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Visit The Practice of Practice: How Musicians Learn by jharnum on Thu Jul 07, 2011 8:06 pm
Tried to get this to clone my actual blog, but no luck. If you'd like, check out my blog/podcast about music practice wherein I discuss and talk to master musicians about music practice:

http://intentionalpractice.wordpress.com

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introduction by mickeroo on Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:38 pm
Hi there from Canada,

I love playing my djembe even if I don't really know what I'm doing. It's a great stress release and fun to play with others. I have used my drum in the classroom with secondary school students and they love it too!

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a month into it.. by boumalicious on Tue May 10, 2011 12:21 am
The trick seems to be to ask the universe :) the calls are starting to come, and I'm holding fast to taking risks and saying no to what doesn't stir me..anyone with advice or suggestions, please feel free! That skin that I was putting back in is fitting pretty well so far..

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Aha! so THAT'S who I am, I'd forgotten! by boumalicious on Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:02 pm
This is totally self-indulgent, but also a nice space to log what I'm doing drum-wise, and keep me on track if I drift... Right now, I'm smiling - five years ago, I stopped full-time self-employment teaching West African drums, to work in a school and hold down the mortgage while my partner stepped out into his own bliss. Made redundant a month ago, finishing end of June - and feel like I'm putting back my own skin :) So this is the Easter break, and I'm going through all the notation, recordings and notes I have on my computer, reminding myself of stuff I've not looked at for far too long, and remembering who I really am.

Have booked myself in for a weekend in May with Seckou Keita, to play dunun for friends' workshops at Drum Camp, and am figuring out how I can get back into enough work to get me to Mali within the next 18 months - went to Sangbarala with Famoudou Konate a couple of years ago, but...

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Djembe Troubles by bill on Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:34 pm
Greetings to All from St. Lucia, West Indies.
As a newbie to the world of djembe, I am seeking some advice. A few months ago I purchased a drum from http://www.goldcoastdrums.com in London. The drum is fine (although not the specific drum ordered) with good tone and resounding bass. Last week I took delivery of a second djembe which was kindly and carefully delivered by a friend traveling from England. This one is a complete disaster. The wood appears to have dry rot and crumbles away at the touch of a finger. There are a couple small cracks, just superficial. Wherever the chisel made grooves in the wood, it is crumbling away. On top of that, the skin was loose, pressing a finger on it showed a fairly deep indent. The bass was a dull thud.
So I used all the rope available a did diamonds but the skin did not tighten. I undid it all and tightened the verticals and ended up with about three feet of extra rope...

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