Drum Rhythms - The Textbook
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African Drum Rhythms for Djembes,
Drums and Bells (Lennart Hallstrom, 2000),
consists of 160 illustrated, wire bound A4
size pages, with more than 300 exercises.
It is intended for beginners as well as more
advanced drummers and can be used for
self-tuition, study groups or drum classes.
The rhythms in the book are illustrated with
simple drum notation, specially created for
African drum rhythms. All of the exercises
are also included on the 3 Examples CDs.
Drum Rhythms - an outline of the book´s contents and
2. The Drums - a presentation of the djembe, the bass drums
and the iron bell.
3. Polyrhythm - about character parts, accompaniment parts,
signals and solos.
4. Playing Posture - how to sit or stand when playing the
5. Basic Strokes - how to play the basic sounds of the djembe
and bass drums.
6. Drumming Basics - rhythm, tempo, volume, accent, meter,
7. Notation - the notation system used in the book is thoroughly
8. Handing - six different ways of shifting hands when playing
9. Learning How to Play - ways of
learning, stages of progress, tips & advice.
1. Meter and Tone
- an outline of the contents and arrangement of this section.
2. Pulse and Tempo - sorting out the differences between
these two topics.
3. "Lead-in" - about rhythms that do not begin at the "one"
of the stroke patten.
4. "Four-count Rhythms" - bass parts, bell parts, djembe
parts and signals.
5. "Shuffle Rhythms" - different ways of playing and notating
6. "Six-count Rhythms" - bass parts, bell parts, djembe parts
7. Djembe Exercises - djembe exercises for developing basic
handing, tempo, flams and rolls - from simple basics to advanced
1. West African Background - a briefing
on the history and social development
of West Africa, with table data about countries that have a living
2. Ngoma - drums, dance and song; an indivisible concept
in African culture and
a fundamental tradition that has long been used instead of a written
3. Drum Care - about drum manufacturing, reheading, how to
tighten the drum,
appropriate storage of the drum and what to consider before buying
The drummer´s hands and how to wear a shoulder strap when playing
4. References - recommended literature and music, practice
CDs, PC drum
notation, rhythm index, copyright information, glossary and acknowledgements.