Djembe 101 Lessons

How to Tune a Djembe, Rope Tuning Instructions

Learn how to tune your rope tuned djembe. Kenya Masala will show you step by step instructions on how to create diamonds with the extra rope on your drum in order to tighten the drum head. He also explains what a tuned djembe should sound like as well as advanced instructions on how to create a second row of diamonds for drums that need extra tightening. Lastly you will learn how to re-wrap the extra rope around your drum once you finish tuning.

How to Play the Djembe for Beginners

In this lesson you will learn how to play the djembe. Djembes have notes just like any other instrument and it is always great to start with those foundational elements as you learn to play.

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