6/8 Rhythm Combo Part - Lesson
6/8 Combo Part
6/8 Rhythm Combo Part - Slow
Notes and Notation
Part 3 is actually a combination of the other two parts, with some variation. This is not usually played at the same time as part 1 or 2, but sometimes. I know I play it when I am the only djembe for a dance class, so we have the two parts feel. It gets hard to hold though, because it has a lot of hits when you get going full speed for a dance class. But for a drum circle, at the usual pace of those, it's easy enough.
This is a lot like the passport rhythm actually, but in 6/8 feel instead. It actually has the same hits, in the same order, and the only real difference is the spacing of the hits, and of course, the 6/8 timing instead of 4/4 for passport.
OK, as usual, it will be LOT easier to understand just by watching and playing instead of reading about it. And of course, playing along with me, is the ultimate learning tool, so let's do it.
For those of you that insist on notation, as some do, and you know who you are, and yes I still love you haha, here it is:
S . S s T t S . S s T t - two cycles
S . S s T t S . S s T t S . S s T t S . S s T t - four cycles
Note the difference from the passport, which is:
S . . s S . T t S . . s S . T t - two cycles
See how the spacing is different? That alone gives it a totally different feel. In the beginning, I often got these mixed up. But after playing them over and over, and playing with the other parts and the breaks, it just became second nature to get them right, and play the right spacing with the right time signature.
So don't worry about all the thinking and intellectual understanding. Your body will know best, and your muscles will know best, as long as you play it and play it, and play along with me to get the feel and context.
So watch and listen to the video, play with me, practice on your own, and you will master another part of djembe drumming.
And as always...
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