftitelli (or Wahda Mijwizah or Double Wahda)
Masmudi Kabir
Zaffa
al-Bamb al-Misri
Katakufti
From the Scrapbook
Unit 3 - Outside Influences
Non-Traditional and Western Rhythms in 2/4 Time
Mambo Saghir (or Karachi)
Rhumba Saghira
Non-Traditional and Western Rhythms in 4/4 Time
Rhumba Kabira
Mambo Kabir ( or Bolero)
Muthallath ‘Iraqi
Non-Traditional and Western Rhythms in 8/4 Time
Batayhi
Non-Traditional and Western Rhythms in 10/16 Time
Jurjuna
Unit 4 - Muwashshahat and Classical Rhythms
Muwashshahat and Classical Rhythms in 3/8 Time
Saraband (or Attayir)
Muwashshahat and Classical Rhythms in 5/4 Time
A‘raj
Muwashshahat and Classical Rhythms in 5/8 Time
A‘raj
Muwashshahat and Classical Rhythms in 6/4 Time
Sama‘i Sankin
Muwashshahat and Classical Rhythms in 6/8 Time
Ugruk
Sama‘i Darij
Muwashshahat and Classical Rhythms in 7/4 Time
Nawakht
Muwashshahat and Classical Rhythms in 7/8 Time
Dawr Hindi
Muwashshahat and Classical Rhythms in 9/4 Time
Agher Aqsaq
Muwashshahat and Classical Rhythms in 9/8 Time
Aqsaq
Muwashshahat and Classical Rhythms in 10/8 Time
Sama‘i Thaqil
Unit 5 - Long Rhythms of the Muwashshahat
Long Rhythms of Muwashshahat in 11/4 Time
‘Awis
Long Rhythms of Muwashshahat in 11/8 Time
‘Awis (fast)
Long Rhythms of Muwashshahat in 12/4 Time
Mudawwar
Long Rhythms of Muwashshahat in 13/4 Time
Murabba
Long Rhythms of Muwashshahat in 13/8 Time
Thurafat
Long Rhythms of Muwashshahat in 14/4 Time
Muhajjar
Long Rhythms of Muwashshahat in 16/4 Time
al-Mukhammas
Nawakht Hindi
Long Rhythms of Muwashshahat in 17/8 Time
Khawsharnak
Long Rhythms of Muwashshahat in 19/8 Time
Awfar
Awfar Ribat
Long Rhythms of Muwashshahat in 32/4 Time
al-Sita ‘Ashra Ribaat
PART III - REFERENCE INFORMATION
Basic Music Theory and Notation for Percussionists
Glossary of Arabic Music Terms
List of Arabic Music Rhythms
 
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