The beginners, *(all of our) need to solo in traditional drumming situations. Most people getting involved with hand drums such as congas and djembes get inspired by seeing a video, being at a drum circle or a performance where they have seen someone soloing. Something clicks. Something calls us. We are moved in a very positive way. And I salute this. The drum is healing. We want to play it, we want to “do our own thing”. It feels personal. It is personal. At once for anyone that touches a drum there is a connection. I would venture to say a connection to spirit. It intrigues and inspires us all. The need to create. To improv, To improvise. It is a valid feeling. Its great we all have it. What …
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Playing the djembe drum standing up is very different then playing seated. You now have more volume but you also have a weight on your shoulders and therefore, lower back as well. Playing standing up takes time and patience to get used to and to learn and special training can help for this as well. You most definitely want to be doing your yoga, stretching and back, shoulder and neck exercises for strength,flexibility and stamina. I also suggest practicing standing at home when (and if) you practice drumming at home. If you are playing in classes this is another great time to practice standing up. Any chance you get is a great time to play standing up. Every little bit counts and eventually you will get used to it. But, …
If you are in the market for a djembe drum you are faced with a huge variety of choices. There are djembes made in Africa, Bali and many different parts of the world. So what is the best djembe for you, for your needs and where do you get it? Which djembe drum should you buy? I recommend a professional top level djembe. Get the best possible drum you can afford and do not buy it on eBay.
Who makes the best top quality high end professional Bongos? In my opinion it is almost always the smaller companies where there is one person in charge, personal attention to detail is foremost and the goal of the artist is more about making a solid great sounding instrument then being a mass marketed production line product manufactured in Thailand.
If you are on a shoestring budget and need the best possible conga drum for the lowest amount of money you are best off buying a used conga drum. If you know what to look for there are some great deals to be found. You can often by two high quality conga drums on the used market place for the same amount or less then buying a new low model conga drum from a large manufacturer. All it takes is some knowledge and time searching and of course the willingness to negotiate a fair price for both seller and buyer.
I recently got a hold of a Gon Bops Shekere as I was traveling and needed something very durable to withstand the rigors of my lifestyle. I would like to note that I also make Shekeres myself, but I always use hard shell gourds. The problem is that for me, gourds and traveling about do not mix well. This is because gourds crack and break easily. If you toss one in the air (a move advanced players use a lot) or hit it with your knee (another move) and miss the correct part of the gourd you can crack your gourd so to speak.