Uploaded by James Tipton on 11 September, 2013 at 3:18 am
A video to help you learn my favourite way of playing in six.
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can teach a 6/8 persian beat
Yes, Bembe itself is Cuban, which as you say grew out of West African rhythms. That’s the traditional rhythm I’ve found to be closest to the rhythm which I play on this video.
I’ve never heard of that so I assume it is not a Malinke or Susu rhythm from Guinea Conakry…a quick search on google seems to suggest it is a Cuban rhythm. Either way this is an important technique in West African 12/8 rhythms (which is where Cuban rhythms developed from anyway)
As a side-note it is worth pointing out that with the odd exception the djembe parts cannot identify the rhythm, since the same djembe parts appear in many different rhythms. It is the duns that identify the rhythm. Specifically it is usually the sangban that holds the melody. A good example are dundun ba rhythms. There are many distinct rhythms in this family but the djembe and kenkeni are always the same. It is the sangban that tells you whether you are playing dunungbé, Konowulen or Takosaba.
Agreed, Jon. It is a variation of Bembe, which some drummers call “the mother rhythm” of West African drumming.
I’ve seen this (or very similar variations) played as both accompaniment and as a kind of solo ride in Soko, Tiriba and Wassolonka to name three. So it’s an important 6/8 rudiment in West African djembe drumming.
thanks for the poly rythm demonstration these are so important to get into trans states
Thank you very much. So nice, slow and understandable!!! Great!
I can do it when I copy your playing, but not thru your word. Good either way.
Your tutorials are by far the best ones I have found so far! Thank you so much for making it so simple!!
awesome videos bro!
keep ’em coming 🙂
What is this rhthym called? Is it a real traditional african or is it just a simplification?
I use my ring for an additional sound.
love how you teach….it would be great if you could show a samba and a regaee pattern..thank you for the videos!
great video please post more youre a master at teaching 🙂
you’re a fantastic teacher. Thanks loads
Where do you put the firewood?
A friend of mine went to West Africa and came back with a rhythm he learned from a tribe that he taught us called the “crocodile” . This rhythm is exactly the same rhythm. We sing with it
“Ya de ya de ya…. ba ma yay….., Sa su la de bama…., ko de la toe yay.” ( wish I could show how it is sung.
Nice work! I also have a couple of wee videos showing some basic djembe moves. Thanks, Norm the Drummer.
Hi Benny. My wedding ring doesn’t come off anymore, and is slim so it has never caused any damage. Yes, I agree, it is always best to remove rings.
One lesson for you.. Don’t play with a ring or whatever on your hands.. it may brake your djembe membrane, or even make your finger bleed. Other then that.. coool
i love the way you learn how to play on my djembé!!i want more of you lessons!!!grtz