How To Play Djembe
Bass Note Exercises
Count slowly and evenly from 1 to 4 and play a bass note with the 1st hand on count 1 only. Rest for counts 2, 3 and 4 (don't play anything) and then go back to the beginning, making sure to keep even time between counts 4 and 1 (It's as if you're going on to 5).
Play a bass note with the 1st hand on count 1, rest on count 2, the bass note with the 2nd hand on count 3 and then rest on count 4.
Now alternate between 1st and 2nd hand on each count. Same thing, just quicker!
Play 2 bass notes with one hand and 2 with the other.
Play 3 with the 1st hand and 1 with the 2nd hand.
Same as above, but with opposite hands.
Play one bass with the 1st hand, rest for one, then three basses on successive beats with alternating hands, starting with the 1st hand.