Rhythm Power and Dexterity with Simon Fraser

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Specialty Classes - Rhythm power and dexterity

One Thursday every month the team at African drumming will be running specialty classes at the African Drumming Headquarters for those wanting to expand their djembe techniques and rhythm power.

This ADVANCED workshop will focus on more complex time signatures (12/8) and alternate hand rolls, flams and off beat solo phrasing. We will also take the tempo up on our exercises.The oputcome will be more freedom on your non dominant side and massaging out that rhythmic gristle!

Rhythm Power and dexterity are two very important aspects to your playing:Rhythm Power is your ability to feel (and/or hear) more than one rhythm at once. Drumming and singing or tapping your foot at the same time is a simple example of Rhythm Power.Dexterity is the freedom in your hands to express the nuances of a rhythm and the creativity of your mind. This requires training, discipline and ambidexterity, and applies to both djembe and dunun playing.This intensive will give you insight into how to unlock these secrets in your playing.

My theory on Djembe goes a little like this -Our hands are just conduits for our internal creativity. To execute our true personal groove and solo's we need technique .... and lots of it . We need dexterity and no blockages or weaknesses in our bodies , especially on our non dominant side.I have developed a range of exercises, grooves and rhythms to "free up" our physical constraints, give us more independence and get better sound and control out of our playing. 

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What you will learn
  • More complex time signatures
  • Ability to feel (and/or hear) more than one rhythm at once
  • Freedom in your hands to express the nuances of a rhythm and the creativity of your mind
What you will get
  • Knowledge of West African drumming and control of easy-to-follow rhythms
  • Access to our social media networks and resources
  • Concession rates available. Please present your card in class.

What to bring
  • We will have a drum ready for you at class – you don’t need to have your own. Ask your teacher about renting a drum so you can practice between classes
What to wear


Appropriate for

Intermediate to advanced

Refund & Cancellation Policy

African Drumming requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email African Drumming to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at African Drumming or organised by African Drumming must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by African Drumming.


I agree to give African Drumming unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at African Drumming classes and events or on African Drumming's premises. (For use of African Drumming marketing materials).


African Drumming requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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