March 15, 2006

Just whap it like this

So I get to make my percussion debut this weekend with a friend’s band who was in need of some rhythm. I am playing the djembe, which is African for “I have no idea how to actually play it.” I have apparently scorched the skins at rehearsals, garnering nothing but accolades, but truth is, I don’t know what I am doing.

Here is where you come in. I figure out of all of my musically astute readers, there must be someone there who can help with the two things I am looking for: a) some sort of lesson in technique, be it on the internet or just some instructions from you or b) a few good songs I can listen to intently where the djembe is used and get some ideas that way about different sounds I can make. Right now my rhythm is good but kind of one-dimensional.

But did I mention how FUN IT IS?!?!

2 Comments »

  • You might start with these: http://www.rhythmweb.com/djembe/
    http://djembelfaq.drums.org/vIV.htm

    Let us know when the recording contract comes through. [g]

    Cleggy — March 15, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

  • Djembe is awesome.

    I play it with the youth music group at church every sunday.

    Good times. You’ll pick it up.

    If you have a sense of rhythm, just keep trying different things. Different hits on different parts of the drum create a variety of sounds- that’s obvious, I know, but seriously try it out.

    Keep up the awesome blogging.

    Cousy — March 15, 2006 @ 11:06 pm

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