By Michel Merhej Baklouk
Private Music Instruction
"Arabic Tambourine" is an excellent book and tape set on playing riqq and frame drum (tar, daff). If you can't study with a good teacher this is a must.
Learn, attend magnificent concerts, and so much more.
Al Bustan is Directed by the virtuoso violinist of both eastern and western classical traditions, Hanna Khoury
Bill usually gets several good quality Egyptian riqqs a year, more if there is a lot of demand.
Hand drum store, usually has a small selection of riqqs
The most authoratative site on Rhythms, and Arabic Music on the web.
Muhammed Abdel Wahab, Abdel Halim Hafez, Fairouz, Ulm Kalthoum, Asmahan, Farid Al Atrash....
Arabic traditional and classical music, Taksim, Sama'i, music from the Arabian Gulf, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, instrumentals, lyrics, peoms, sheet music etc...
Music, Sheet music, and information on learning to play
A very good basic history by Dr. Ali Jihad Racy, UCLA ethnomusicologist and musical artist
Ancient to modern day
An Excellent article on Arabic music
Musical Program Director the genius, and all around fantastic guy, Amir ElSaffar
Classical and traditional Arabic and Ottoman music
With riqq player Johnny Farraj
Classical and folkloric Arabic Music
With riqq player Kareem Nagi
A great forum for news, events, and buying and selling instruments.