EASY BEAT 5 : LESSON
A few Notes
Easy Beat 5 : Lesson - Top View
Easy Beat 5 - Medium
Easy Beat 5 - Slow
Easy Beat 5 - Variations
OK here is something fun to learn: How to do variations on a rhythm. Watch here how I add a note, take one away, add two or three in a different place, and so on. After playing a rhythm a long time, you get bored, so you find yourself adding something here and there, and variations are born! At least, that's the way it works for me. And maybe for you!
Today's Tip : Avoiding Pain
Don't Hit the Edge!
This is a crucial lesson! If you are going to continue drumming, I MUST teach you how to avoid hurting yourself, or I know you will not want to continue. When I first started playing djembe, I was hurting my thumb a lot, and it took me a long while to figure out how to avoid that. I was tenacious and determined, but I know most people just give up when it hurts. So... here I am to help you avoid the pain!
NEVER hit the edge of the drum, where the wood it. Done. Haha.
OK, here is what I mean, and you will need to see the video for this. The edge of the drum where the wood is under the outer edge of the skin, is the danger zone. PAIN PAIN. BAD BAD. Just avoid hitting that with your little finger and your thumb, and ANY joint actually, and you will probably avoid all the pain that comes from hitting the drum wrong. And that's an important point.
Pain ONLY comes from hitting the drum WRONG! You will not hurt yourself if you are hitting the drum correctly. So practice like I show you in the video, hitting the skin and not the edge, and you will be fine.
Be sure to always to hit the drum with your fleshy parts of the fingers at the edge, never with your joints.
Now go play the drum! And be safe and pain-free!
Screaming with Joy
I am a musician myself but wanted to learn drumming. When I watch Robert drum for dancers at Dance Church, Sufi, and parties, and see how everyone starts moving, shouting and screaming with joy, it's amazing. I realized I wanted to do that! I have been taking group lessons from Robert once a week for about 2 months now, and for someone that never touched a drum before, I am getting better fast. His knowledge goes way beyond the rhythms and sounds - he really understands the art and spirit of it, the psychology and physiology of dancers. I get a lot out of every lesson, and I intend to join his performance group.
~~ Kevin Dalfonso, Musician, Systems Tech, Encinitas, CA
Get the Room Rocking
I met Robert some years ago. When I learned about his prowess as a drummer and rocking the djembe, I invited him to join my rock band, Clarke After Darke. He was amazing. It didn't matter what the song was, he was always able to get the room rocking with his strong percussive beats. And he dueled with the kit-drummer, like a swashbuckling pirate and they laid down some fabulous solos. Besides, he is a really kind and gentle person. We were sad when he left for California. We love him to bits.
~~ Clarke Stevens, Entertainer, CPA, Phoenix, AZ
I've been casually drumming for many years but never formally, and never with african drumming. Then I saw Robert drumming at our local dance church. I was amazed how he could change rhythms effortlessly and "communicate" with the other drummers. Not only is he a great drummer, he is an extraordinary teacher. He is kind, patient and shows a true love for drumming and teaching. When he asked us at our first lesson what were our goals, he didn't snicker or laugh when I said "I just want to be as good as you" - now my goal is to have fun and be as good as I can be, and if that even approximates a quarter of Robert's talent I will be grateful.
~~ Paul Paez, Chiropractor, Encinitas, CA