Name your price for the Rhythm Reference

I just wanted to let you know about and awesome, limited time offer that the Rhythm Reference doing.

You can now pay what ever you want for their amazing djembe learning lessons.

Don’t miss this amazing offer!

Happy drumming!


PS – if you think this is as great as I do, then please let your friends know by email or Facebook.

Happy new year

Happy new year to you all. I hope you enjoyed your holidays.

As some of you know we have been running a “Rhythm of the month” for a while, where we focus our collective efforts on a nominated rhythm for a month.

Soko was a great sharing of information and while the ROM has been on a break, we’ve been pulling some of the material together into a more easily digestable form for you to enjoy.

This includes a great collection of cultural information, drumming videos, notation, learning resources and more.

You can also see the first release of our notation player in action. This allows you to press play on drum notation and it will play it for you.

At this point it still have some limitations:

1) it will only play djembe rhythms, not dundun rhythms yet.

2) If will only work in Google chrome because other browers aren’t yet strong enough for the work load….

Have a look and see what you think, any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

I hope this year brings you all you can dream of and more! If you know other people who would appreciate this, then please do share it with them, and like it on facebook.

Build djembe drumming speed, stamina and improve your djembe technique

Super fast Thomas Guei - (C) Associazione DJEMBE -

There are many different core skills needed to play djembe well. All of these areas need attention and often the fastest way to improve your drumming is to focus on each of these core aspects individually.

On the forum, some people were discussing what they are working on, and I realised that a youtube video that claims to show a Thomas Guei solo phrase was getting some attention. I had come across it myself recently and I’ve even heard it mentioned here in Berlin, by a friend of mine who’s been playing it for a while.

I decided to give it a go as it has a few characteristics that are interesting and I have a few reasons for thinking that it could be good for my drumming.

Having figured out and written down what it actually is, I’m less convinced that this is an actual solo phrase. It’s timing is straight, and I don’t find it particlarly musical, but then Thomas does do some crazy stuff that you don’t really see other people doing. He must be one of the fastest djembe players in history. Here’s a little clip of him showing us what he can do.

It would be very interesting if someone could post a video clip of Thomas playing this phrase, or tell us that he taught it to them. I commented on the original video, and the person who posted it says that it’s a phrase that Thomas often plays, but that it wasn’t Thomas who taught it to him.

Regardless of it’s origins, I think it’s definitely useful for working on your technique, stamina and speed.

Once you’ve begun to create clear on consistent tones and slaps, one challenge that comes next is to be able to maintain the same clarity in pitch at speed. It is very common to see the quality of your notes deteriorate at speed, and focusing on improving this requires playing the same thing repeatedly.

If you were to play this phrase, starting slowly and then building up speed it would certainly begin to push your abilities.

The phrase is interesting in that the first part cycles every 5 16th notes and is a mixture of slaps tones and flams. It is also interesting that the last 4 notes are played <right hand><right hand><left hand><left hand>, which would certainly pull me out of my normal way of playing. It also makes me wonder about why the handing would be such, unless you were doing magic miming with your hands at the same time.

I have notated the phrase so that anyone who’s interested can learn it at their own pace. The big letters are for dominant hand (right hand for most) and the smaller letters are for non-dominant hand.

Let me know what you think? How do you work on improving your djembe technique? What about your stamina and speed?

Credits: Thanks to Associazione DJEMBE –, for the cool photo of  Thomas.

You have to be a better drummer by Monday!

Remember that feeling you had when you first started drumming. You can maintain it, or experience it again, if you keep working on your drumming. If you don’t keeep learning your drumming will probably stagnate and you’ll become demotivated and disinterested. Paddy has just released his best djembe, dunun lesson yet. Diansa is a popular djembe drumming rhythm from Mali & Guinea.

What if you could be happier and be a better drummer by Monday?

Well you can, I promise you!!!

You just need to spend a bit of bonding time with your favourite drum. Your drum will be happy and so will you!

Scientists have proven that new experiences and learning new things are essential to human happiness, and drumming sure makes me happy, so imagine how happy your Monday could be if you learnt some new drum language this weekend.

NOW IS THE BEST TIME FOR YOU TO BECOME A BETTER DRUMMER. If you don’t act now you may never do so and there’s a chance your drumming will never recover.




We have just released the latest rhythm in the Tasumakan series (Dansa aka Diansa), and this is Paddy’s best lesson yet!

Nobody is breaking down complex drum language on video the way Paddy is…FACT!

For only the next 2 days, we’re cutting our prices by 20% for all Tasumakan products, including the brand new Dansa.

Just use this coupon “ILIKEDRUMS”, during the checkout process and the marked price will be reduced by 20%.


We guarantee you’ll love this or you get your money back!

Have a great weekend!