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The djembe

How To Play Djembe

The Tone

djembe tone

The tone is played on the edge of the drum with only the fingers. Keep your hand flat and fingers closed.

Keeping your wrists and elbows flexible, raise your hand around 6 inches and strike the edge of the drum with your fingers. Let your hand bounce back to its initial position. Repeat with the other hand.

The Notes

On the charts, a tone note is represented by a black circle, like this:

The Words

The tone is called either 'go' (pronounced like the beginning of 'Gordon') or 'do' (pronounced like the beginning of 'Door') depending on which hand it is played with. 'go' is played with the 1st hand, 'do' is played with the 2nd hand. See below.

T O N E

Symbol
Hand
Words go do
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