Pattern Embellishment

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Pattern embellishment - explained
It's not easy to see what is hidden behind advanced embellishments. In this tutorial I will explain the "what" the "why" and the "how" from one isolated sound to a classic solo pattern you certainly have already heard.
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Focus On Patterns!

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I was first exposed to djembe music in 1973 when I heard Fode YOULA playing on Claude NOUGARO’s album "Locomotive d’or". A few years later I went to Africa and began to learn. Over years I have seen changes happening about the way this music is taught by Africans. Emergence of beat tapping is one of them.
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The Djembe Slap

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This is the sound everybody wants to get right on the djembe
A lot of advice and strategies are given here and there, during workshops, regular classes and… on the web. First class teachers teach what they do while some good-sounding musicians don't feel comfortable when it comes to breaking the process down in pieces. Unfortunately a lot of lucky guys teach unlucky students ways of getting the slap sound that pros don’t use. In these last case a novice can stay stuck for years with a poor-sounding still-painful slap.
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Djembe Practice in Singapore

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Leon HOU gave us some insights about djembe practice in China
In this video Kelvin KEW - Singapore TTM djembe director - describes his ten years of djembe experience in Singapore.
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Sport & Music

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Mike TYSON and adoptive father Cus D'AMATO
Some of us feel very uncomfortable with this association.
In my personal experience this common ground was first obvious in practice. I played the violin when I was a kid and working on the feeling of the down-bow was very similar to feel the weight of the ball on my feet when performing controls. Analogies about practice routines are generally well accepted. It becomes more delicate when it goes beyond this aspect.
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Leon HOU - Dunun Player from Shenzhen

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Before 2008 I played drums and ended up being part of a punk band. In March 2008 our singer took me to a park. Some people were playing djembe there. I liked it very much and, at the beginning, we just organized drum circles then later, we started to play traditional Mandingo music.
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