West African Drumming

Ref: C2523641

We will play traditional drumming rhythms on a range of instruments. This class is aimed a complete beginners and we will learn fundamental skills and techniques to build confidence and to play music in a group with other people.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to West African drumming

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Make the bass tone and slap sounds on a djembe
  • Play simple accompaniments on a djembe
  • Play bass drum and bell parts for a traditional rhythm piece
  • Recognise and play the 'call' phrase on the djembe
  • Know and understand the cultural background of the rhythm we are playing

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • you might like to watch the short film Foli on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVPLIuBy9CY

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • After this course you might continue with this group or progress one of my other classes or attend rehearsal sessions with my Drummed Up performance group

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West African Drumming


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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