Alf Leyla Wa Leyla – musical analysis for belly dancers

Alf Leyla Wa Leyla is one of the songs every belly dancer should know. It’s perfect for any performance, both choreography and improvization. It has a typical structure with changing rhythms and also taxeem (without rhythm) which makes it interesting for the dancer as well as for the audience. This complexity, however, can cause problems,…

Alabina by Ishtar – musical analysis for belly dancers

In this article you will find the Alabina musical analysis to help you count whether you are learning someone else’s belly dance choreography or creating your own. Alabina is a perfect song for Arabic Flamenco belly dance fusion. It’s cheerful, upbeat and easy to listen to even for unexperienced audience. However, it is more difficult…

The best Arabic Flamenco YouTube videos

Whenever I am to create a new belly dance choreography, I always look for inspiration on YouTube. Nothing in this world is really original and getting inspired by other dancers’s work is not the same as copying their choreography. I’d like to share with you a list of the best Arabic Flamenco YouTube videos I…

Music for Arabic Flamenco belly dance fusion

In my belly dance class we are currently working on an Arabic Flamenco belly dance fusion choreography. When I started looking for suitable music, I had no idea how difficult it is going to be. While doing the research on the Internet, I quickly realized that almost every other Arabic Flamenco fusion belly dance performance…

How to replace the elastic in your finger cymbals

Have you just started playing with zills and found out that they are wobling from side to side and turning around your fingers? That’s probably because most finger cymbals / zills came with a very thin cheap elastic which doesn’t hold them in place while dancing. You should replace the elastic as soon as possible…

The cheap way to get Montessori tone bars

Montessori tone bars are an excellent tool to help you develop your musicality and learn music theory quickly and on your own. Whether you are 5 or 95 years old, you can learn music in such an easy way that it blows my mind. As a child, I used to attend music theory lessons. For…

What is the chromatic scale and how to learn it?

Learning the chromatic scale is the next step in Montessori style ear training. I assume you did all the preparatory exercises and you alredy have a good knowledge of the C major scale. If not, please do those exercises first. The chromatic scale is a musical scale with twelve pitches, each a semitone above or below…