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African Drumming - Primary - 15 Djembe Drum Pack

This 15 player Djembe pack is perfect for lunchtime, after school groups or for class groups of KS1 and KS2 pupils.

The Pack includes 15 top quality djembe drums. There are three sizes of djembe, all with appropriately sized playing heads, and the three sizes will enable your group to differentiate the low, medium and high parts of many African Drumming pieces. Also included is an acclaimed teaching guide by world music expert Andy Gleadhill: African Drumming Book 1. The African Drumming book will take you from basics through to your first performance in just 10 lessons and there's plenty of repertoire for a year or more of playing.

The djembes have been specially designed for use in the classroom: the drum heads are extra strong, the shells are smooth inside and out and the rubber edging protects both the drums and the floor surface.

The drums are fantastic! High quality and a great price! I have used them nearly every day with all year groups and some pupils are in the music room every break and lunch to play on them! The djembes have been particulary useful in teaching African music to whole classes.Teacher, St Ambrose Barlow School


How it's Played

Included are:

8 x 40cm (8" diameter) standard djembes

5 x 50cm (9"diameter standard djembes

3 x 60cm (10.5" diameter standard djembes

Andy Gleadhill's African Drumming Book 1

The book will tell you everything you need to know to set up the group, get started and develop to performance standard through staged lesson plans. Online access is included to recordings of all the exercises included in the book. No musical training or knowledge of musical notation is required - just some enthusiasm!

If you ever need to use the drums in SEN settings or wish to set them up so that they don't need to be held between the knees traditional style, have a look at our djembe stands (under "drum accessories"). They're very good value and they take all the weight of the drum and allow you to angle it for comfort. There's one size for 40cm and 50cm djembes, one for 60cm djembes and one for 65cm.

Special storage/carry bags are also available and will help to prolong the instruments' lives as well as making it safe and easy to move them around for outside events.
What it Goes Well With

To increase the number of players add a Percussion Buddies pack. Or if budget allows, try adding a dundun and dundun bells for a really authentic African sound.

How it's Made

All our drums and drum accessories are made in Bali. The drums are made from a single piece of mahogany, which is first of all shaped and hollowed using a lathe. From that point on the entire process is carried out by hand - fine-tuning the internal shape for best tonal quality, skinning and stringing, fine-tuning, quality control and packing for the journey a third of the way around the world.


How to Look After It
No real maintenance is required but don't let the drum skins get damp (or they'll go very flat-sounding) and don't keep the drums close to radiators or heat sources as these can cause the wood to dry out and crack. Keep the drum hats on the djembes when they're not in use and this will guard against most accidents.
If you find the pitch of any of the drums is lower than you'd like (and this can happen over time or in humid or cold conditions), then there are two quick ways of adjusting the pitch:
1. Try warming the skin gently, either with the hands or with a convection heater (or hair dryer) set on "low". Be careful not to over do it. Warming the skin causes it to contract and this increases its tension and therefore its pitch.
2. Use several of the small wooden wedges that are included in the pack, inserting them between the wood of the drum and the strings as far down the body of the drum as you can. The further you push them in, the more you'll increase the tension of the strings, and the more tension there is in the strings, the higher the pitch of the skin. Or if you prefer to tune like the master drummers, see the link: http://www.hawkdancing.com/Wooddrum/tuningadjembe.html.
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