Rhythm Sheets

The All Part Rhythm sheets, show dunun, bell and djembe parts to the songs.  The graphic format makes it very easy to see the relationships between the parts.  I suggest to my djembe playing students to create solo parts based on the bell or dunun parts.  Play. Play. Play!  Study with a master drummer if you wish to become well versed in these beautiful rhythms. But remember to play.
……  Music is joy.


Rhythm sheets

We finally figured it out! A way to quickly teach djembe rhythms to everyone (left and right handers) regardless of ability, age, or native language. The book includes right and left handed versions of each rhythm and  audio samples on the accompanying CD.
Drummin’ Buddies Hand Charts.

Rhythm Page Resources:
“My Life With the Djembe” by Mamady Keita
Cultural Context for Djembe Rhythms
West African Drum Rhythms
The Book of West African Rhythms” by Age Delbanco
Distributed by Drumskulls Drums
[there are many sources on the net.  If you want an authoritative voice, ask someone from the culture directly.  Everything else is liable to be interpretation.  Play anyway…  Life is Jazz.]

4 Responses to Rhythm Sheets

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  3. Shadow says:

    I tried to follow your sample charts, but they do not show you which hand to use (left or right). Did I miss something? Thanks

  4. failladrum says:

    Hey Shadow, Look at which direction the thumbs are pointing. The handing used in the books are Guinea style, in which every space – every count – get’s it’s own hand. You begin with your dominant hand. Sometimes, there will be right or left hand spaces; that’s when you’ll see a right hand note (for instance) followed by a (left hand) space. Yoruba handing is different. It leads with the left hand, the next note is played with the right, back and forth. In my world, I have playmates with only one hand. So it doesn’t matter, as long as the song sounds good and your timing is good. Listen to your teacher, if you’re studying. Have a BLAST playing!!!

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