dununs (dunduns)
African djembe hand drum

Djembe Rhythms from West Africa 

Hand Drum Lessons & Notation
for Djembes, Dununs & Bells

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African Drumming Classes and Lessons

free online djembe lessons Free online course: Djembe Lessons for Beginners

This new online course offers 45 minutes of free instruction to get you started playing the djembe. There is a also a tutorial option to ask questions or get feedback by video exchange.

Contact: email

Learn to play djembe (dununs optional) and understand basic hand drum rhythms from West Africa where these drums originated. You will find these skills and rhythms useful in general drum circles, or if you play other kinds of music, as well as for your own practice and enjoyment.

All skill levels are welcome in the drumming classes and lessons.

Instruction will cover:

  • hand technique
  • basic djembe parts
  • dundun technique
  • basic dundun parts
  • simple rhythm notation to help remember parts
  • listening, timing and playing in a group

drum class...and as you are ready...

  • traditional djembe solo variations
  • traditional dundun variations
  • rolls and other improvisation techniques

With my classes you have access to a Western perspective of African music which I can offer through over two decades of study and practice in a variety of musical and dance contexts.

I will provide written notation at no charge.  In addition students can purchase my Roots Jam rhythm books at a substantial discount. 

Private lessons are available at $30 per hour. I can supply a drum if you need one.


About the instructor:

Nowick Gray has studied djembe and dunun rhythms in West Africa and elsewhere with master teachers who are at the top of the field, including Famoudou Konate and Mamady Keita. He has arranged the music and played dununs and lead djembe for West African dance classes and performed both with dance troupes and Afro-fusion percussion bands. He has also taught regular drum classes in Victoria, BC and Maui, Hawaii as well as workshops in such diverse locations as Tasmania and Thailand.

Nowick Gray online discography


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