Got a djembe and no idea how to play it?
Take our free beginners how to play djembe course of 11 short and EASY lessons to get you started. It's completely free and you'll learn the basics of how to play djembe in about an hour.
Starting with a brief discussion of rhythm, we look at posture, the notes on the drum, hand exercises and end with a few simple rhythms.
Then, if you know the basics and are looking to expend your range, have a look at Playing Techniques for some cool new sounds and rhythms.
The Basics in 6 Lessons
This lesson gives some valuable information about how the drum works, how to hold it and getting ready to play.
This lesson goes over djembe notation, the way rhythms are represented in graphs and how to read them.
Here we start with the first sound on the drum - the bass. Where to hit, how to play it and exercises for playing the bass.
The second sound on the drum, the tone note. Where to place your hands, how to strike the drum and exercises for tones.
This lesson goes over the hardest note to play - the slap. It takes some work, so keep coming back to this lesson.
Putting all the notes together. 10 exercises and short rhythms using the bass, tone and slap.
Rhythms & Songs