Hand Drum Lessons & Notation for Djembes, Dununs & Bells

Online drum lessons: How to play djembe rhythms

One of the great things about djembes (and dununs) is that you can have fun with the music even as a beginner. The traditional polyrhythms of West Africa layer simple beats and accompaniment parts with complex timing, solo phrases and improvisation. So whatever your level of skill and experience, there is a place for you in the groove.

for beginners…

Basic djembe & dunun beats

Written notation

Video lessons

How to tune your djembe

Friday Night Jam (my journey)


all levels…

Collected drum rhythms & lessons

Hand drum classes & lessons

Study in Guinea, West Africa

Tips for djembe soloing

African Drumming Blog

djembe, sangban, dununba