Hand Drum Lessons & Notation for Djembes, Dununs & Bells

How to Tighten a Djembe Head with the Mali Weave

How to Tighten a Djembe Head
with the Mali Weave

The following diagrams show how to weave the cord to tighten your djembe head. Make sure with each knot to pull it down as close to the bottom of the drum as possible.

Mali weave diagram

How to tighten a djembe with the Mali weave

Thanks go to drum maker Michael Villardi for these drawings.

YouTube instruction video:
How to tighten the horizontal knots using the Mali Weave:


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