Fundamental Djembe Instructional Play-Along CD
instructional recording provides 24 Play-Along tracks and 3 performance tracks
CT - "My drum students asked me to create a recording they could practice with at home, and the project developed into these 24 tracks. Just grab your drum, and play along with the CD.
The recording demonstrates four fundamental djembe rhythms, and plays each of them at different speeds, so you can practice at the tempo that's best for you. Each rhythm is verbalized first, to clarify the patterns of tones and slaps, and then you can practice each rhythm independently, at two or three different speeds. Tracks 22 - 25 combine the independent patterns into (simplified versions of) the traditional rhythms Kuku and Dununba, and for the last two tracks I added solos to Kuku and Dununba.
The Fundamental Djembe CD is a complete progression: learn the rhythms one at a time, practice at the speed that is most accessible for you, learn to hear the rhythms fit together into a polyrhythmic song, and hear examples of the rhythms with solos added to them.
I strongly suggest getting the actual CD, and not just the download, because the packaging is really valuable. The CD packaging has all the rhythms spelled out in easy-to-read notation, and includes a color insert with illustrations of hand techniques for playing the three fundamental sounds of the djembe.
Fundamental Djembe teaches you to play the four djembe rhythms every player needs to know. Clean, accurate, no clutter - the way my students asked me to record it."
Cameron Tummel is widely acclaimed as one of the world's most charismatic drum teachers and rhythm circle facilitators. Tummel facilitates rhythm events for more than 30,000 participants annually, and has facilitated more than a quarter million participants in his rhythm events nationwide and abroad.
Tummel started hand drumming in 1990 with teachers Babatunde Olatunji and Arthur Hull, and from 1990 - 2010 he studied drumming with dozens of drum teachers from Senegal, Guinea, Nigeria, the Congo, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, and the United States. Tummel graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in '92, BA in History, emphasis in world religions. Cameron's djembe skills were honed during his nine year apprenticeship with master djembe player Abdoulaye Diakite. He accompanied Abdoulaye on three drum sabbaticals to Senegal, West Africa, to study the rhythms and culture of the Bamana ethnic group. Cameron co-directed and performed in the Baobab West African Drum Ensemble in Santa Barbara, and now studies and performs with master Malik Sow from Senegal and Solo Soro from Ivory Coast. To date, his studies have included twenty years of academic and musical focus on the rhythms and cultures of West Africa. Tummel has performed with Babatunde Olatunji, Abdoulaye Diakite, Malik Sow, Jose "Pepe" Danza, Mickey Hart, and Small Village. Cameron is a published author, and builds many of his own drums. He has recorded with many artists, including Arthur Hull, Chet Santia and Eric Conn, and has self-produced three solo albums. (So far...)
More info: www.CameronTummel.com