Darbuka Mastery Level 2: Excellence in Performance


Develop your Darbuka skills by diving into the world of advanced ornamentation, allowing you to transform any rhythm into a Darbuka masterpiece. Gain the skills you need to take your Darbuka playing to the big stage as a fully fledged Darbuka player. 

Course Content

Main Lessons

  1. Introduction to Ornamentation
  2. Learning Ornamentation
  3. The Slap
  4. The Pac
  5. The Glissando
  6. The Rizz
  7. The Bridge
  8. Modulations
  9. Omissions
  10. Rhythm Entries
  11. Rhythm Exits
  12. Putting it All Together

Supplementary Lessons

  1. How to Choose a Rhythm
  2. How to Solo
  3. Playing with Music
  4. Playing with Performers
  5. Playing with Other Drummers
  6. Confidence In Performance

Rhythm Pack 2

  1. Unexplored Arabic Rhythms
  2. Turkish Rhythms
  3. Eastern European Rhythms
  4. Iranian Rhythms
  5. Other 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: 

  • 12 instructive lessons on Darbuka Technique (recorded in 4K quality)
  • 6 supplementary lessons on caring for and maintaining your Darbuka (recorded in 4K quality)
  • An assigned mentor to keep you on track, check in regularly with you and assess your Technique Review submissions
  • An electronic copy of the Darbuka Mastery 2: Excellence in Performance book
  • A Rhythm Pack with play-along audios that contains 50 international rhythms from around the world (so that you can build a repertoire of incredible 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 2: Excellence in Performance, is designed for the intermediate Darbuka player who can already capably and confidently hold a Darbuka rhythm such as the Maqsum or Malfuf. The player should have strong control over the Doum, Tek and Ka strokes, and should be able to play in time to a metronome or click track. This level focuses on advanced ornamentations and every student should have a complete mastery of the basics of Darbuka playing. We would expect a typical student to complete and master this course content in 3-6 months. 

If you are not already at this level, you should consider Level 1

Entry Requirements:

  • Option 1: You have completed Darbuka Mastery 1: Building Strong Foundations
  • Option 2: Submit an alternative entry application, in which you will have a 15 minute call with one of our mentors and be required to submit a 60 second video of you playing the Darbuka


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!

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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 2: Excellence in Performance

  • Access to all theoretical and practical lessons
  • An assigned mentor
  • Copy of eBook
  • Copy of Rhythm Pack 2
  • 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.


4 Monthly Payments


Level 2: Excellence in Performance

  • Access to all theoretical and practical lessons
  • An assigned mentor
  • Copy of eBook
  • Copy of Rhythm Pack 2
  • 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!