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The SLAP

By September 17, 2013Blog

Ever wondered why it is so hard to get? Here’s a couple of quick tips for you aspiring Djembefolas. Drop the wrist lower than the edge of the drum surface – you need that extra angle to get the whipping action which is key to a singing slap. Loosen the tips of the fingers and splay them slightly, but don’t curl them up (keep them straight but relaxed). Move your arms from the shoulders and elbows. The action starts up the body, not just at the wrists. With practice, you’ll find your “best” connection point where your hand meets the drum. For most it is just below the fingers at the top of the hand. Take your time, practice slowly, work on your non dominant side extra hard and you’ll be slapping in no time!

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