- Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:54 am
Hello. The best way to figure out the right dimensions, would be to try and play different sized drums. If that is possible. If you are playing only seating down, than the weight of the drum is not crucial, it is only important for carrying it around. The importance of type of the wood however when it comes to sound quality can be relative. In general my view is, harder woods tend to produce litlle more punchier, sharper and resonant sound as softer ones. What really is important when it comes to good sound in my humble opinion is good quality skin. I have put good skins on mediocre build quality djembes and achieve very nice sound with that, but never with putting poor sounding skin on a very good quality drum...
I am 5,7'' and find drums which are around 60- 62 cm (around 24'') height to be ideal, when playing seated. You can buy folding drummer chair with adjustable sitting height, if the drum is still litlle to high or to small for playing comfortable on average chair. What matters the most when playing seated is not so much the height of the djembe, but the height of the sitting position of player which can be adjustable. Height of the drum is not important when playing standing up. Diameter of the drum is matter of taste and preference of the drummer. For beginner I would recommend 12"- 13" drum. Bigger djembes (14" >) are litlle more demanding to play, but have more resonant and louder sound in general.