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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Many hands went into getting my favourite Guinea sourced Cassia wood djembe drum into the perfect condition and optimum sound tool it is now. The head is from Ryan ‘Manito’ Wendel. I did some initial repairs to the stem. John Felice mounted the rubber bottom. Drumskull Drums mounted the skin, put on new ropes as well as polished the drum with several different degrees of sand paper. It sometimes takes many hands in the village. Loving this drum! Please contact me if you would like a custom, top of the line djembe made specifically to your specifications! Simply the best!
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.
Well folks, it is finally here! After a very long road of playing, videoing, shooting, editing and re editing I am very excited to let you all know that my all new DVD, “How To Play Djembe” Volume 1 is now available at X8drums.com. It is over 1 hour and 40 minutes long and covers every possible aspect of how to play the djembe!
Let’s face the facts. Until Mamady Keita arrived in the USA we were playing djembe ass backwards. For example, Mandiani was more often then not being played backwards as Soli, (Donba in Senegal) or visa versa. We were doing the best we could at the time as there was very limited resources available in the late 70’s and very few instructors as well. It was prior to the internet and consumer cmcorders were still years off. All we had was cassette recorders. We westerners needed to be shown and taught “the one”, *(the starting beat or first “pulse” as we call the 4 beat that goes through all of west african drumming and djembe music). We were hearing the music wrong and needed to be shown correctly. It was as …
Very athletic and amazing dancers solo and perform at a “dununba” community drum and dance celebration. Dununba refers to “strong mans dance” as it was originaly called and used as. This djembe drum and west african dance party takes place at my friend and teachers house, the late, great and legendary master dancer, drummer and choreographer Kenoko Sano of Ballettes Africans fame.