I have noticed that most of the time even those of us who practice djembe or dunu regularly are practicing at a normal comfortable speeds or moreover, the same speed with out knowing it. We may be learning new phrases or rhythms, but generally we default to our own comfortable natural speed. The problem is that we all have different natural speeds we drum at and the more you practice drumming at the same speed, the more you get locked into only being comfortable playing at that speed. This is why many people don’t improve in certain areas of hand drumming and also why they aren’t able to play well or comfortably in different playing situations or more importantly when the rhythm speeds up. Simply put, if you want to …
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You have just been to your first drum circle and you are fully charged up and excited to play drums. Or maybe you have been to several drum circles or drumming events. It was fun and exciting to play your drum with other people. You want to do it more and more. So what happens next? Maybe you are having fun playing in your home to a CD, DVD, iTunes or by yourself at the beach.