Your Djembe Drum Guide
Everything You Need To Know
Discovering the world of the djembe drum is fun and exciting.
In this guide you'll find lots of information that
helps you get the most out of your new passion right from the start:
African Djembe Drumming
I'll always remember the effect my first lesson had on me many years
ago: It energized my body and relaxed my mind. I had found a
way to get a feeling of Africa right in my hometown. Why not try it
To get started, you may want
to read this. It gives you a quick overview of how to
This DVD removes your fear of drumming by giving you a solid foundation
in the privacy of your home. Find out why I think this DVD is the best
choice for a beginner.
Buying A Drum
Nowadays, most bigger music stores have
djembe drums for sale. But
finding the right one
you is a bit more complicated when you're
new to the drumming world.
that are offered are authentic African instruments and not all
retailers are clear about that. So inform yourself about the
different types before
you walk into a store!
(Read the history page
to understand the cultural context and importance of its tradition in
Buy a drum that
you'll enjoy playing for a long time!
Maintenance And Repair
Your drum needs proper care and maintenance just like any
other music instrument. Keep it in shape and it will last you a long
Kingy Mensah is an experienced drum builder in Ghana, West Africa. He
you through this whole maintenance section and answers your questions.
can appear in hot and dry weather conditions. This doesn't
mean the end of your drum, but needs to be taken care of. Here's how.
If your rope is in very bad shape, you need to completely remove and
replace it. Learn how to properly tie the knots back onto the
As a second step, you'll find easy-to-follow instructions on how to
redo the verticals correctly.
Consider these 6 things and you will find and buy the most suitable
djembe skins for traditional djembe heads...
Useful Accessories & Tools
This is the typical type of bag that African drummers use in their
homeland. Meet the guys that make these bags and get one for
yourself, if you like.
The Western Brand "Remo" makes bags that perfectly fit their
instruments. If you have a
Remo drum, this type of bag
will suit your
Drum stands have advantages. That's why even Master drummers like
Mamady Keita use them. Consider these thing to find the one that best
suits your needs.
- shoulder strap
- replacement skin
- replacement drum rope
- repair and maintenance tools
By the way, you'll also find lots of info
on other African
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