The djembe

How to restring a djembe


Vertical rope on a large djembe: approx 16 metres, 4mm or 5mm width nylon pre-stretched or low stretch cord

Restringing the Verticals

1. Thread the rope between the fist two loops as shown.

2. Take the left hand piece and make a bowline noose as follows.

3. Take the right hand piece and thread through a loop in the bottom ring and up through the next one.

4. Thread back up through the top ring again - up through the same loop as you came and down the next.

5. Continue this way and thread the entire drum without putting any tension on the skin. When you get back to the beginning of the verticals, thread the end of the rope through the bowline noose you made in step 2 above.

6. Thread the loose end of the rope through the bowline noose you made in step 2 above.

7. Starting at noose-end of the rope, work your way around the drum to take up the slack in the verticals. Pull lightly on each vertical the first time around, making sure you don't pull the rings out of alignment. When you get back to the beginning, tie off on the noose and start again.

Go around again, pulling slightly harder this time to take up more slack. Do this about 3 or 4 times until the rope is quite tight.

8. Finally, tie the rope off on the noose.

You're now done with threading the verticals!

Continue to djembe tuning.