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Why you need an authentic Djembe drum to learn how to play

Transferred from an older blog: Original post date by Alpha (Administrator) on 7/08/15


I’m sure most Djembe beginner students asked themselves this question at some point. As an instructor for many years now, I can tell you that once you know you fell in love with Mandingue percussion and decided you will play for long, buying a professional instrument makes perfect sense.

All you need is an authentic Djembe. Not all Djembe looking drums presented to you as “African Djembe” are authentic Djembes.

Many look-alike drums end up being sold in most North American music stores and online stores that usually display huge inventory.

For further information about how to recognize an authentic Djembe, read our blog article entitled “Djembe buying guide”.

Unlike modern look-alike drums, you can learn how to play on any authentic Djembe.

The two things that all authentic Djembes have in common are:

- The ability to tune them up or down, in harmony with the Doundoun drums of the Mandingue orchestra.

- They also allow an experienced player to distinctively produce the different notes on the edge of the Djembe (Slap, tone, and more), even though as a beginner, you might not be able to hear the note differences yourself while trying to play them yet.