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Beginner's Guide to Playing the Djembe Drum: Techniques and Tips

Beginner's Guide to Playing the Djembe Drum: Techniques and Tips

What is a Djembe Drum? The djembe drum is a West African drum shaped like a goblet and traditionally carved from a single piece of hardwood. It is played with the hands, and its body is covered with a thin layer of goat skin. The drum produces a wide range of tones, from deep bass to piercing high notes. Traditionally used in rituals, ceremonies, and social gatherings, the djembe is known for its versatile and expressive sound. The  djembe drum is also popular in modern music, used in v …
3rd Mar 2024
Considering a Handpan for Your Next Musical Purchase?

Considering a Handpan for Your Next Musical Purchase?

What is a handpan? A handpan is a musical instrument that resembles a UFO and produces captivating, melodic sounds. It is a type of steel drum, but instead of having a traditional circular shape, it is shaped like a flying saucer with a central note and a series of tone fields around it. The instrument is played by striking the different tone fields with the hands or fingers, creating a mesmerizing and soothing resonance. Handpans are often used for yoga, meditation, and therapeutic purposes d …
24th Feb 2024
Exploring the World Through Djembe Patterns: A Percussion Journey

Exploring the World Through Djembe Patterns: A Percussion Journey

Introduction to Djembe Patterns The djembe is a West African drum with a goblet shape and a skin head. Djembe patterns are rhythmic sequences produced by striking different parts of the drumhead. Each pattern carries a unique cultural significance, and mastering them is essential for understanding the African percussion tradition. Some essential patterns to explore are the bass, tone, and slap. The bass produces a deep, resonant sound, while the tone creates a mid-range pitch, and the slap gen …
18th Feb 2024
Integrating Cajon into Your Band: A Guide for Musicians

Integrating Cajon into Your Band: A Guide for Musicians

What is a Cajon? The cajon is a type of drum that originated from Peru. It is a box-shaped instrument that is played by striking its front or back surface with the hands, fingers, or various percussion tools. The sound produced is similar to a snare or bass drum, and it can be used as a standalone instrument or as part of a band's rhythm section. Cajon percussion is becoming increasingly popular in various music genres due to its portability, versatility, and unique sound. Benefits of integr …
11th Feb 2024
New Instruments this week at X8 Drums - Dec 4

New Instruments this week at X8 Drums - Dec 4

Before we roll out the new releases this week, we want to congratulate the winner of our free djembe contest: Lenora A. from Tacoma, WA! Enter for your chance to win  here. Weekly Flash SaleCrate Cajon Gift Set - Just $99.99Deal Ends at 11:59pm Eastern on 12/10/23. Cannot be combined with other offers. New Releases Here are a few of our favorite new additions to X8Drums.com this week! Latin Percussion LP3724 Sleigh Bells with Base $59 …
5th Dec 2023
New Instruments this week at X8 Drums - Nov. 27

New Instruments this week at X8 Drums - Nov. 27

Before we roll out the new releases this week, we want to congratulate the winner of our free djembe contest: Jeffrey C. from New York! Enter for your chance to win  here. New Releases Here are a few of our favorite new additions to X8Drums.com this week! Tycoon Percussion Pro Series Egypt Antique Doumbek $319.99 Tycoon Percussion Pro Series Doumbek TPO-D31 $269.99 Tycoon Tr …
27th Nov 2023
New Instruments this week at X8 Drums - Nov. 20

New Instruments this week at X8 Drums - Nov. 20

Before we roll out the new releases this week, we want to congratulate the winner of our free djembe contest: CAROL A. from the beautiful coast of North Carolina! Enter for your chance to win  here. New Releases Here are a few of our favorite new additions to X8Drums.com this week! Tycoon Supremo Sunburst Series Cajon $159.99 Tycoon Percussion Fishbone Shaker $59.99 Tycoon Per …
20th Nov 2023
X8 Drums Holiday Gift Guide

X8 Drums Holiday Gift Guide

Here's our top 10 list of gifts for the drummer on your list this holiday season. Each one has been hand picked by our staff and is in stock and ready to ship from our shop in Sanford, NC. The  X8 Drums Holiday Jam Pack is a drum circle in-a-box for 6 players. This is the best bang for your buck!   For a limited time only, get a free Rainstick, Kalimba and Shakers when you purchase this Ramadan Djembe & Percussion Pack!   Stocking stuffer gifts for the pe …
5th Nov 2023
New Instruments this week at X8 Drums - Oct. 1

New Instruments this week at X8 Drums - Oct. 1

Before we roll out the new releases this week, we want to congratulate the winner of our free djembe contest: WILLIAM S. from El Paso, TX! Enter for your chance to win  here. New Releases Here are a few of our favorite new additions to X8Drums.com this week! X8 Drums Beginner Djembe Package $159.00 Tycoon Percussion TAJ-10 BMA Roped-tuned Djembe, Brown Marble 10" $199.99 Tyc …
2nd Oct 2023
New X8 Genesis Handpan

New X8 Genesis Handpan

We're thrilled to introduce the new X8 Drums Genesis Handpan, an accessible version of this etherial instrument for entry level players. This model is manufactured by X8 Drums and is available exclusively through Guitar Center stores and their supporting digital platforms like MusiciansFriend.com. Check out the sounds from customers below. Available Exclusively through Guitar Center and Musician's Friend The X8 Drums Genesis Series Stainless Steel Handpan pos …
24th Sep 2023