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how to choose a djembe drum

How To Choose A Djembe Drum

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How To Choose A Djembe Drum Learn How To Choose A Djembe Drum The Right Way If you’re in the pursuit of acquiring a djembe drum I will help you make the best and most educated choice possible. These drums are beautiful works of art. And as a result, the final price on the instrument can be quite high. Therefore, you’ll definitely want to make sure that you don’t waste money on the wrong drum. Follow my steps below and I’ll teach you how to choose a djembe drum. What To Look For In A Djembe? 1) Wood quality and […]
how to tune a djembe drum

How To Tune A Djembe Drum

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How To Tune A Djembe Drum Learn How To Tune A Djembe Drum The Right Way Although the Djembe drum is a more primitive drum in comparison to the modern cussion instruments we have, they are still beautiful instruments and need to be tuned as such. There is no standard or correct tuning for the Djembe drum so you will go by ear to find the tuning that suits you best. Despite the fact that there is no standard tuning for the Djembe, there is most certainly a specific method and way that is used to tune the drum. Follow […]
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How To Read Drum Notes For Beginners

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How To Read Drum Notes For Beginners Want to be able to play drum beats and fills from standard drum notation? You need to learn the art of reading sheet music. Let’s start by reviewing the different symbols used to indicate the various elements of the drum set. Playing & Reading the Hi-Hats The hi-hats are marked just above the top line of the measure with a simple “x” symbol. The image below shows four hi-hat strokes. These are to be played with a drumstick while the hi-hats are closed the entire time (using your left foot on the hi-hats […]
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Buzz Roll Exercises For Drums

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How To Play Buzz Roll Exercises A drum is a pretty short, articulate instrument. When you strike a snare drum, for instance, the sound doesn’t last very long. So when we want to create a long sustained sound we play what is called a “roll.” There are three basic rolls you need to master: Single Stroke Roll – This is playing very fast alternating single strokes to create sustain. This is exactly what we worked on in the previous lesson on rebound stroke. This type of roll works well on larger drums or on cymbals. Buzz Roll – Sometimes called “multiple bounce roll, […]
16th note drum exercises

How To Play 16th Notes Drum Exercises

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16th Note Drum Exercises Once you have mastered basic “Duple” rhythms and “Triple” rhythms, you can understand and play virtually any rhythms you will encounter. This is certainly a great secret to drumming success. If you have some drumming and music reading experience, don’t make the mistake of thinking this all looks too easy and you can already do this. Go through this lesson and look deeper for the power in mastering all of these rhythm variations.  Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes, and Sixteenth Notes In Lesson Four, we began looking at very simple exercises containing 8th notes and 16th notes. […]
Learn Drum Strokes Exercises

Learn Drum Strokes Exercises

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Best Way To Learn Drum Strokes Exercises Lesson three introduces the preliminary Drum Strokes that will program your hands for excellence and teach you to move your sticks like a pro. Muscle memory is a very powerful thing. Playing the snare drum, drum set, marimba or any other percussion instrument involves a vocabulary of motion and uses many different muscles of the hands, fingers, arms, and body. It is unrealistic to just dive in and start playing without giving the muscles some instruction and training in the “right” way to move. This powerful training can be accomplished through a few simple slow-motion drum stroke exercises that allow […]
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How To Play Rebound Strokes – Speed Drumming Technique

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Speed Drumming Technique Fast drumming will come with time – and NOW IS THE TIME! We have spent some lessons developing your hands and wrists, gaining control over fundamental strokes and motions. But now it is time to move into more advanced areas of drumming and develop some significant drumming speed with single strokes, and in future lessons, double strokes. This lesson is dedicated to teaching you how to PROPERLY “let go” of the sticks and begin using the natural rebound in the drum head to play faster!  This is a lot of fun and opens the door to truly fast drumming! To accomplish […]
Learn Proper Drumstick Technique

Learn Proper Drumstick Technique – How To Hold Drumsticks

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Learn Proper Drumstick Technique In this lesson, I will reveal the first secret of how to play the drums like a pro. This secret is about learning proper drumstick technique. One of the most overlooked details in developing world-class drumming skills is the importance of great fundamentals and basics. Learning proper drumstick technique and learning HOW you hold your drumsticks is where drumming mastery begins. Drumstick Grip There are two different styles of holding the sticks in drumming; Matched Grip The right and left hands both hold the sticks the same way, they are mirror images of each other. (See […]