5A create a rhythm with doumbek drums

Today, Mr Woodleigh from KHS taught us how to play a doumbek drum from Egypt. We learnt about the importance of pulse using the word ‘Egypt’. He taught us how to use phrases to create a rhythm; we made a rhythm using ‘they mummified cats’ and ‘they hunt with spears’. After watching a short video, we split into groups and tried to create our own polyrhythm (a piece with many rhythms) We discovered that different sounds could be made: by hitting the outside of the drum we could make a higher slap sound; by hitting the centre of the drum we created a deeper bass tone. It was great fun!