Darbuka Mastery Level 1: Building Strong Foundations


Start your Darbuka journey with excellence in this Level 1 course. We will start from the bare basics of how to play the Darbuka, and build up from these all the way to the point where you can execute a wide range of popular rhythms with ease and confidence.

Course Content

Main Lessons

  1. Darbuka Origins and Structure
  2. How to Hold the Darbuka
  3. The Doum
  4. The Tek
  5. Reading Drum Tabs
  6. The Heavy Sa'idi
  7. The Ka
  8. Basic Ornamentation
  9. Use of a Metronome
  10. The Maqsum Family
  11. Jumping Between Rhythms

Supplementary Lessons

  1. When to Tune a Darbuka
  2. How to Tune a Darbuka
  3. What Makes a Good Darbuka
  4. Where to Buy a Good Darbuka
  5. A Reader on Clay Darbukas

Rhythm Pack 1

  1. The Malfuf Family
  2. The Ayub Family
  3. The Maqsum Family
  4. Other 4/4 Rhythms
  5. Longer Rhythms

Additional Benefits

Both Practical and Theoritcal Lessons

The goal of the Darbuka Mastery Program is not to produce just a good Darbuka player, but a well-rounded Darbuka Master. As such, we include numerous theory lessons throughout the program so that you really understand the instrument that you are playing and develop a strong connection to it.

Access to our Rhythm Packs

Our Rhythm Packs are full of fantastic Darbuka rhythms that are denoted using easy to read Drum Tabs, enabling any Darbuka player to add a great number of rhythms to his or her repertoire. This Level contains Rhythm Pack 1, which includes over 50 variations of popular Darbuka rhythms from the Arab world!

Course Key Features


This is no ordinary Darbuka course.

You will have access to the following resources to help you in your learning: 

  • 11 instructive lessons on Darbuka Technique (recorded in 4K quality)
  • 5 supplementary lessons on caring for and maintaining your Darbuka (recorded in 4K quality)
  • An electronic copy of the Darbuka Mastery 1: Building Strong Foundations book
  • A Rhythm Pack with play-along audios that contains 50 rhythm variations from the most popular Darbuka rhythm families (so that you can apply your learning to different rhythms)
  • Access to our forum to give you the opportunity to have any question you have answered by a Darbuka Expert at Gawharet El Fan
  • Printable handouts at the end of every lesson to help you practice the content that was covered
  • Play-along audios included in every lesson to allow you to practice the content that was covered
  • Short practice tests after every lesson to allow you to consolidate content that was covered
  • A signed certificate that will be posted to your address on completion of all lessons, assessments and final technique review.

Engage With Us

Forum Access

By taking this course you will have the support of the Gawharet El Fan team to help you along in your Darbuka journey. Ask any questions you have in our form and one of our team will post an official answer!

Technique Review Service

Our Technique Review service is an unparalleled resource that allows you to submit a short video for review by your assigned mentor, who will then provide feedback as to what exactly you need to do to improve!

Who is This Level For?

Level 1: Building Strong Foundations, is designed for a beginner or lower intermediate Darbuka player. It provides a complete grounding in the basics of Darbuka technique, teaching all of the most important aspects of playing and practicing, and introduces many popular basic rhythms that are enough to facilitate months of practice. We would expect a typical student to complete and master this course content in 3 months. 

If you are already an intermediate Darbuka player, you should consider Level 2

Entry Requirements:

  • There are no entry formal learning requirements for Level 1
  • You will need a Darbuka
  • The course can be accessed from mobile, tablet or computer.


Aisha Malick

I have been studying the Darbuka Mastery Program for a few months now, and I am very impressed by how well it is put together and organised. Ibraheem Malik presents the learning in a very easy to understand manner and you can tell he knows what he is talking about. At last, an awesome Darbuka course in the English language!

Sam Tucker

The Darbuka Mastery Program... unrivalled on the market, unsurpassed in it's depth and unsurprisingly fantastic. I wouldn't expect anything less from Gawharet El Fan. These guys know how to deliver, and I appreciate that. I'm glad to be part of the Gawharet El Fan community. 

What Sets the Darbuka Mastery Program Apart?

The Darbuka Mastery Program is a one of a kind Darbuka course.

This kind of course cannot be found anywhere on the internet. A team of Darbuka players, experts and teachers from across London and Cairo teamed up to bring the Program to the world, and the result is an unrivalled, world-class Darbuka course. 

The Program captures all aspects of playing the Darbuka and being a Darbuka Master, providing a full end-to-end education in the Darbuka field, something that no other course around offers. The level of detail and depth found in the Program is truly incredible. 

Become a Darbuka Master, get access to the best teachers in the world, from the comfort of your own home. We guarantee that you'll love the Program, or you'll get your money back. 

You Have Zero Risk With Our Refund Policy

Our mission is to do whatever we can to help you become a Darbuka Master. That’s why we offer the easiest 30-Day Money Back Guarantee you will ever find.

Sign up for the Darbuka Mastery Program to get access to the most comprehensive online training on the Darbuka market, not to mention with some of the best teachers around.

However, if for any reason whatsoever you are not satisfied with the Darbuka Mastery Program, just let us know. We’ll give you a full refund within 30 days, no questions asked!

All it takes is one short phone call or email to get your money back.

Experience Mentorship

You will be assigned a mentor who will guide you through the program. You will be able to:

  • Schedule an intro, mid-point and final call with your mentor
  • Message your mentor at any time to ask questions about the Program
  • Submit Technique Reviews after each practical lesson and get feedback from your mentor

Claim a Discount

Customer Discount

Anyone who has purchased a Gawharet El Fan Darbuka is eligible for a 50% discount on course fees. 

Student Discount

We offer a 50% discount to anyone currently holding student status at an official institution. 

Hardship Discount

Struggling financially? Apply for a discretionary discount of between 20% and 100% of the course fees!

Apply for a Discount

Enrol on the Darbuka Mastery Program today!

There's never been a better time, nor has there been a better program for you to enrol on! So if you want to start your journey to Darbuka success, enrol today!

Single Payment


Level 1: Building Strong Foundations

  • Access to all theoretical and practical lessons
  • An assigned mentor
  • Copy of eBook
  • Copy of Rhythm Pack 1
  • Access to our forum
  • Signed certificate posted on completion

If you meet any of our discount criteria, you may be eligible for a discount. Find out more.


3 Monthly Payments


Level 1: Building Strong Foundations

  • Access to all theoretical and practical lessons
  • An assigned mentor
  • Copy of eBook
  • Copy of Rhythm Pack 1
  • Access to our forum
  • Signed certificate posted on completion

If you meet any of our discount criteria, you may be eligible for a discount. Find out more.


Need Help Deciding?

If you'd like to speak to someone from our team to find out if the Darbuka Mastery Program is right for you, schedule a callback and one of our mentors will get in touch. You can ask any questions you have about the Program, and find out which level would be best for you!