Part 2b More advanced African drumming (djembe) lesson

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Drum teacher Jason Horsler summarizes the beats he teaches his groups of wider opportunities pupils. Disclaimer: The drum beats in this video are only parts …


nuthajason says:

yes as two overlaid rhythms for two or more drummers.

swingdwarf says:

When you say, “The Bolon has two parts,” do you mean that there are two
parts to be played sequentially, or do you mean there are two separate
djembe parts to be played simultaneously? Does this use of “two parts”
apply to all the rhythms so described in your videos? Thanks!

Michal ┼╗enawet says:

How mutch do i have to pay for a djembe like you have ? I will make a video
or photo of mine , which i have but i think that it doesnt work like it
shoud be. I mean the sound is just not that good as yours or i dont know
… :/

nuthajason says:

lol – and I paid the price because that skin broke a few months after
shooting the video – on the left side! a stern warning to all hand drummers
– I knew batter but didn’t act on it – no jewelry!

Kelly Sturgeon says:

Why do you drum with a ring on your hand?? Tsk tsk

nuthajason says:

good reply. and I must say i’m guilty of switching around as I play. its a
drummer thing – when you’ve done enough drumming you stop thinking pattern
and your body just moves to make the sound you know you want to hear. for
me the hardest thing is slowing down and regularising what I do for my
pupils. in performance i’m a very different animal.

Kevin Pereira says:

Im curious about the year 4 level? An actual school for djembe?

Kevin Pereira says:

sorry you are right, let me ego get away from me there. Thanks for putting
out informational videos for people =) .

Nicky Toss says:


David Allhusen says:

Any way of acquiring a transcript of the word phrases used in this video?

nuthajason says:

i usually teach only one way as it helps beginners to memorise a consistent
hand pattern but i find i change all the time as feels right – as long as
the sound is right. some purist african drummers stick strictly to a hand
pattern but as an african i know that is not in the spirit of africa. i
think it is not a good idea i drumming to say one way is superior unless it
really does affect the sound. all one should take care to note is which
ways are not recommended – for injury’s sake for example

nuthajason says:

no worries!

nuthajason says:

no – i visit loads of local schools to teach whole class djembe lessons to
kids from 10 to 12 years old. j

djembeweaver says:

Reversing a pattern like that is rare in Guinea and Mali but I have seen a
few players do it. That’s called ballet-style and people use those sorts of
handings to play really fast for dancers. In villages people tend to stick
to certain handings (though they vary a bit from region to region). For me
it’s not so much about being a purist so much as playing the handings I’ve
learned from my teachers and practiced through many hours of repetition.

Kevin Pereira says:

and a question about the second rythym, when one bar of the pattern ends,
in other words, s s s b, s t t s b, after that, I notice you star right
hand again, when it is also possible to use the left hand to commence doing
everything with reverse handing, would you say one way is better than the
other? if so why?

nuthajason says:

it is all relative amisto – to a beginner in year 4 at school these are
advanced patterns. but if you look carefully i have not called these
advanced patterns. i have called them MORE advanced – as in further down
the difficulty line than the first set of patterns. so i won’t be renaming
my video. the title is perfectly apt.

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