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How To Play The Djembe: For Beginners

Have fun learning to play this West African hand drum. Improve your confidence, and expression on the Djembe!
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392 students enrolled
Created by Larry Crowe
Last updated 8/2014
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What Will I Learn?
By the end of this course you will have a basic understanding of how to play the Djembe. You will have a solid understanding of the three basic sounds of this hand drum and how to play some basic rhythms and patterns.
Improve you self confidence, and learn to express yourself on this amazing hand drum!
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  • You will need a Djembe to practice with. You can buy or rent one from your local music store. Also, bring your energy and enthusiasm!

This course is designed to help students learn to play the Djembe. This West African hand drum is fun and easy to play! How To Play The Djembe: For Beginners is a step by step course that will introduce you to the three basic tones of this amazing drum and provide you with a number of patterns and exercises for you to practice.

Each video lecture will provide students with clear and easy to follow instructions. The learning process is gradual and each lesson builds upon the other. This course also includes an easy to read pdf of the exercises and patterns featured throughout the video in music notation form.

Hand drumming is an easy and fun form of personal expression. Students will gain self confidence, improve concentration and relieve stress by taking this course!

Who is the target audience?
  • If you've ever wanted to play a hand drum or if you just want to brush up on your basic technique on the Djembe, this is the course for you.
  • If you are an advanced Djembe player this course may not be challenging enough for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 19 Lectures Collapse All 19 Lectures 01:06:02
Introduction To The Djembe
1 Lecture 01:30

This lecture is an introduction to the Djembe. It discusses where the drum originates, what materials it's made from and it's use traditionally and in contemporary culture.

Preview 01:30
The Playing Position
1 Lecture 01:18

This lecture will discuss the two main playing positions for the Djembe.

The Playing Position
The Bass Tone (Gun or Dun)
1 Lecture 03:05
The Open Tone (Go or Do)
1 Lecture 03:04
Basic Patterns For The Bass And Open Tone
6 Lectures 19:01
Basic Patterns For The Bass And Open Tone (Introduction)

Basic Patterns For The Bass and Open Tone (Quarter Notes)

Basic Patterns For The Bass and Open Tone (Quarter Notes Continued)

Basic Patterns For The Bass and Open Tone (Quarter and Eighth Notes)

Basic Patterns For The Bass and Open Tone (Quarter and Eighth Notes Continued)

Basic Patterns For The Bass and Open Tone (Patterns in 3)
The Slap Tone (Pa or Ta)
1 Lecture 03:34
Basic Patterns For The Bass, Open and Slap Tone
7 Lectures 33:51
The Bass, Open and Slap Tone (Quarter Note Exercises)

The Bass, Open and Slap Tone (Quarter Note Exercises Continued)

The Bass, Open and Slap Tone (Quarter and Eighth Note Exercises)

The Bass, Open and Slap Tone (Quarter and Eighth Note Exercises Continued)

The Bass, Open and Slap Tone (Patterns in Six)

The Bass, Open and Slap Tone (Patterns in Six Continued)

The Bass, Open and Slap Tone (Patterns in Six Final)
1 Lecture 00:39
About the Instructor
4.4 Average rating
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486 Students
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Professional Percussionist and Instructor

Larry Crowe was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has been playing the drums since the age of thirteen. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music from York University, Toronto, Canada. In 1983 he received a grant from the Canada Council to study at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Larry has performed in Canada, the United States, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, and throughout Asia. He has performed and recorded in many musical settings and with various artists like Juno Award winner Robert Michaels (Latin Jazz), Jim McCarty (Yardbirds, Renaissance), Jesse Gress (Todd Rundgren, Tony Levin Band), John Hawken (Renaissance, The Strawbs) and Grammy Nominated Ron Korb (World Music). He has also performed with musical theatre shows like "On The Eighth Day" and "Menopause Out Loud". As a composer and songwriter, Larry has produced and written music for singers and bands in the popular music field. As well as, instrumental pieces for media, advertising and children's music. As an educator, Larry has been teaching drums for over fifteen years in the Toronto area and is the author of the drum set method books Masterful Drumming Volume 1 and 2. He also maintains a busy schedule performing, teaching and conducting hand drum workshops and clinics.

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