bubudi wrote:san diego will certainly have the pro level workshops. none of his oz workshops last year came even close to that level.
Glad to hear it!
I went to Mamady's advanced workshop in Melbourne last year and, the following day, to his master class. The advanced workshop wasn't particularly advanced. Not that this was Mamady's fault. I was watching carefully what he was doing... He spent about five minutes assessing the skill level of the people who where there and then pitched the class exactly
right: the minimum number of people left behind, and the minimum number of people being bored.
The master class the following day was a bit more challenging. Zaouli No. 6, which took two sessions to teach. That one was a lot more fun but, technically, not that hard.
What struck me totally at both workshops though was the absolutely outstanding didactic skills he has. I mean, he isn't just one of the world's best djembe players, he's also one of the world's best djembe teachers. No-one else I've studied with has come even close to Mamady's clarity and precision in teaching. I was very impressed by that. He has a way of teaching that makes it seem easy to play things that people would have thought impossibly difficult a few minutes earlier...
Can't wait until the workshop in San Diego
And I'm sure there'll be a lot of very advanced players there. All the things I'll get to learn. Yum...