The djembe

Djembe Tuning - How the drum is put together

Construction of the djembe

A system of metal rings and rope is used to stretch the skin over the drum.

Two large rings are used to hold the drum skin in place over the top of the wooden shell. A third smaller ring is welded around the drum's waist.

One large ring and the smaller ring have rope loops wound on them.

A rope is threaded up and down between the top and bottom loops, all the way around the drum, creating what are called verticals.

When the verticals have been threaded all the way around the drum, the rope is tightened and tied off.

The Mali Weave

The rope is then weaved horizontally between the verticals, pulling the top ring down to further tighten the skin.

This horizontal weave is called the Mali Weave, also referred to as "pulling diamonds" because it creates diamond shapes in the verticals.

Tuning a djembe

Next: STEP 1: Test the skin