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First Lessons Djembe by Paulo Mattioli inkl. CD/DVD

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Lærebok for djembe.

First Lessons Djembe provides a fun and easy way to learn to play the Djembe. It was conceived for the beginning Djembe player, yet contains information and reference material that is valuable for players at all levels.
Playing the Djembe is a lifelong journey of self-expression, as well as self-discovery. While the material presented herein may at first glance seem elementary, the value and importance of it in terms of moving forward on the drumming path with the Djembe is truly invaluable. The fundamentals of playing dynamics and tonality are the benchmarks of mastering musicality on the Djembe and worthy of a lifetime of continued practice and refinement. I encourage you to enjoy this journey every step of the way.


About the Author
Paulo Mattioli: Bio and Contacts

What makes First Lessons Djembe Unique?
What’s Included?
Audio CD
The Goals of First Lessons-Djembe

Chapter I: Getting Started
Using the Book and DVD
Practice Sessions
Suggested Lesson Plan
Proper Playing Positions
“The Secret”
Hand Positions: Bass, Tone Slap, Mute, Dead Slap, Flams

Chapter II: About The Djembe
Cultural Origins
The Djembe In Contemporary Music Making

Chapter III: Drum Tuning
Tensioning the Head
Online Guide to Tuning Your Drum (weblink)
Humidity Factor

Chapter IV: Key to Notation
Djembe and Dunun Music Notation Key
Phonetic Notation Key
Note Values Common or 4/4 Time
Use of Dotted Notes and Ties to Alter Note Values
Repeat Signs

Chapter V: Djembe Playing Exercises:
Bass, Tone, Slap: DVD Menu selection: Bass/Tone/Slap
Exercise 1: Single Bass/Tone/Slap
Exercise 2: Double Bass/Double Tone
Exercise 3: Quadruple Tone/Slap/Tone/Bass

Chapter VI: Traditional Rhythm: Djole
Historical and Cultural Information
Djole Rhythm Parts and Arrangement:
DVD Menu Selection: Rhythms > “Djole”
Djembe Part 1
Djembe Part 2
Dunun and Dunun Bell Rhythms
Sangban and Sangban Bell Rhythms
Kenkeni/Bell Rhythms

Chapter VII: Contemporary Djembe Rhythm Parts for the Song “One Rhythm” DVD Menu Selection: Rhythms > “One Rhythm”
Djembe Groove Pattern 1
Djembe Groove Pattern 2
Ensemble Play Along: Introduction and Main Groove Pattern Examples
“One Rhythm”: Lyrics

Continuing on the Drumming Path
Resources for Further Learning