African Drumming – Instructional Pack


Learn West African rhythms, broken down into their separate parts in simple tab format for you to follow step-by-step.

A lifetime resource for any drummer, teacher and performer!

Learn West African rhythms, broken down into their separate parts in simple tab format for you to learn step-by-step.

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Rhythm Bible (25 rhythms)
Crank it Up (Double CD)
Get on Down (Single CD)

Whether your student of the djembe wanting to enhance your understanding or an educator looking for an informative and road-ready resource this guide will help you appreciate the music on a much deeper level.

  • Tabs of all rhythms on Crank it Up and Get on Down CDs, in their complete arrangements.
  • An additional bonus 9 rhythms not yet available on CD
  • Easy to read format designed for those who don’t read sheet music.
  • Rhythms in 4/4 and 12/8 signatures
  • Independence exercises
  • Cultural information
  • Song lyrics and rhythm arrangement tips

About the rhythms
This collection brings together rhythms from francophone djembe cultures of the Malinke peoples, as well as some Ghanaian pieces and contemporary arrangements. We’ve included accompanying information to help put the rhythm in context, with songs, cultural background, practical arrangement tips and more.

Beginner, intermediate, advanced ratings & levels
Each rhythm has two simple classifications to give you an idea of the skill the arrangement requires.

Rating      Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced.
Level        Level of difficulty: from 1 (easiest) to 3 (challenging).

About the notation
You don’t need to be able to read music to use this booklet. The notation system is really simple: for example, “B” for bass, “T” for tone, and “S” for slap within a clear grid template. The notation key on page 6 explains it all.


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