LEARNING THE RHYTHMS
• Learn about Hand Drum Notation Systems (Djembe-L FAQ article)
• Free! Notation Playback Rhythm Exchange (previously named S.H.A.R.E. – Server Hosted African Rhythm Exchange). Audible online rhythm notations for djembe, bass drums, and bells. Download sheet notation too.
• Bill Matthews of Conga Joy offers a series of books, cds, and dvds featuring an eclectic collection of rhythms in an easy-to-read and learn format for the beginning and intermediate drummer. Once you get one, you'll want them all!
http://djemberhythms.com offers free online how-to drum video lessons, audio samples, and good background on the history and language of hand drumming. He has authored three hand drum and percussion books full of notated rhythms and written lessons on drumming technique. (Note: He uses Pa-Ta-go-do-Gun-Dun notation style)
• Jim Donovan (former drummer for the band Rusted Root) offers an extensive library of drumming and drum circle leadership video lessons that you can access online by subscription. Try the free sample lessons here >
Drum maker Bill Anderson of Blue Heron Drums (former Keweenaw resident) makes a wide variety of rope tuned ethnic hand drums from imported and local materials, as well as other percussion instruments and supplies: http://blueherondrums.com/
LEARN MORE ABOUT DRUMMING HISTORY & TRADITIONS