In my circles of friends and in the drum scenes I partake or I am involved with I have always noticed a rush for beginners and students, people with out developed skill sets to have an “over infatuation” with soloing. I see it at every level of playing and in every style of drumming I am part of. Maybe it’s the Buddy Rich syndrome, peoples earliest memories of drums seeing someone soloing on TV? It is a misconception that this is the heart of hand drumming. It is the heart of entertainment, of showmanship but it is not the heart of drumming. The minute someone touches a drum for the first time they are all over the place. When is the last time you saw a beginner or someone first sitting …
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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.