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The djembe

How To Play Djembe

Tone Note Exercises

Exercise 1

Count slowly and evenly from 1 to 4 and play a tone with one 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).

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
go do

Exercise 2

Play a tone with one hand on count 1, rest on count 2, a tone with the other hand on count 3 and then rest on count 4.

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

Exercise 3

Now alternate between each hand on each count.

1 2 3 4
go do go do

Exercise 4

Play 2 tones with one hand and 2 with the other.

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

Exercise 5

Play 3 tones with one hand and 1 with the other.

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

Exercise 6

Same as above, but with opposite hands.

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

Exercise 7

Play one tone with one hand, rest for one, then three tones on successive beats with alternating hands, starting with the red hand.

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

Exercise 8

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

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