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!
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If you are a drummer or musician or just love percussion and you are ever in Bali (or on line) you owe it to yourself to check out Bali Treasures. I was recently in Ubud Bali where I had the pleasure to meet the owner of the Bali Treasures retail store Ed A. Balma. Ed also is owner of what is probably the worlds largest djembe manufacturingcompany. The store is in Ubud and is filled with every kind of percussion instrument you could imagine or ever want and I was in heaven. You could spend days in there playing all the different percussion instruments and experimenting with their different sounds, textures and styles. As a collector of percussion instruments for over 30 years I really appreciated this incredible variety of …
Balinese djembe player *(worker in the Bali Treasures drum and percussion store), solos on a nice Toca djembe in Kassa (from Guinee West Africa) djembe and dunun class@ Bali Treasures retail store in Ubud, Bali , Iidonesia.
Memorial Day weekend was beautiful and truly “memorial” with Carnaval 2010 in San Francisco and also the well attended and amazing West African, Afro Cuban, Ewe (Ghana) and Brasilian (Brazilian) drum and dance party in Mosswood Park, Oakland , California! [smooth=id:42;]
Ewe drumming Ewe drumming is very diverse and is played in many slightly different ways here and in West Africa as well. The example here is played by Ewe master drummer CK Ladzepko from Ghana. An Ewe musician from Togo may play a piece or instrument slightly differently from the way an Ewe from Ghana does. The Fon people of Benin also play and perform this music. They construct their villages, towns, and cities on water, and because of this, they do not play the same upright drums other Ewe play. Instead, they place large gourds (calabash) cut in half and played on water as drums. An Ewe drumming ensemble consists of several drums, a bell called a Gangokoi and a rattle type instrument called and axatse (pronounced ah-hah-chay). …
[smooth=id:38;] Check out the beautiful photos by Bill Adams of the West African/ world drumming and dance performance at the Blend show by Lavaroots Ensemble on the Big Island of Hawaii