Beginning Djembe

Essential Tones, Rhythms, & Grooves

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $16.99
  • Format: Book with Online Video
  • Pages: 48
  • Dimensions: 9x12
  • Duration: 1:36:00
  • ISBN: 9780876391686
  • SKU: 00148210
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2016

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Learn to play djembe!

This hands-on workshop will help you produce a good sound, play with healthy technique, and learn the essential concepts, sounds, and rhythms of West African djembe drumming. Extensive play-along online videos will help you practice every technique in the context of a traditional African djembe ensemble. You will learn:

  • Correct, effective djembe playing technique and posture
  • The three fundamental sounds on the djembe: bass, slap, and tone
  • Exercises and play-along videos to help you develop good tone, facility, and memorize essential rhythms and their variations
  • Traditional djembe rhythms from different regions: Sofa, Dundungbe, Soli, Guinea Fare, Kuku, Mane, and Sinte
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“Excellent for the beginner to learn how to play the djembe. Joe and Michael are clear and easy to follow. The playing is correct and clean. A wonderful workshop!”

M’bemba Bangoura, Master Drummer (Guinea, West Africa)


Michael Markus

Michael Markus has spent over twenty years performing, teaching and studying West African drumming. Along with a BFA in percussion,…

Joe Galeota

Joe Galeota has been a performer and educator of African percussion and drum set throughout the United States, Europe, and…