Chas Whitaker has been learning, performing and teaching Arabic percussion for around 25 years. The term 'Arabic’ is used in a generic sense to cover a wide area where similar styles, rhythms, technique and drums are found. i.e North Africa, the Middle East, the Arabian Gulf and some Mediterranean countries. Visits to Morocco, Turkey, Egypt and Israel have been inspirational in learning more about the drums and the cultural background of the music.
Chas will introduce the correct playing techniques and introduce the commonly found rhythms of the Middle East, across a variety of Arabic percussion instruments, including frame drums, the goblet shaped Darabuka and other various percussion. All traditional drums and percussion are provided and he will have instruments and teaching resources available for sale. These workshops are open to all levels and students of all abilities will be catered for in any of his workshops. Students are welcome to request special one to one tuition if they have specific and / or advanced techniques they wish to cover and this can be arranged for outside the workshop slots.
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Follow Chas at http://www.arabicdrum.co.uk/