Thank you to the people who've asked how I'm getting on with the djembe.
The beginners group came to an end due to lack of interest, but I have joined the main group of experienced drummers and I seem to be keep up reasonably well.
After 6 months I'm still going to the weekly lessons when I can, I'm getting better (purer) sounds now from my djembe drum, and am building up a bit of speed. I'm told I don't sound like a beginner now
although with a bit of carpel tunnel trouble to my wrists I admit I'm not practising as much as I should.
As well as our djembe maestro Njega giving us tuition we now have a Gambian DunDun player in the group which adds to the overall sound nicely. I have done a couple of local performances with the group which was fun, and we have a couple more performances coming up.
I'm also being invited to join in with 'other' music groups locally
>>I went busking for charity with a group in Leicestershire,
>>I was one of several drummers doing backing tracks for an African dancer's DVD locally
>>I've been playing a bit of basic (very basic) darbuka and balafon and djembe in Yorkshire with some Turkish and Moroccan drummers.
I'm still only playing fairly basic stuff but it's a lot more than I ever imagined I'd be doing when I started djembe playing late last year.
All the best