The djembe

How To Play Djembe

Bass and Tone Exercises

Exercise 1

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GU GU go go

Exercise 2

Now with the other hand.

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DU DU do do

Exercise 3

Now use alternating hands.

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

Exercise 4

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

Exercise 5

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

Exercise 6

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

Exercise 7

This one's tricky! Note the same notes, but change of hands. Make sure to count properly.

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

Exercise 8

A very common sequence in djembe playing. Get used to this pattern.

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

Exercise 9

This is a cute little pattern once you get the speed up. Start slow and remember to count!

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