How To Tie Djembe Knots

Step By Step Instructions And Video


Are you trying to figure out how to tie djembe knots? Just watch how Kingy Mensah does it, the friendly drum builder in Ghana. He'll show you step by step:


how to tie djembe knots
Step 1

Thightly wrap the bottom iron ring with a strip of cotton cloth to protect the rope from rust and cuts.

how to tie djembe knots
Step 2

Use white glue to finish.

how to tie djembe knots
Step 3

Repeat the same thing with the crown ring.

how to tie djembe knots
Step 4

Measure the rope by wrapping it around your arm about 7 times. Don't cut it from the spool yet, just mark it with a knot.

how to tie djembe knots
Step 5

Start with the crown ring.
Hold the mark and place the measured rope over the ring into the middle. Pull it out from under the ring and over the rope.

how to tie djembe knots
Step 6

Now, place the rope under the ring into the middle.

how to tie djembe knots
Step 7

Pull it out over the ring
and through the loop.

how to tie djembe knots
Step 8

Tighten the rope.
The first knot is finished. Let's try that again...

how to tie djembe knots
Step 9

Place the rope over
the ring and pull it
through the loop.

how to tie djembe knots
Step 10

Place the rope under the ring and pull it through
the loop.

how to tie djembe knots
Step 11

Voilà! Continue like this all around the ring, leaving no more than 1 inch of space between the knots. Now, you can cut the rope and tie the ends together or fuse them with a lighter.

how to tie djembe knots
Step 12

Count your knots. Place the drum upside down and tie the exact same number of knots onto the bottom ring. Leave less space between the knots than you did on the crown ring.


That's it! It's really simple once you get the hang of it. If you're still confused, watch how Mensah ties his djembe knots in this video:




When this is done, you are ready to add the verticals. Just follow Kingy Mensah's simple djembe stringing instructions.


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