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Learning to drum requires motivation and determination that goes beyond the rudiments and drum rolls most people expect. A rich history of drumming can be found in cultures around the world, as evidenced by the variety of drums that have evolved from Africa, Latin America and other regions. It is these drums and the rhythms of the world that bring us all together, closely uniting us through the experience of music and celebration. Learning about the rhythms, the purpose behind the beat and its origin can bring any drummer a better connection to the skins, while building up a rhythmic repertoire like no other.
The tumbao rhythm is a basic rhythm that is played on the congas. The tumbao rhythm is the bottom rhythm played by the lowest conga drum. The tumbao is a foundational rhythm in conga music, but it is frequently used today in Afro-Cuban music, as well as in both Salsa and Mamba music.
The calypso rhythm for bongos is the upbeat music most people think of when they think of Caribbean music. This groove originated in Trinidad and Tobago, and, in fact, the term, “calypso” comes from the West African word, “kaiso.” Calypso music is lively, fun and versatile, which is why the traditional calypso rhythms have stood the test of time and gained popularity worldwide.
The kawa rhythm is a rhythm that is played on the djembe. This rhythm originates from the Faranah region of Guinea. The kawa was traditionally played by the medicine man or healer and it was used in particular to protect young members of the group from evil spirits. It was also played during circumcision rituals for protection from these harmful spirits. Traditionally the djembe is accompanied by the bala, the ntama, and the file.
Leaning more about the cultural and musical history of popular rhythms can help to foster a deeper appreciation for drumming. By realizing that the musical traditions and styles of today come from a larger past, we can imagine ourselves as carrying on ancient traditions. Through drumming and learning new drum rhythms we help to keep the past alive through the spirit and energy of percussion music.
Usually when people think of percussion instruments they think of hand percussion instruments. What people often forget is that there are other ways to make music than just with your hands. In fact, there’s a whole variety of percussion instruments that can be played with the feet. These percussion instruments include foot drums, foot tambourines, foot cabasas, and ankle bells [...]
Every parent wants to help their child learn and grow to be the very best they can be. Recent studies show that music lessons, especially percussion lessons, can help children develop the skills they need to succeed. Learning to play the drums can help a child develop communication skills, improves behavior, and can even help them succeed in all [...]
“Busy” is the buzzword of today, between work and family and the pursuit of happiness, we are all trying to keep motivated and get it all done. Unfortunately, being busy all the time can lead to stressful living, and many people just can’t figure out how to break the cycle and still keep the motivation going in a positive, [...]
A cajon drum is the epitome of “fun in a box,” especially where hand drumming and percussion is concerned. These drums keep popping up in the acoustic performances of favorite bands, as well as in drum circles and other community settings. Cajon drums may best be known as percussion instruments for Flamenco music, which is why it is perhaps [...]
Encouraging a love of rhythm and music in a child may be the first image of what beginner drummers need to succeed, yet, age has nothing to do with exploring drumming and rhythm. Kids often represent the potential of the future, but, they are not the only beings able to learn a new hobby, especially drumming. Adults aren’t often considered beginner [...]
You finally took the plunge and hit up a drum circle with a friend… and you were hooked. You were part of the rhythm, the community of drummers, and you were even able to sample a few different drums and hand percussion instruments. You are so in love with the drum circle vibe, you know you have to go [...]
When you play your drum, be it djembe, congas or a kit, how tempting is it to slouch over? Resist the urge! Proper posture is the first step to playing with the professionals. After the news of Phil Collins' retirement from drumming as a consequence of back surgery to repair dislocated vertebrae injured due to poor [...]
This post is by guest blogger, Jim Greiner, an internationally renowned, award-winning percussionist, community drumming leader and educator. Group drumming is one of humanities oldest, and most universal, ways to energize and focus groups, build community bonds, enhance communication skills and to celebrate important events. During the two years I spent drumming in Africa, I was profoundly [...]
This week, Phil Collins, legendary drummer from both Genesis and his own solo career, announced that, as a consequence of surgery to fix damaged vertebrae that became dislocated during his tenure as a musician, he will never play the drums or piano again. Collins is incapable of holding drum sticks or curving his hands to [...]
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