How To Use Practice CDs at All Levels

The African Drum Rhythms Practice CDs are just as useful for the beginner as for
the advanced drummer. They are your easily accessible companions at any level:
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Level 1

Djembe
Practice
Before you know any of the parts

Play along with one djembe part at a time - begin with the slow tempo tracks
(1, 2, 3 and 6) and move on to the normal tempo tracks (7, 8, 9 and 10).

Then, play along with one of the djembe parts where two or more parts are being played together (tracks 11, 12, 13, 14, 16 and 17).

When this works well, try switching between the djembe parts that are being played together. Make the switch after each signal, or after every two signals.
You can also practice playing the signal whenever you feel like it.
Bass/Bell
Practice


Begin by playing along with the bass part and the bell part at slow tempo
(tracks 4 and 5) and move on to normal tempo (track 15).

Then, play the bass and bell part along with the tracks that also contain djembe parts at normal tempo (16 and 17).
   
Level 2

Djembe
Practice
When you are already familiar with the parts

Play any djembe part that is not being played on the tracks containing one or two parts. Begin with the slow tracks (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6) and move on to normal tempo (tracks 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16).

As above, you can try switching between parts and also play signals in between.
Bass/Bell
Practice
Play the bass and bell part with some of the tracks that contain only djembe parts (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14). If the tempo is too fast, you can first try it with the slow tracks (1, 2 and 3).
   
Level 3

Djembe
Practice
When you play dance accompaniment or lead djembe

Play along with any of the djembe parts on track 19 and try switching between the djembe parts as well as playing the signal before switching. You can also do this with any of the djembe parts that are not being played on track 18.

Finally, you can use the ensemble tracks (17 and 19) as accompaniment for your solo improvisation practice.
Bass/Bell
Practice
Play the bass and bell part along with either one of the fast tracks (18 and 19).
You can use track 14 as accompaniment for bass part variations or a bass solo.



The track number references in the instructions above applies to the first rhythm on each CD (tracks 1-19).

In the Table of Contents to the right,
you can see that the tracks of the
second rhythm on the Practice CD
(21-39) run parallell to the first one.

In order to apply the above
instructions to the second rhythm,

just look for the parallell track number
in the Table of Contents - or add 20
to the original track number!

Track

Part

Tempo

Time

 1 / 21
 2 / 22
 3 / 23
 4 / 24
 5 / 25
 6 / 26
 7 / 27
 8 / 28
 9 / 29
10 / 30
11 / 31
12 / 32
13 / 33
14 / 34
15 / 35
16 / 36
17 / 37
18 / 38
19 / 39

Djembe 1
Djembe 2
Djembe 3
Bass
Bell
Signal
Signal
Djembe 1
Djembe 2
Djembe 3
Djembe 1+2
Djembe 1+3
Djembe 2+3
Djembe 1+2+3
Bass/Bell
Djembe 1+Bass/Bell
Ensemble
Djembe 1+Bass/Bell
Ensemble

Slow
Slow
Slow
Slow
Slow
Slow
Normal
Normal
Normal
Normal
Normal
Normal
Normal
Normal
Normal
Normal
Normal
Fast
Fast

1:00
1:00
1:00
1:00
1:00
1:00
1:00
2:00
2:00
2:00
2:00
2:00
2:00
2:00
2:00
2:00
5:00
2:00
3:00

Keep the notation on the inside of the CD folder handy for visual memory support
and use the auto repeat function of your CD player to prolong any individual track!
 
      

 

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