Where is Balkan?

The Balkan Peninsula is the Anatolian Peninsula of Turkey.
The Balkans are the Anatolian Peninsula of Turkey to the east
The Balkan Peninsula is a region of Greece, Bulgaria, Northern Macedonia, and the former Yugoslavia, sandwiched between Italy to the west.

Today, I would like to introduce you to Bucimis.
Bucimis is said to be a folk dance from around Bulgaria.
This area has been under the control of various ethnic groups since ancient times.
The area has been under the rule of the Ottoman Empire for a long time until modern times.
In terms of music, it is a fusion of East and West.
The music developed as a fusion of East and West. Let’s take a look at some of the works by modern performers.

This is a performance by an Israeli mandolin player.
He plays with some improvisation.
I’m not sure if it’s a good idea, but I think it’s a good idea 😌.

If I played it normally
If it were a normal performance, it would be over after about two weeks of the theme.
But with the frame drum solo and violin improvisation
The result is an ensemble with a lot of dynamics.
In this way
The music of the Balkans
The music of the Balkans can be adequately reproduced with Western instruments
It also has chordal harmony.
and chordal harmony.
And there are some melodies with a little spice.
I think it’s easy for us who live in the modern world to relate to it.

Easiest way to play Irregular rhythm

Busimic is a song in 15 beats per minute.

Fifteen beats? You may think it sounds difficult.
But in fact, once you get the hang of it, it’s surprisingly easy to play a song with regular time changes like this.

If you make a mistake, don’t count one by one from 1 to 15.
Due to the structure of the human brain
No matter how smart you are, it’s hard to grasp so many numbers.
So, simply count odd and even numbers
There is a way to count only the combination of 2 and 3.

2 = Taah (Taka)
3 = Takita

Ta-taka, ta-taka, ta-taka, ta-taka, ta-taka, ta-taka. 
Sing it out and see for yourself.
It’s surprisingly easy, isn’t it?
You don’t even need to prepare an instrument!
You can practice odd time signatures while playing rhythm with your tongue and voice.
This theory has been systematized in
Indian music rhythm theory.
The complex phrases of the tabla drum
You may have heard people chanting complex phrases on the tabla drum at a very fast pace.
It doesn’t have to be that technical.
Even if you’re not that skilled, you can learn how to chant 15 beats in this way.
Two and three
Ta and Takita
It’s easy to become familiar with it by simply dividing it into two and three.

Busimic music score

For that reason
We’ve also prepared a Bucimis score so that you can get familiar with it on any instrument.
Download it for free and have fun!