Specialty Classes - Rhythm power and dexterity

One Thursday every month the team at African drumming will be running specialty classes at the African Drumming Headquarters for those wanting to expand their djembe techniques and rhythm power.

This ADVANCED workshop will focus on more complex time signatures (12/8) and alternate hand rolls, flams and off beat solo phrasing. We will also take the tempo up on our exercises.The oputcome will be more freedom on your non dominant side and massaging out that rhythmic gristle!

Rhythm Power and dexterity are two very important aspects to your playing:Rhythm Power is your ability to feel (and/or hear) more than one rhythm at once. Drumming and singing or tapping your foot at the same time is a simple example of Rhythm Power.Dexterity is the freedom in your hands to express the nuances of a rhythm and the creativity of your mind. This requires training, discipline and ambidexterity, and applies to both djembe and dunun playing.This intensive will give you insight into how to unlock these secrets in your playing.

My theory on Djembe goes a little like this -Our hands are just conduits for our internal creativity. To execute our true personal groove and solo's we need technique .... and lots of it . We need dexterity and no blockages or weaknesses in our bodies , especially on our non dominant side.I have developed a range of exercises, grooves and rhythms to "free up" our physical constraints, give us more independence and get better sound and control out of our playing. 

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Class Schedule

A one-off Class here at African Drumming in St Kilda.

What you will learn
  • More complex time signatures
  • Ability to feel (and/or hear) more than one rhythm at once
  • Freedom in your hands to express the nuances of a rhythm and the creativity of your mind
What you will get
  • Knowledge of West African drumming and control of easy-to-follow rhythms
  • Access to our social media networks and resources
  • Concession rates available. Please present your card in class.

What to bring
  • We will have a drum ready for you at class – you don’t need to have your own. Ask your teacher about renting a drum so you can practice between classes
What to wear


Appropriate for

Intermediate to advanced


African Drumming

Vendor since 2015

Established in 1997, African Drumming has become Australia’s trusted name in West African music.

We are dedicated to sharing the music and culture of West Africa in all that we do: through classes, workshops, study tours and performances which connect a wide audience with this powerful music. Not to mention our instruments! We are one of the largest African music stores in Australia and we love our drums.

In 2011 we relocated from a little store in Grey Street to a larger purposed Head Quarters @ 252 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda. Our HQ houses both the brains and brawn of the operation, with our showroom, studios, offices, warehouse and the all important drum making workshop here under one jamming roof. We love it in St Kilda!

We have a nation-wide network of drummers and dancers under our banner and operate across Australia. Our team includes performers and drum makers from around West Africa such as Mali, Senegal, Ghana and of course homegrown talent too.

We’re always looking to the future and constantly working on the next big project, event and product.

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