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3/16 practice at the Shed by gr3vans on Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:26 am
Michael, Nick, and Jessica

Jessica (girlfriend) has shown some interest in playing a bit. I want to get her into the dunun, so I brought her over to the shed to teach her some basics before Michael and Nick were going to be coming. She is a fast learner and very capable.

Once everyone was there we mostly worked on Soli.
Jess stuck to the Kenkeni and once I had worked out some Sangban variations that were plaguing me I moved over to the djembe and Nick worked on the same variations. On Djembe I worked on some solo phrases that I learned eons ago from Fred Simpson. I also ironed out some issues moving from the echauffment into the break with all duns playing echauf.

All in all it was a good night.

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Mini-Guinea San Diego, May 2010, day 6 by michi on Wed May 05, 2010 10:26 pm
Day 6 (Monday) of the camp.

Mamady has split the class into advanced and intermediate groups. There are eleven people (some not so advanced) in the advanced group.

The intermediates started on a rhythm called Deniya, composed by Mamady. Deniya means "youth" or "childhood". Mamady spoke quite a bit about his childhood, how he was taken away at age 12 to join the (not yet formed) Ballet Djoliba, and how he missed his family and village. Reading between the lines, there was a lot of pain and sadness in him in those days, and Mamady himself said that there is a large part of childhood that he missed out on. The rhythm is a 6/8 where the djembe accompaniments start on the last (3rd) micro-pulse before the 1 and the 3. Some of the intermediates where struggling mightily with feeling that right, endlessly pushing the first note onto the pulse...

The advanced group did the solo for Soliwulen. It's the same solo as on Mamady's volume 4 DVD. Soliwulen is a mask dance that is...

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Djembe Reheading Progress by MarcoAurelio on Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:42 pm
I am starting this blog to keep posting the process and progress of my djembe reheading after Michi book.
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Rusty Eklund Workshops April 26-27, 2014 by JudyMc on Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:52 am
As the co-organizer of the workshops in Des Moines, Iowa it was good to have an early idea of what the format and general content of the classes would be and to see that we provided that general experience to the folks who attended. Rusty responded to the circumstances and skills of individuals in the class and made appropriate refinements in the exact list of rhythms taught. As we attended Rusty's classes, the depth and layers of knowledge he brought to the instruction became really evident. Beyond the basics of hand-patterns, movements, rhythm families and "parts" of a specific rhythm there is a density of content and knowledge of cultural expression in the music to which his first-hand experiences in Mali brings richness. So, it was dense-packed information for those able to glean it and an enjoyable stretching of skill and knowedge for all of us. We intend to have a follow-up session toward the end of his tour and look forward to it.
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Where have all the notation web pages gone? by ladydjembe on Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:57 pm
When I started out playing Djembe, I remember scouring the web and finding many wonderful sites full of great notation. Where have most of them dissapearing to. Where are all the notation libraries gone are they only up for profit now?
Wap pages still there...great
Where did Djansa.be go??. This was the most informative site ever.
Did djembefola.com also have lists once upon a time?.
Or did I imagine all these wonderful pages on the web in a dream.

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