Pete Lockett Talks and Rolls: Darbuka with Double Bass Ancient percussion pushed to a new level Pete Lockett Talks and Rolls the Darbuka with Double Bass Pete Lockett pushes percussion to the max in this third article covering his performance at the Wienfelden International Drum Festival. In these videos he challenges himself on Darbuka while simultaneously playing double bass. Even Google doesn't know what to return when searching this combination of instruments. Not many people know Pete Lockett is also an amazing drummer who plays virtually everything he sets his mind to. Setting up and playing this unique combination is total and complete creativity. Like all the articles in this series on Pete, there are two videos: one with his commentaries, and one with the full live performance. But there is more....

Darbuka and Double Bass?!?!?
Yes, he just does it! And in the Commentary Video below he explains a lot: how he got the idea to combine these two instruments, and he goes deeper into the technique he uses playing the darbuka.

The Split Hand Technique
Pete mentions the Split Hand Technique he is using in the videos. Here is how he explains the finger-works in his lesson on 'Arabic Influenced Independence' on his website:
"The split hand technique on Darabouka involves hitting the drum alternately with the ring finger and first finger. It is a direct relative of similar techniques found in Indian percussion where the hands are sometimes divided into two striking units. It is one of the things that makes some of the incredibly fast rolls possible that you hear on Indian drums."

Darbuka and Double Bass [ Commentary Version ]

Darbuka and Double Bass [ Live ]

Indian Rhythms for Drumset
Recommended reading here is Pete's timeless method 'Indian Rhythms for Drumset,' which opens up a complete new realm of rhythmic possibilities for drummers. It covers - from beginner to pro - all the basics and advanced skills in Indian rhythms that you can apply to your playing on the drumset.

The Darbuka
The darbuka is a member of the goblet shaped drum family. The many types of instruments in this family - with different regional origins- vary and are often interchangeably named as doumbek, tarabuka, debuka, dumbec, toumperleki or zerbaghali. While the instrument knows many names and the shape is simular, the (often just minor) differences are in the materials used for the instruments, the construction and of course the sizes. For the use of Darbuka - or Darabouka, as Pete writes it- and Doumbek, he gives the solution: "It is the same thing. Either or." Just to keep things clear; whatever a Wikipedia or a-like website tells you, these instruments are definitely not Tablas. We'll ask Pete about the better insights on tablas soon.

About 'Pete Lockett Talks and Plays'
In 2016 Pete Lockett played at the Wienfelden International Drum Festival in Switzerland, and he was so kind to share his footage with us - even added commentaries with the videos on request. We created a series of Director Cuts from the videos with commentaries about the videos from Pete himself. When listening to Pete about the tracks, suddenly those often hard to grasp percussion rhythms start to make sense. All the videos have Pete explaining about the tracks and the rhythms he is playing, and gives great background stories on the tracks as well.

About Pete Lockett
Pete Lockett is without any doubt one of the best musicians there are nowadays. As percussionist, drummer and musician he is on the forefront inf music for many years already. His resume reads like a musician's dream. Here is a shortlist of references in music, movies, instruments and tutoring.

He has recorded and/or toured or played with: Björk, Peter Gabriel, Nicko McBrain, Robert Plant, Russ Miller, Bill Bruford, Jeff Beck, David Torn, Viku Vinayakram, Selva Ganesh, Texas, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mel C, Kula Shaker, Evelyn Glennie, Errol Brown, Rory Gallagher, Gary Husband, Pet Shop Boys, Andy Gangadeen, Steve White, Sinead O'Conner.

He virtually plays every percussion instrument equally good and also works with electronics/samplers, both live and in the studio.

He is the creater of the DrumJam App, a rhythm factory with all the individual percussion parts recorded by Pete. With the app you build layers from a wide range of authentic ethnic percussion and drum kit loops to jam away over the top of the grooves you create.

Pete Lockett has also worked extensively in the film industry and has three Bond movies on his credits: Die Another Day, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough. Other movies are: City of Angels (Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan), The Insider (Al Pacino, Russell Crowe), Plunkett & Maclean (Robert Carlisle) and The Bone Collector (Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie)

Since 2014, Pete is Honorary Professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China.
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