Featuring 66 different djembe hand patterns that I find very useful for a wide variety of situations. I have included mostly traditional, some modern or “ballet” and even a few practical drum circle and or fun jam patterns. These are not intended to be the final or definitive word on the rhythm arrangements they come out of, they are simply the patterns I have learned from many various teachers over many years and even generations. Yours may indeed be different. Click on this link: https://youtu.be/EVvASuGNUOA These are simply the ways I have found to play them that may also be useful for you as well. If you have learned it or played it differently, thats great, too! My experience is that there are many different ways to play any one rhythm …
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I am now offering West African, Afro Cuban, and Fusion/Hybrid hand drumming classes of all types on line via Skype. I encourage any one who wants to learn more about drumming and how to play drums to contact me. All levels are welcome. If you have always wanted to drum or simply want to enhance your skills or learn more authentic rhythms, how to solo r to find your inner rhythm this is a perfect way.
In all my years playing, studying and teaching West African rhythms and percussion I have always come across an interesting and challenging situation. It is really hard to find people, that is to say djembe players, other fellow percussionists or drum students who want to learn the dunun patterns, individual traditional dunun parts and or ballet arrangements on 2 or 3 dununs or more. dununs are also known as djun djuns, doun douns or doun nouns. If you do not know what dununs are I will tell you about them now. They are the double sided drums hit with a stick on one side. The top of the drum has a bell and you hit that with your second striker, stick or “dinger” as some people call …
Toca artist and Toca endorsee Michael Pluznick shows the fun Zaouli break and Kuku solo technique for djembes and dunun on Toca Stage Series Pro wood djembe and Toca Freestyle Djundjuns.
Does age matter when playing or performing drumming and percussion music? Yes and no.Many of us who have been playing for a while would obviously like to keep playing for a while. I myself am over 50 years old. I am constantly playing with players half my age and sometimes more. Of course there are always going to be some age or physical limitations, but there does not have to be any cramp in your style and with the proper maintanance and care of our bodies there should be no reason why we can not play well into our 90’s! They do in Africa!
People often ask me about a training program. What could they do to improve their drumming and or improve more rapidly? I put together the following suggestions based on my own training program that I have followed for many years. Those of you who know me personaly know I am a bit of a fanatic so of course you can tone down the program to suit your own personal needs. So just take a few ideas from here or all of them. “Arai gor dai” as they say in Thailand (“up to you”)! So pick and choose and enjoy your practice and training ritual. remember it’s “playing” and playing is FUN!