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Mixed Pack of 5 x Budget Djembe Drums - 12/15/20/25/30cm high, p


Five mini djembes, each with a wooden drumstick. The djembes range in height from 12cm to 30cm and have diameters from 2 inches up to 6 inches.


How it's Played

One way is to hold it under your arm and hit it using the flat of your hand. Another way (the way most people play it) is to sit on a chair and put the djembe at an angle away from you between your knees/legs and play it with both hands.

Very young children will also want to stand the djembe on the floor and hit it with their hands. This makes a more dampened sound. Think of the hole in the bottom of the djembe as its mouth - that's where most of the sound comes out.

Bearing this in mind, this djembe is large enough for a small child to lay it on the floor and sit on it like on a horse and then hit the skin with hands or beaters.

You can also use a small beater or two as long as you don't hit it too hard. It's also ideal for using fingers to tap out rhythms.

It can be played with the wooden drumstick supplied free with each drum. Coffee stirrers from coffee shops also work well, as will any lightweight stick. When using your fingers it's best to flick them quickly, so that they just touch the skin for an instant before bouncing off again.


What else to say? This makes a great little present even for big drummers!

How it's Made

The same steps are used to make a mini djembe like this as for a full-size professional one. First of all take a piece of wood - a bit of waste mahogany left over from furniture production in this case. Second, carve the outside djembe shape, hollow out the inside using a lathe and then shape the edge of the top by hand. Third, weld 3 strong metal rings around the waist and top of the djembe, ready for taking the stringing. Fourth, cut a piece of tanned goatskin to fit the drum head and position it so that the top metal ring goes over it. Fifth using traditional stringing techniques between the three metal rings, increase the tension of the goatskin unitl itt produces a satisfying note. Sixth decorate the djembe with safe water-based paints and colourful aboriginal designs. Finally carefully finish all the edges to make sure there are no splinters or sharp edges.


How to Look After It

Nothing much to do to look after these mini djembes but be sure not to let the skin get damp as it will lose its tension and when the tension goes, so does the sound. If you do have an accident you can always try using a hair dryer to warm up and tighten the skin – or put it in the sun for twenty minutes and it will soon dry out.

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