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Middle Eastern GROOVE BASKET now included with the course.  Over 4 1/2 hours of new instruction added on traditional Middle Eastern Rhythms.

Brief Course Description.
Contemporary Riq is a comprehensive online course on the Riq (Middle Eastern tambourine) taught by world-renowned performer and teacher Yousif Sheronick.  The course covers both Cabaret and Soft Position playing with 65 video lessons along with PDF worksheets which contain all of the exercises and grooves from the course.  This course takes you beyond the standard “Dum and Tek” and guides you through Advanced Techniques, shows you how to use them in Grooves, and gets you started on Soloing ideas.    

Is this course right for me?
Absolutely!  This course is designed for ALL players.  It is a step-by-step process that starts with the basics of how to hold the instrument and play basic tones, then systematically guides you through advanced techniques seen by today’s top players.  Beginners as well as players with years of experience will improve their playing using Yousif’s unique and proven teaching method.  He consistently addresses all levels of players whether he is working through tone production, strength building, playing "melodically", or odd time signatures.    

What material can I view and when?
Upon enrollment you have instant access to ALL 6 hours of videos and PDFs.  You can watch whatever you like, whenever you like.  Keep to Yousif's step-by-step curriculum or jump around the course videos as you wish.  

How does the monthly payment plan work?
With the monthly plan you are paying for one month (30 or 31 days) of access to the entire course.  You can start anytime.  Monthly subscriptions rebill on the anniversary of your start date.  For instance, if you enroll on April 15th you will have access through May 14th. You are free to watch all the videos and download the PDF worksheets anytime during that month.  The subscription renews after one month unless you cancel.  Once you cancel you can still view the videos until that current month of access has ended.  The downloaded PDF worksheets you can keep forever.   

Why take THIS course?  
Excellent question!  Yousif’s master plan is to make you a well-rounded musician.  You won’t simply be given a series of strokes that make up a groove.  You will learn to play musically, to be able to pull “melodies” out of those grooves, to have solid internal rhythm and a greater ability to play in odd time signatures.  Yousif moves your thought process away from the analytical side of the brain and to the creative, stripping away numbers (math!) and replacing them with South Indian vocal cycles.  You will learn base patterns first before filling up those grooves with embellishments.  This will bring out the melodies in those grooves and transform you from a drummer into a musician!  

How are the sessions organized?
The first section is centered on Cabaret Position (playing both on cymbals and drum head), the second is devoted to Soft Position (playing mainly on the drum head). Those sections start from the basics of holding the drum and playing basic strokes, then move to Advanced Techniques such as Split Hand Technique, Glen Velez Fast Fingerings, and various shaking patterns.  You will also learn several grooves in these sections putting the basic and advanced techniques in context. In the final section you will experience how Yousif incorporates these practices into his solos as you learn parts of his composed solo Manta Ray Dance.  

Drum Suggestions:
Looking to purchase a drum? Yousif highly recommends the Cooperman Artist Series Riq.  You can purchase a Riq directly from our duoJalal linked store.  

Full and Partial Scholarships are now available.  
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Course Reviews:

5 star rating

Excellent course!

Justin DeHart

Very clear and lots of cool rhythms and techniques. Highly recommended

Very clear and lots of cool rhythms and techniques. Highly recommended

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5 star rating

Riq Course

Caron Shanahan

Very easy follow along to the instruction. Learning faster than I imagined.

Very easy follow along to the instruction. Learning faster than I imagined.

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5 star rating

Title's fine

Marvin Collins

I consider myself to be an intermediate to advanced amateur riq player. This course was valuable for me in going back over the basics plus adding a few new ...

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I consider myself to be an intermediate to advanced amateur riq player. This course was valuable for me in going back over the basics plus adding a few new "contemporary" techniques. For expansion of the course I suggest going into detail on traditional middle eastern rhythms and accompaniment. From Yousif: Thank you for your feedback Marvin. I have added over 4 hours of Middle Eastern rhythms to the course!

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5 star rating

Great teaching materials

Shinya Watanabe

While doing work to live, I am taking this course to acquire work skills to help me live better. It is a course that I can learn without difficulty even in ...

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While doing work to live, I am taking this course to acquire work skills to help me live better. It is a course that I can learn without difficulty even in my busy life cycle. There are some interesting lessons on YouTube, but they are not as good as this class. I am happy to meet a really good school. It may take some time for me, but I strongly want to take other courses someday.

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Course Curriculum

  • 1

    The Basics - Cabaret Position

    • Introduction

    • The Basics - Worksheet

    • 1 - Holding

    • 2 - Basic Tones - Dum

    • 3 - Head Tek (Pah) and Rim Tek

    • 4 - Frame Tek

    • 5 - Cymbal Tek

    • 6 - Reduction Exercise

  • 2

    Basic Grooves - Cabaret Position

    • Basic Grooves - Worksheet

    • 7 - Groove 1

    • 8 - Groove 2

    • 9 - Groove 3

    • 10 - Groove 4

    • 11 - Groove 5

  • 3

    Technique Exercises - Cabaret Position

  • 4

    Contemporary Techniques - Cabaret Position

    • Contemporary Techniques - Worksheet

    • 17 A - Glen Velez Fast Fingerings Part 1

    • 17 B - Glen Velez Fast Fingerings Part 2

    • 18 - Fast Fingerings 4321L

    • 19 - Rim + Cymbal Tek

    • 20 - Back and Forth Shake

    • 21 - Split Hand Technique

    • 22 - Split Hand Triplet

    • 23 - Out In Shake

    • 24 - Triplet Shake

    • 25 - Extended Fast Fingering Pattern

    • 26 - Fast Fingering Tehai

  • 5

    Embellished Grooves - Cabaret Position

    • Embellished Grooves - Worksheet

    • 27 - Malfouf

    • 28 - Groove 2 Embellished

    • 29 - Rim + Cymbal Groove

    • 30 Groove 3 Embellished

    • 31 - Groove 4 Embellished

    • 32 - Maksoum Embellished

    • 33 - Split Hand Groove

    • 34 - Split Hand Triplet Groove

  • 6

    The Basics - Soft Position

    • The Basics - Worksheet

    • S 1 - Holding and Dum

    • S 2 - Tek

  • 7

    Exercises - Soft Position

    • Exercises - Worksheet

    • S 3 - Tek Reduction Exercise

    • S 4 - Call and Response

    • S 5 - TKTK Reduction Exercise

    • S 6 - TKTK Accent Exercise

    • S 7 - Accent Exercise (7 5 3)

    • S 8 - Accented Groove

  • 8

    Contemporary Techniques - Soft Position

    • Contemporary Techniques - Worksheet

    • S 9 - Muted Head Tek

    • S 10 - Left Hand Dum

    • S 11 - Back and Forth Shake

    • S 12 - Rim + Cymbal Tek

    • S 13 - Glen Velez Fast Fingerings

    • S 14 - 4 Stroke Finger Roll

    • S 15 - 8 Stroke Finger Roll

  • 9

    Grooves - Soft Position

  • 10

    Manta Ray Dance

    • Manta Ray Dance Notation Key

    • Manta Ray Dance - Worksheet

    • MRD m. 1-2

    • MRD m. 5-6

    • MRD m. 25-26

    • MRD m. 46

    • MRD m. 49

    • MRD m. 55-56

    • MRD m. 82

    • MRD m. 88

    • MRD 105

  • 11

    Middle Eastern GROOVE BASKET

    • Maksoum Cabaret Position

    • Maksoum Soft Position

    • Aqsaak Cabaret Position

    • Aqsaak Soft Position

    • Malfouf Cabaret Position

    • Malfouf Soft Position

    • Dawr Hindi Cabaret Position

    • Dawr Hindi Soft Position

    • Masmoudi Cabaret Position

    • Masmoudi Soft Position

    • Sama'i Cabaret Position

    • Sama'i Soft Position

    • Ayoub Cabaret Position

    • Ayoub Soft Position

    • Georgina Cabaret Position

    • Georgina Soft Position

    • Karachi Cabaret Position

    • Karachi Soft Position

    • Sheftetelly Cabaret Position

    • Sheftetelly Soft Position

    • Bambi Cabaret Position

    • Bambi Soft Position

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About the instructor

Yousif Sheronick

Yousif Sheronick has performed around the globe to critical acclaim, genre hopping with leading artists in the classical, world, jazz and rock music arenas. The New York Times hails Yousif for his “dazzling improvisations” and his “wizardry on a range of humble frame drums”. Of Lebanese descent, Yousif was recently featured in Drum! Magazine highlighting his versatility in an article titled “At The Corner Of The World”.In demand as an educator, Yousif teaches private lessons and classes at his home in New York and has conducted residencies and master classes at top universities including Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, University of Kentucky, the Queensland Conservatorium and National University in Australia.Yousif’s unique skills in both World and Classical music have led him to perform with Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Laurie Anderson, Lark Quartet, Ethos Percussion Group, Branford Marsalis, Sonny Fortune, Cindy Blackman Santana, Glen Velez and Paul Winter. His many musical influences are highlighted in duoJalal, his venture with violist and wife Kathryn Lockwood.A major force in bringing world percussion into contemporary/classical music, Yousif has had the luxury of working with composers Evan Ziporyn, Derek Bermel, Kenji Bunch, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin and John Patitucci, all of whom were eager to compose for his exotic instruments.As a composer and arranger Yousif has contributed several solo and ensemble works resulting in performances of his music around the world. He has arranged several parts for his collaboration with the Lark Quartet including John Adams’ “Book of Alleged Dances” which was released on Bridge Records. His producing credits include a solo CD and two instructional DVDs. “A testimony to his genius” raves Modern Drummer Magazine about Yousif’s CD Silk Thread, and Rhythm Magazine (UK) says Yousif’s Riq Instructional DVD “is a must to uncover the mysteries of this ancient instrument.” He has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.Yousif gratefully endorses products from Cooperman Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Innovative Mallets and Pearl/Adams.Visit his website at: