Discover 10 More Djembe Sounds
In this video, I am just showing you some other sounds you can do on a djembe. If you want to get adventurous, try them yourself! I will not be explaining these much, just playing them for you as examples of what you can do as you grow.
Most of these are self-explanatory, especially if you watch my hands carefully, while others are a little unusual. But at least it will give you a field of beautiful possibilities when drumming in a circle or playing around at home.
How to Create More Melody as You Drum
10 More Sounds on a Djembe:
Sharing 10 more sounds:
OK two more, just for kicks (separate video):
OK that's 15 sounds total including the Tone, Slap, Bass... Enough for now. Believe me, it never ends if you keep experimenting.
Make Your Own?
Of course, there are many more sounds I have discovered over the years, depending on where you hit the drum edge, the skin, the side of the drum, etc.
And you can always create your own! If you do, let me know about it. Send me a video!
Drum on! Yeehah!
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