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Book by Mary Ellen Donald. Contains 11 lessons with numerous popular belly dance rhythm, suggested dance steps, exercises to strengthen cymbal technique and basic music theory.
(Spiral bound, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, 75 pages, beautifully illustrated 1976)
Includes:
Basic music theory
Exercises to strengthen cymbal technique
Tips for coordinating dance steps and cymbal patterns
Popular belly dance rhythms, and
Guidelines for creating rhythmical variations
Two disc Companion CD sold separately.
Mary Ellen Donald has been involved in Middle Eastern music as a dance student and a musician since the late 1960's. She is known by many as the "Guru of finger cymbal playing." Mary Ellen studied dance with Jamila Salimpour, drum and tambourine with Vince Delgado, Tony Lammam, and various Arab drummers. She has written, produced and published several books and tapes on Middle Eastern music. Since the 1970's she has performed in numerous concerts, on albums including Magda Helmy, Gallal Kutub, Yusel Mostafa, and Light Rain, and on the soundtrack ABC-TV series, the Young Indiana Jones. Mary Ellen continues to be in high demand as a musician, teacher, and organizer of events. Her youthful vitality and highly developed sensitivity to music may be partially attributed to her being legally blind. Excerpt from The Caravan, Vol. 13, #6, May/June 1997

Two disk CD set by Mary Ellen Donald (1977; re-mastered 1999; disc released 2005).
After giving a brief lecture on rhythm and cymbal technique, Mary Ellen presents instructions for combining simple cymbal patterns with simple dance steps while providing a drum accompaniment throughout. An introduction to popular belly dance rhythms is included. This CD is useful for individual and group practice sessions.
Companion to the Mastering Finger Cymbals book sold separately.
Mary Ellen Donald has been involved in Middle Eastern music as a dance student and a musician since the late 1960's. She is known by many as the "Guru of finger cymbal playing." Mary Ellen studied dance with Jamila Salimpour, drum and tambourine with Vince Delgado, Tony Lammam, and various Arab drummers. She has written, produced and published several books and tapes on Middle Eastern music. Since the 1970's she has performed in numerous concerts, on albums including Magda Helmy, Gallal Kutub, Yusel Mostafa, and Light Rain, and on the soundtrack ABC-TV series, the Young Indiana Jones. Mary Ellen continues to be in high demand as a musician, teacher, and organizer of events. Her youthful vitality and highly developed sensitivity to music may be partially attributed to her being legally blind. Excerpt from The Caravan, Vol. 13, #6, May/June 1997

This black velvet bag is perfect to store and carry zills, reeds, picks and more. 4 inch wide opening and 5.5 inches deep with draw strings.

Book by Mary Ellen Donald. Contains 11 lessons with numerous popular belly dance rhythm, suggested dance steps, exercises to strengthen cymbal technique and basic music theory.
(Spiral bound, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, 75 pages, beautifully illustrated 1976)
Includes:
Basic music theory
Exercises to strengthen cymbal technique
Tips for coordinating dance steps and cymbal patterns
Popular belly dance rhythms, and
Guidelines for creating rhythmical variations
Two disc Companion CD sold separately.
Mary Ellen Donald has been involved in Middle Eastern music as a dance student and a musician since the late 1960's. She is known by many as the "Guru of finger cymbal playing." Mary Ellen studied dance with Jamila Salimpour, drum and tambourine with Vince Delgado, Tony Lammam, and various Arab drummers. She has written, produced and published several books and tapes on Middle Eastern music. Since the 1970's she has performed in numerous concerts, on albums including Magda Helmy, Gallal Kutub, Yusel Mostafa, and Light Rain, and on the soundtrack ABC-TV series, the Young Indiana Jones. Mary Ellen continues to be in high demand as a musician, teacher, and organizer of events. Her youthful vitality and highly developed sensitivity to music may be partially attributed to her being legally blind. Excerpt from The Caravan, Vol. 13, #6, May/June 1997

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