Most of us are unaware of our physical habits from our daily life that carry over when play drums.We all have ways we physically respond to everything that happens in our daily life. It’s unconscious for the most part and habitual as well. When we sit down (or stand ) to play drums we are often repeating physical ways of movement that are related to other things we do in life. To emotional inputs. That is to say, for better or worse we bring who we are and how we physically react and respond to things and situations emotionally and physically in our lives to the drum when we play. For example, people that tighten up as a response to tense situations will tighten up when they play unless corrected. …
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It is amazing how few reviews there are on conga drums out there new or used. And many people think that the best drums made are from the major manufacturers such as L.P., Mienl, Toca and such. So today we will show you some solid alternatives that I am sure you will find eye opening and at the very least beautiful and interesting as well.
My latest instructional series on how to play the djembe and west african drumming styles is now available for easy downloads at X8drums.com. This easy to follow tutorial series features easy to follow instructions, over the shoulder shots and special slow motion sequences to make your learning experience easier and fun! Please check it out at X8drums.com where you can see and hear a free sample.
One thing I have noticed in my many, many moons of drumming is that although someone may be trained in west african drumming music, djembe or dununs and technically be a great or at least a knowledgable djembe player or even drum teacher, it does not mean they know how or can play djembe solo or more accurately lead djembe for a dance class.
My latest instructional DVD, “How to Play Afro Cuban Congas” has just been relased today on earthcds.com. This DVD features almost everything I have learned in the last 25 years or more studying, learning, teaching and performing conga drums around the world. There is in depth looks at all the major rhythms with break down sections, slow motion and different vantage points as well.
When you are buying a djembe there are numerous things to look for to assure you are buying the right drum for your self. Here is a guideline of features to be aware of and look for.
When buying a djmebe the first thing you want to look at is the wood shell. Put a towel or something soft (or card board) on the ground and turn the drum upside down. Inspect the inside of the drum carefuly using a flashlight if you have to. Look for cracks that go all the way through the drum. You have to check very carefully as the cracks are often carefully concealed and they may or may not be problematic later on in the drums life.