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Gypsy musicians and the instruments they play

Issue 65
Gypsy musicians and the instruments they play

Muhammad Imran . Egypt


Two things explain why Gypsies are of paramount significance when it comes to playing musical instruments. Firstly, many Gypsy musicians learn the fundamentals of playing an instrument by watching their fathers, uncles and other musical family members perform. Their knowledge of how to play an instrument comes from their early exposure to the creative information available in their familial environment.

Musicians learn the fundamentals of music and the customs of their peers as they go through their training and eventually reach the professional level. Gypsy musicians’ dedication and expert performances have brought them great fame.

Another consideration is that each artist has their own distinct style that must be faithfully maintained when playing their instrument. In addition, Gypsy musicians have exceptional performing skills that, for the most part, pay attention to the underlying musical dynamics that emerge from intricate nuances, which is what gives Gypsy music its unique sound.

For example, Gypsy musicians are masters of the rebab, daf, mizmar, salamiya, riq, goblet drum, sajat (brass finger cymbals) and every other instrument that is common in Egypt's traditional music.

Gypsy musicians are at the forefront of promoting and showcasing these instruments, and they often outperform non-Gypsy artists. Gypsy musicians have an intimate connection to a number of instruments that have become ingrained in their musical legacy.



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