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Online djembe video lessons! We love drumming and know you do too. X8 Drums presents these highly informative Djembe Video lessons and Djembe Rhythm exercises for your viewing pleasure. Browse by category:

Use the djembe rhythm video and audio tracks to practice your hand drumming skills before your next performance. Many of the djembe music samples are free, courtesy of X8 Drums. (Be sure to check back frequently as we continue to add cool new videos!!)

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How to Play the Djembe

How to Play the Djembe
Learn about drum and hand positioning, staying relaxed & the 3 fundamental djembe notes.
Your First Djembe Rhythm

Your First Djembe Rhythm
In this digital djembe video lesson, Michael Pluznick will teach you how to play a rhythm called Calypso.
Djembe Solo Technique #2
Djembe Solo Technique #2
Learn Michael Pluznick's djembe solo based on traditional phrases and can be used in any 4/4 rhythm.
How to Hit the Djembe

Your First Djembe Rhythm
Learn how to play the 3 basic sounds of the djembe; open tone, slap and bass.
 
 
Kakilambe Rhythm on Djembe
Kakilambe Rhythm
Learn how to take the traditional Kakilambe Rhythm arrangement and play it on one djembe drum.
Kuku Rhythm on Djembe

Kuku Rhythm
Learn how to take the traditional West African dance rhythm, Kuku, on djembe.
Konowulen #1 Rhythm on Dununba
Konowulen Rhythm on Dununba
Learn how to play the traditional Konowulen #1 Rhythm on Dununba & Djembe.
How to Play Congas, Part 1

How to Play Congas, Part 1
Learn how to play congas including how to make the four basic sounds; tone, bass, touch and slap.
Kawa Rhythm on Djembe and Dundun
How to Play Kawa West African Rhythm on Djembe and Dundun
Learn how to play the Kawa West African Rhythm on Djembe and Dundun.
6/8 Bell Pattern

6/8 Bell Pattern
Learn how to play both the long and short 6/8 bell patterns.
6/8 Passport Parts

6/8 Passport
Learn how to play basic djembe parts known as passport parts in 6/8 time from Guinea and Mali.
Cajon Drumming 102

Advanced Cajon Technique
Learn 4 different performance possibilities using the hand-to-hand playing technique.
How to Play Shekere

How to Play Shekere
Learn how to hold and play the Shekere percussion instrument.
Sunu Rhythm on Djembe and Dundun
How to Sunu
Learn how to play the Sunu West African Rhythm on Djembe and Dundun.
Heel-Toe Technique

Heel-Toe Technique
Learn the heel-toe technique (drum rolls and flutters) on djembe and cajon.
Solos for Hip Hop, Rock & Funk
Solos for Hip Hop, Rock, Funk
Apply traditional djembe phrases and combinations to Hip Hop, Rock and Funk music.
Shekere Advanced Techniques

Advanced Shekere
Learn advanced shekere techniques, solo parts, accents and how to toss.
Play your Djembe with Brooms!

Brooms on Djembe
Playing with brooms offers a unique new way to play your djembe outside of just playing with your hands.
Framework for Djembe Solos

Framework for Djembe Solos
How to use traditional djembe phrases and techniques to set up your solos.
Secret to the Slap


Learn Djembe Slap
Learn how to master the slap note on djembe.
Fanga Rhythm

Fanga Rhythm
Learn how to play the Fanga rhythm on djembe.
Cajon Drumming 101

How to Play the Cajon
Learn proper seating position and how to play the basic beats on a cajon.
Tumbao Rhythm on Conga

How to Play Tumbao Rhythm on Conga
Learn a popular style of playing Tumbao on one conga drum. Plus, heel-tip playing technique.
Bongo 101

How to Play Bongos for Beginners
Learn the basic notes for playing bongo and how to play the Martillo rhythm.
Rumba Guaguanco Rhythm

Rumba Guaguanco Rhythm
Learn how to play old school Rumba Guaguanco Rhythm on two congas.
Double Sided Tumbao Rhythm

Double Sided Tumbao Rhythm
Learn to play Tumbao (aka 'mambo') on congas at a very quick tempo.
Makru Djembe African Rhythm

Makru Djembe African Rhythm
Learn the Makru African rhythm on djembe from the Susu people of Guinea West Africa.
Bongo 102


Bongo 102
Learn over a dozen new rhythm patterns to play on bongos.
Yankadi Rhythm on Djembe

Rumba Guaguanco Rhythm
Learn how to play Yankadi Rhythm on Djembe with Solo options.
Funky Latin Conga Rhythm

Funky Latin Crossover Two-Conga Rhythm
Use this rhythm in popular Latin, Rock and Funk situations.
Pitch Bending & Muting


Pitch Bending & Muting on Cajon
Learn to do the funky pitch bending sound effect on your cajon!
The Secret Hand Technique

The Secret Hand Technique
Learn La Mano Secreta - or the secret hand technique for congas.
Using Hand Percussion with Cajon

Using Hand Percussion with Cajon
Learn several ways to combine shakers with your cajon performance.
Macrou Rhythm on Dundun

Macrou Rhythm on Dundun
Learn the Macrou rhythm parts for dundun. Instruction by Kalani.
Diansa Rhythm for Cajon


Diansa Rhythm for Cajon
How to play Diansa Rhythm parts on one cajon with two people.
Cajon Foot Percussion Techniques

Cajon Foot Percussion Techniques
Learn how to add some foot percussion to your cajon performance!
How to Play Cajon for Beginners

How to Play Cajon for Beginners
How to play the basic notes on the cajon.
Calypso Rhythm on Two Congas

Calypso Rhythm on Two Congas
How to play the Calypso rhythm on two conga drums.
   

 
 
Free Djembe Lessons & Rhythms
Djembe Passport Parts 1 and 2
Djembe Passport Parts Lesson
Learn how to play the basic accompaniment parts for 4/4 rhythm arrangements.
How to Make a Djembe Strap
How to Make a Djembe Strap
Learn how to make a waist strap for your drums out of household items.
Play DunDun Parts on Djembe
How to Play DunDun Parts on the Djembe
In this video we are going to show you how to play a dundun part within the djembe context.
Djembe Tone, Slap, Bass & Touch
Djembe Tone, Slap, Bass  Touch
Tone Tone, Slap Slap, Bass Bass, Touch Touch sequencing for improving your djembe technique.
 
How to Solo on Djembe

How to Solo on Djembe
Learn to play a solo for the rhythm Diansa.
Proper Seating Position for Playing Djembe
Proper Seating Position for Playing Djembe
Learn proper seating position and form for playing the djembe.
Djembe Lesson: Six Stroke Roll
Djembe Lesson: Six Stroke Roll
Learn the basics of how to do a six stroke roll on djembe which is very useful in soloing.
Advanced Solo Techniques for Djembe
Djembe Lesson: Six Stroke Roll
Learn an interesting and fun djembe performance technique called crossing over the rhythm.
Djembe Tips with Michael Pluznick
Djembe Tips with Michael Pluznick
Learning to play your djembe is like learning to play any other instrument. It takes a little time and energy and what you put into it will come back to you.
Sokou African Rhythm on Djembe
Sokou African Rhythm on Djembe
NYC percussionist Brotha Sean performs Sokou rhythm on djembe. (Also known as Soko, Suku, Sökö, etc).
KuKu African Rhythm on Djembe
KuKu African Rhythm on Djembe
Awesome djembe demonstration of KuKu African Rhythm an X8 Drums Pro Stallion Djembe.
 
Djembe Rhythms, Play Along
Learn Djembe Rhythms, Play Along
Play along and find your own rhythm to add to this session or mimic one of the patterns in the circle.
How to play Sunu African Rhythm on Djembe
How to play Sunu African Rhythm on Djembe
Learn how to play the traditional African djembe rhythm called Sunu.
Naningo African Rhythm on Ashiko
Naningo African Rhythm on Ashiko
Demonstration of Naningo African Rhythm on Ashiko.
Drum Call African Rhythm on Djembe
Drum Call African Rhythm on Djembe
Demonstration of Drum Call African Rhythm on an X8 Ivory Elite Pro Djembe.
Sorsornet Rhythm on Djembe
Sorsornet Rhythm on Djembe
NYC percussionist Eddie Jones performs Sorsornet rhythm on djembe.
How to play Sinte African Rhythm on Djembe
How to play Sinte African Rhythm on Djembe
Sinte is a rhythm that is used traditionally with young ladies for celebration, sometimes for initiation purposes.
 
How to play Mendiani African Rhythm on Djembe
How to play Mendiani African Rhythm on Djembe
Learn how to play the traditional African rhythm Mediani on Djembe.
   

 
 
Caring for your Djembe
How to Tune a Djembe

How to Tune a Djembe
Step by step video guide for tuning a traditional rope djembe.
How To Start A Drum Circle

How To Start A Drum Circle
Quick and useful tips for starting a drum circle in your community.
How to Play the Djembe

How to Play Djembe Lesson
Understand the fundamentals of playing the djembe when you're first beginning.
Djembe Rhythms, Play Along
Learn Djembe Rhythms, Play Along
Play along and find your own rhythm to add to this session or mimic one of the patterns in the circle.
Djembe Head Replacement

Djembe Head Replacement Instructions
Step-by-step guide in replacing djembe drumheads.
Djembe Tuning Instructions, I
Djembe Tuning Lesson, Part 1
Watch this detailed video to learn how to tune your djembe. Part 1 explains the process and how to know when your drum needs to be tuned.
Djembe Tuning Instructions, II
Djembe Tuning Lesson, Part 2
Watch this detailed video to learn how to tune a rope djembe. Understand djembe diamonds and how to find the right tone.
 

 
 

 

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