Rampi Rampi

Traditional Turkish song in 9/8 (2-2-2-3) with some improv. Pronounced “rompee rompee.” One of my favorite tunes to play.

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8 Responses to “Rampi Rampi”

  1. 1 Leslie August 24, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    This is awesome. Thanks for figuring it out and sharing it.

  2. 2 Tim November 16, 2008 at 2:05 am

    I am having a realy hard time with it. not so much the timeing but the melody iv never realy bothered much with tab and muddle through, but i cant seem to fudge this one…and the tab is doing my head in.(probably 9/8 tab isnt the best place to start im only into the 4th bar of the intro after 3 days)
    I know you already did a right hand video, but could you posibly do one of your awesome lessons with more focus on the left hand and what goes on with the pulloffs in the second chorus i think it is.
    this tune is is a must for anyone who plays clawhammer imho
    your style rocks my world

  3. 3 Cathy November 16, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Tim, I’m glad you like Rampi Rampi. It’s one of my favorites to play. I’ll put a left-hand video on my to-do list, because I agree it will help people learn the tune.

  4. 4 John November 16, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    It really is a great tune and a very nicely produced instructional video.

    Tim – it really helped me to play along with Cathy’s counting and drumming. For instance, simply play the first 4 bars over and over while she counts and drums. IMHO the right hand is the key to the piece.


  5. 5 John November 18, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Unless I’m missing something (which is entirely possible), you can’t work this tune with a conventional metronome because of the group of three at the end of each measure. Cathy, do you agree?

    If true, playing along with your counting (or programming a drum machine), really is valuable.


  6. 6 Cathy November 19, 2008 at 12:06 am

    John, I agree, it’s hard to use a conventional metronome to practice tunes in odd meters. Some people set the metronome to click once at the start of each measure, so they can tell if they’re keeping the tempo steady. Luckily, there are more sophisticated metronomes now that can play lots of rhythms.

  7. 7 Tim November 19, 2008 at 9:16 am

    thank you so much… i look forward to it.
    i dont have a metronome but i have Acid pro, any beat is a piece of cake to produce. think about some kind of pc loop based editor(not necessarily Acid there are hundreds) if you want to produce unusual beats to play too.

  8. 8 Luma February 10, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I’m a dancer and I really enjoyed your version of Rampi Rampi. Very folky, my favorite.

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