Online Tombak Lessons

Online Tombak Lessons by Peyman Nasehpour

Whether you are looking for a way to learn how to play the tombak, you have come to the right place.

On this page, I am going to explain my methods for the online tombak lessons. Though my main method for teaching the tombak is by ear, the tombak notations are also used to assist the student to learn and remember the lessons more easily.

The tombak (also known as the tonbak or the zarb) is the goblet-shaped drum and the chief Persian percussion instrument.

The main tombak style that I teach is the style by Ostad Nasser Farhangfar though I use the Tombak Rudiment book based on the style of Ostad Hossein Tehrani. I also explain and teach the style of Ostad Amir Nasser Eftetah. For more, see my note on the Performing Styles of Tonbak.

The students of my online tombak classes should have a reliable Internet connection, a computer with video chat facilities, and of course, a tombak.

Online music courses (for example, via Google Meet or Skype) have been proven to be an excellent alternative method of teaching by using a video chat facility, especially during the pandemic. A long time before the pandemic, my personal experience showed me that online lessons are effective enough and much more, they are comfortable and economical. Here is the feedback of Leo Sai (Shimizu) who took Skype lessons from me located in Boston and later in Tokyo while I was located in Germany:

"I've been taking Peyman's online Tombak and Ghaval lessons since April 2011. Before starting our lessons, I was not sure if Skype lessons work, but now I have understood that this way of teaching totally works. He always shows me the rhythms and finger patterns very slowly and explains them clearly. His teaching is well-organized, and also he improvises in a good way during his class. In my opinion, Peyman is a great teacher and drummer."

For more, see Online Tonbak, Ghaval, and Daf Lessons.

Keywords. dombak, donbak, dumbec, dumbek, dumbeq, doumbec, doumbek, doumbeq, tonbak, tombak, zarb.