How to play the Djembe?

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A djembe is a type of West African drum that is goblet shaped. It is traditionally carved from a single piece of wood with a skin stretched over the top. A djembe is normally 23-25 tall, but can be smaller. Child sized drums are often made so even the young can learn to play.[1]This article addresses the basics of playing this type of drum.


How to play the Djembe?

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A djembe is a type of West African drum that is goblet shaped. It is traditionally carved from a single piece of wood with a skin stretched over the top. A djembe is normally 23-25 tall, but can be smaller. Child sized drums are often made so even the young can learn to play.[1]This article addresses the basics of playing this type of drum.


Step One

Warm up your body and get grounded. You should do this before even touching your drum. Go for a short walk or run in place. Do yoga or tai chi to get grounded into your body before you play. Drumming is both a physical and mental exercise, so its important to be prepared.


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