Djembe Tutorial | Playing On Beats

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In some situations masters and beginners play the same patterns.
The most obvious is when playing basic rhythms. There are differences in sound, phrasing and general vision of the music but the patterns are identical. It happens in a solo context too. You have certainly experienced the situation when a soloist plays patterns that a beginner could play but the way they do it sounds so cool! Good players know how to do that with taste but beginners and some advanced players sometimes don’t and feel ashamed to do it. Yet it’s one of the skills every player should consider developing. There is no shortcut to skip years of practice but some tips can help to focus efforts in the right direction.
How to play on beats (effectively)
What will make those single notes sound good instead of boring? In the following examples I use common techniques used by any experienced players:
‣ Sharing sound ENJOYMENT with different slaps tones
‣ Giving DIRECTION by adding basses or introductory notes
‣ Maintain INTEREST with rests

Concepts are interchangeable
Enjoyement Direction Interest
flexible
Enjoyement Direction Interest
flexible
Enjoyement Direction Interest
flexible

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