BDTA: Dum Tek rhythm generator app (review)

screenshots of Dum Tek app

screenshots of Dum Tek app

Wayward Gypsy Studios has really put out something cool with their Dum Tek app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. In fact, so cool, that after playing with the app for a while, my novice drummer hub-ibi turned to me with a very serious face and said “This…is…awesome.”

So what’s so awesome about Dum Tek? Pretty much everything! The app is a rhythm generator that allows you to practice and learn Middle Eastern rhythms. While there are many rhythm drill MP3s available for practice, the genius of Dum Tek is the “play along” feature that notes just where the dums and teks are hitting, making this an excellent learning tool. You can also adjust the BPM of the rhythm to fit the music you’re working with, making it a much more ME specific practice tool than a metronome (or metronome app!).

screenshot of Dum Tek appPlatforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

What can I expect to hear? 31 rhythms and variations (and more promised in future versions)

What kind of dancers would like this app? All kinds of dancers and musicians.

Recommended by Najla? yes

Price: Free!

Where can I get it? Download Dum Tek on iTunes

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BDTA: Tabla app (review)

Screenshot of the Tabla iPhone app

Sometimes apps can be fun and educational, and the Tabla app by Fredo fits that definition. This onscreen drum also comes with a digital drum pad, finger cymbals and a bellydancer who moves with each beat, as well as full in-app instructions that teach you how to play your iPhone like a real drum.

While the lite (aka free) version gives you only a doum and a tek, the full version allows you to use all five parts of the drum and finger cymbals to play along to your favorite songs on the iPod, or to pick out new rhythms.

Platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

What can I expect to hear? Doum doum tek-a tek doum tek-a tek tek-a…

What kind of dancers would like this app? All kinds of dancers and musicians.

Recommended by Najla? yes

Price: Lite version, free. Full version, $1.99

Where can I get it? Download Tabla on iTunes

PS. What rhythm was that?