Yousif guides you through the playing techniques used in his composed Riq solo Manta Ray Dance. Each notehead is projected on the screen and Yousif briefly demonstrates each playing technique. 

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Playing Techniques included:
Teks (Head, Cymbal, Frame, Rim)
Rim + Cymbal Tek
Shaking (Roll, Back/Forward, Triplet)
Fast Fingerings (Head and Cymbal)
Split Hand

Course Curriculum

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    Manta Ray Dance for Solo Riq - Instructional Guide

    • Sheet Music Guide


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Manta Ray Dance Free Trial

Brandon Bott

Very helpful course, love the piece!

Very helpful course, love the piece!

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Overview of Basic & Advanced techniques need to play ...

Robert Bruce

Excellent explaination for soft & carbaret postion playing or basic & advance technique need to learn the "Manta Ray Dance". Demostation of the each...

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Excellent explaination for soft & carbaret postion playing or basic & advance technique need to learn the "Manta Ray Dance". Demostation of the each techniue is done at three speeds with short in context demostratoin of each techniques. Three section of the Manta Ray Dance are played as a performance demostration using both techniques basic (slower tempo) & advance (faster tempo) Manta Ray Dance musical sections demostrated are: 1) Measures 17-28 Cabaret Positons 2) Measure 42-50 Soft Postions 3) Measure 81-97 Cabaret Postion For the above Manta Ray Dance peformance demostration 1) Tempo for basic techniques is approximately 60-70 BPM (Beats-Per-Minute) 2) Temp for advance techniques approximately 90-110 BPM No explaination regarding the the rythmical figures with in the Manta Ray Dance is provided or anything about the overall compositional form.

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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: