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4/4 Backing Track
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A binary backing track you can use to practice your patterns.
BASS DJEMBE SOLO
DUNUMBA ARRANGEMENT
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I made this two decades ago... I didn't change it much since then. Use it as intro and outro.
DUNUMBA KENKENI
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How to play Dunumba kenkeni without acting as a penguin marking beats.
Dunumba Solo
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Playing in front of people who cannot even match up to the most modest djembe players but are mandated by the Institution (French Ministère de la Culture) to evaluate thirty years of expertise as a teacher and musician is an extremely unpleasant experience. But you know what? Anger inspired me some really cool patterns.
Dunumba Solo #1
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This is the first part of a solo I played at the end of my 2016 summer workshop.
Dunumba Solo #2 & 3
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Here are the second and third parts of a solo I played at the end of my 2016 summer workshop.
EASY KAKILAMBE
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Some grooves are easy to play because their individual parts just blend nicely already without the use of advanced skills. I arranged EASY KAKILAMBE for three djembes with this option in mind.
FADOUBA OULARE 4/4 SOLO
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"The best is even better than I thought ".
FULL BLUE
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I always I felt an obvious link between "All Blues" and west-african grooves.
IMPROVING YOUR INSPIRATION
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Some asked for it... I thought everybody knew how to download audio from Youtube.
Koungbanan CONDE - 4/4 SOLO
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This solo could fit equally on any kind of relaxed binary groove.
Liquid Playing
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In accompanying situations, basic djembe patterns are expected to be played with a steady groove. I call this "solid" playing. In other situations - intro, long rests from the soloist, solo situation - playing "liquid" is a better choice.
Mare SANOGO - MENDIANI SOLO
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Mare played this solo during the recording of my CD "Percussion Ensemble". Near three decades later it remains fresh and challenging!
MENDIANI - Backing Track
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Here is the minimalist Mendiani backing track I used on my DUNUN TUTORIAL blog post to demonstrate some of my bell techniques.
more about my bell technique
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In this tutorial I explain the different kind of rebounds I use with my technique. Pretty simple, but it needs practice and time.
pattern embellishment
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"Old school" embellishment techniques.
playing on beats
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In some situations masters and beginners play the same patterns.
Playing Together
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Playing without thirty minutes warm-up and discussion requires an appropriate attitude.
Weedie BRAIMAH - SHOWCASE
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A brilliant coordination showcase.