Have you ever broken your skin on your drum or had your head pop on your djembe drum? I remember way back when I had just bought a new drum at a Mamady Keita workshop from Drumskulls. After the drum class when I arrived back home I put it in my kitchen and walked in the other room. I heard a loud bang. When I walked back in the head was completely ripped apart. What had I done? All I could do at the time was (sob) and call the goood guys down at the drum shop and drive all the way back to Santa Cruz from San Rafael (2 hours away).
I am very happy to report that there is finally a video (or DVD actually) that shows us step by step, inch by inch how to rehead a djembe. The DVD, How to Re-Head a Djembe by Shorty Palmer is a must have for all djembe enthusiasts and anyone owning a djembe drum. Because if you own a djembe you need to know how to fix it as they do pop and sometimes not in the most convienient or best places to have it fixed.
Shorty’s teaching methods are clear and easy to follow and he really exudes confidence and knowledge. This is someone who has re headed a lot of drums and knows his way around a djembe 100%! He has not missed or skipped anything at all and every bit of knowledge you will need to re head a drum is in this DVD.
Not everyone out there shares their secrets and I really want to point this out because Shorty is sharing all the info here!
There are 10 easy to follow chapters,
Wrapping the Loop ring
Tying the loops
Pulling the verticles
Tightening the head
Pulling verticles on a dry drum
Overall the DVD is very well done, informative and inviting. It does not intimidate the uninitiated and an absolute beginner could follow along and re skin (re head) his or her own drum by watching this video. I especially like his spinning table and how he ropes and measures the skin to keep the spine straight. I have seen a lot of methods for skinning but I had not seen this before and it is quite a good method. As shorty say’s “this really males a difference on far your skin comes down”.
Shorty has a lot of tricks he shares, tools of the trade and techniques for making your skin go on your drum easily and professionaly.
I highly recommend this DVD for any and all players and owners of djembes. This is a DVD that any djembe player of any level will watch re watch and watch again! It is going on my “must have/must watch” list and I give it 10 out of 10 rating!