Easy Beat 1 - Lesson
Easy Beat 1 - Lesson - Top View
Easy Beat 1 : Kuku Part 3 - Slow
Notes and Notation
Today's rhythm is traditionally known as Kuku, part 3. This is usually played on a low-tuned, larger djembe, because it focuses on the bass and tones to hold the "bottom" or power line. It's easy to learn, very important, helps you learn to keep the pulse, and helps any other drummers find the pulse as well. Playing this rhythm will give you a way to contribute a lot to a group without being a professional drummer. That comes later. This is only the first lesson, ya know!
According to Fara Tolno and the Rhythm Reference project which I created:
"Kuku is extremely popular. It has always been played to bring people together for many different occasions.
Kuku is originally from the village of Beyla in the forest region of Guinea. It was traditionally played for the end of the harvest festivities and during celebrations of all kinds. Originally it was played only on the djembe as the dundun did not exist in this region. Kuku is unusual in that the solo was traditionally played on the low drum with another drummer accompanying on a small djembe.
Kuku has become one of the most popular and well-known rhythms among all western students. It has since been adapted to incorporate dunun and djembe solos for ballet ensembles."
For those of you who like notation, and I don't, here is your little treat for the day:
B . . . B . . . T . T . T T . .
KEY TO SYMBOLS:
Today's Tip : How to Play a Bass
How to Play a Bass sound on a Djembe.
See the full written article HERE.
The most crucial thing you need to know in playing a djembe, is the way to play so you make a clear sound, and don't hurt your hands. In this video, I teach you how to play a bass sound properly.
Keep in mind though, that every teacher has different methods they play, and different methods they teach, so take these a starting suggestions, as you would with any teacher, and learn to make a clear sound, YOUR way. I have seen ALL kinds of techniques for tones and basses, but as long as the sound is good, any drum teacher will be proud.