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The djembe

How To Play Djembe

Bass, Tone and Slap Exercises

Now we're putting the 3 notes, bass, tone and slap together.

Exercise 1

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
GU go pa go

Exercise 2

Now with the other hand.

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
DU do ta do

Exercise 3

Now use alternating hands.

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
GU DU go do pa ta

Exercise 4

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
go do pa ta

Exercise 5

Another common sequence in traditional djembe rhythms

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
GU do go pa

Exercise 6

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
GU DU GU DU pa ta

Exercise 7

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
go do go pa ta

Exercise 8

Another very common sequence. Get used to this pattern.

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
pa ta pa go do

Exercise 9

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
GU do pa do

Exercise 10

Now you're getting with it! This one's tricky, spend a bit of time getting used to it.

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
GU ta go do pa ta

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