3 Essential Djembe/Hand Drum Rhythms for Beginner/Intermediate Level Players

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In this video we cover 3 essential djembe rhythms that will help take your hand drumming to higher level. These hand drum patterns come from different musical traditions around the world including the music of Africa, Latin America, and the Middle-East.

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Note: Our goal is to get you comfortable playing the instrument. We are not claiming to teach traditional technique or African rhythms.

The 3 Djembe Rhythms featured in this video are:
– Tresillo (aka Carribean Clave aka Malfuf)
– Basic Hip-Hop
– African/World

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AJ Block is the director of Didge Project and is active as a didgeridoo teacher and performer. In addition to didgeridoo, AJ has spent years studying music traditions from all over the world including jazz (trombone and piano), western classical music, Indian Classical Music, guitar and world percussion. AJ has developed a number of programs for Didge Project including The ABCs of Didgeridoo, The Didgeridoo Skills Course, and Circular Breathing Mastery. He is also the author of Didge For Sleep, a didgeridoo learning method designed specifically for people with Sleep Apnea. As a performer AJ is the leader of the Didge Project Music Collective and a member of Dream Seed: A Shamanic Sound Journey. AJ is a founding member of Sacred Arts Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of sacred art traditions through education, ritual and study. As a student of spiritual teacher Maestro Manuel Rufino AJ is an active member of the Golden Drum community.


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20 thoughts on “3 Essential Djembe/Hand Drum Rhythms for Beginner/Intermediate Level Players”

  1. I was watching your hand placement as you played…. You telling everyone who is watching this video that the open and the slap are the same thing by the way you are playing. Pleas pay attention to your hand placement when you are telling new comers to the joy of Djimbe playing. The person who introduced me to playing did the same thing. I am a bit hard of hearing, but I can still tell the difference between a Bass, Open, and Slap tones on a drumb.

  2. Thank you for selecting 3 very useful rhythms and explaining them clearly. But please do not teach djembe. Your stroke technique is awful, and you play every stroke with the same velocity. The middle rhythm in particular you have completely destroyed with this. The slap sounds different from a tone in a competent player, it not just an accented tone. Also please consider the health of your students when instructing them to hurt their forearms like this.

  3. I have a doumbek and i use it to play drumcircles this video was a little confusing to me because I am used to Doom, tec, and ka and I play with it in my lap and I'm a beginer so any tips and tricks and beats would very much be helpful thank you.

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