About Beginners Drum Classes
Those with no or limited experience in hand drumming
What to Expect
The emphasis at the Beginner Level is on:
- having fun
- learning basic technique on the djembe (bass, tone and slap)
- appreciating West African music
- developing groove, control & listening skills
- working together to become an ensemble
- introducing soloing as a group
- working on timing
- exploring basic musical concepts
How do I pay?
Please pay in cash at class
Do I need to bring a drum?
Only if you want to! 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
Do I have to stay at one location for the Cycle?
It is wise. Each location teaches a different rhythm so you’ll struggle if you switch it up
When can I move up to Intermediates?
Have a chat with your teacher to get a gauge on where you’re at. We’re always keen to see students progress to the next level! Students who have a musical background, are often ready after 1 or 2 cycles. Most students find the confidence to progress after 4 to 5 cycles.
I’m a kit drummer – can I skip the beginner’s class?
Your experience will hold you in good stead, but hand drumming is a different kettle of fish. You’ll need to take a least one beginners course to get yourself up to speed and comfortable with the djembe
About Intermediate Drum Classes
Those who have completed at least one Beginner Course or with some previous hand drumming experience
What to Expect
The emphasis at the Intermediate Level is on:
- developing clearly differentiated tones and slaps
- playing at faster tempos
- understanding the relationships between bell, dunun and djembe
- exploring different time signatures (like 4/4 and 6/8)
- preparing full arrangements for performance
- building on more difficult group solos and personal freestyling
- maintaining a solid tempo and holding accompaniment parts within poly rhythmic structures
Students at this level should seriously consider investing in their own djembe. More intensive practice is needed beyond class to hold your own at the Intermediate level, and is essential if you’re looking for an invitation to the Advanced Class. Check out our range of djembes here and talk to your teacher about a Student Discount Card
I’m ready for more, but not quite ready for the advanced class. What shall I do?
Join Sessi Sessi via the Performance Skills Class!
I want to join the advanced class – can I get an invite?
We’re always excited to advance a student up a level and stand out players players are often spotted at Tribalism. Be aware that the Advanced level is a real step up and requires practice. Talk to your teacher about the best way forward
Cycle #7 – Starts week of September 24th
Cycle #8 – Starts week of November 5th
Tribalism #2: Saturday December 15th