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African Drumming – Percussion Buddies – 15 Pack

£127.00 exc VAT

Age 5+

  • Instruments 15
  • Players 15
  • Buddies 15
  • Stock: 16
  • Add 15 players to your drumming group at super low cost
  • Add an extra tonal dimension to the group’s sound
  • Full teaching support included
  • Can be taught by any teacher - no music experience needed

This ‘African Drumming – Percussion Buddies – 15 Pack’ can be used with any main instrument but is particularly suitable for use in African Drumming playing with Djembes as the main instrument and it will let you add another 15 players to your African Drumming class at very low cost.

The Percussion Buddies concept is very simple: at the outset the class is divided up into pairs of ‘Buddies’. The pairs take it in turn to play the main instrument of the lesson, whilst the one not playing the main instrument is the ‘Percussion Buddy’ and plays one of the percussion instruments in an accompanying role. The buddies exchange instruments several times during a lesson so that in each lesson both pupils have time playing both the main instrument and the percussion instrument, but the point is that everyone is actively engaged throughout – there’s no ‘waiting for my turn’. The ‘Buddy Pairs’ can be the same for each lesson or pupils can change buddies from lesson to lesson at the discretion of the teacher.

The same principle can be applied to classes of any size and with any number of main instruments. If you have more than one main instrument for every two pupils you’ll need fewer buddy pairs but if main instruments are in really short supply, you might even need some buddy trios or quartets, with two or three ‘Percussion Buddies’ per main instrument.

  • This is a product image of the African Drumming - Percussion Buddies - 15 Pack. The products included in the pack are laid out and include the following; Back Row - Andy Gleadhill's Percussion Buddies Book, Storage Basket. Middle row - Three Agogo - natural, six Caxixi Basket Shakers. Front row - Six Seseh - Coconut Shakers.
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  • This is a product image of a Caxixi Basket Shaker. It is a woven wicker basket that is competely enclosed with a handle at the top. It has been painted around the circumference in pink, yellow and green.

Product Information

The approach

The Drums for Schools collaborative learning approach is modelled on traditional approaches to teaching and learning world music styles, adapted to the realities of the western classroom by expert Andy Gleadhill.

In traditional cultures learning is based on following the leader and by repeated “doing”. There is generally no written notation but the music tends to be easy to remember and basic instrumental techniques are simple, and so there are no major barriers to learning. Learning takes place in groups, usually of mixed ability. The playing also has an important social function – for accompanying ceremonies or events – and it’s very much a cooperative effort.

Translated to the classroom this results in a teaching and learning approach which is:

Collaborative – the class or group is engaged in an activity in which everyone – teacher and pupils – work together and help one another to achieve a common goal: the performance of a piece of music.

Inclusive – the musical styles are “foreign” and there’s no notation – so they present a level playing field where less academically able pupils are not disadvantaged. And there are easy and more difficult parts in every piece and so players of every ability can be involved and stay engaged throughout – no-one gets left out.

Accessible – the instruments are all easy to play and most pupils will be able to make a good sound after just one lesson, and the whole class will be making an impressive sound together after just a couple of lessons. It’s possible to include all sorts of “disabilities” and we’re always ready to advise on particular cases – contact us.

And the net result of accessibility, inclusivity and collaboration is something quite spectacular – extraordinarily fast progress. Nothing succeeds like success and after just a few lessons most classes will develop a genuine “esprit de corps” and you really will be seeing and hearing performance-level playing within a terms worth of lessons.

But the benefits are not just musical – the collaborative approach and the intensive listening and cooperation involved also develop pupils (and teachers!) life skills and so you’ll see a wide range of improved social and personal skills and a general improvement in “team spirit” and togetherness.

What's included

The pack includes:

    • Agogo – natural x 3
    • Andy Gleadhill’s Percussion Buddies Book x 1
    • Caxixi Basket Shaker x 6
    • Seseh – Coconut Shaker x 6
    • Storage Carry Bag for Percussion – Small x 1

The book shows you how to introduce percussion into any piece, not just African Drumming tunes, and no prior musical experience is assumed. Access to online audio and video support is included.

Please note that for reasons of stock availability we may need to make the occasional substitution of the more minor pack components. If so, we’ll always ensure suitability/equivalence and we’ll always clear any significant changes with you in advance.

How it's made

The hand percussion instruments in our african Drumming Buddies packs are made from natural materials by artisans working together in small groups.

Agogo Natural

This is a natural version of the classic metal agogo bells and it uses two differently sized coconut seed husks as the resonators. The husks have an opening cut in one end, to allow them to be glued to the wooden handle. We use a mix of very strong epoxy glue and sawdust for a strong and air-tight joint and then sand the outside down so that it’s safe and comfortable to play. The natural materials produce a much mellower sound than the metal version and it makes it possible to play for much longer without getting stressed!

Seseh and Beaded Shakers

The resonator is a coconut shell that has had a small hole cut in one end to receive the end of the wooden handle, which is glued into place with strong epoxy glue. The beads on these shakers are mounted externally on a string or metal netting and the sound is produced by the beads knocking or scraping against the coconut shell. The seseh shaker beads are made from seeds from the seseh palm; those on the beaded shaker are bevelled glass.

Caxixi Basket Shaker

The body of the caxixi shaker is woven from natural rattan and is filled with glass beads. A piece of hard coconut shell is woven into the base of the shaker and this enables the instrument to produce two different tones: a soft shushing sound when the beads are shaken against the rattan walls and a louder and brighter sound, when the basket is turned and the beads shake against the coconut base.

Care & maintenance

Hand percussion instruments tend to need very little maintenance, and if you treat them with reasonable care they’ll last for years.

Beaded Shaker and Seseh Shaker

Both these shakers are made from coconut shells, which are strong but brittle and they may crack if dropped on or knocked against a hard surface. So just be careful and it’s a good idea to wrap them in bubblewrap or a soft wrapping when storing them with other instruments.

If the handles get dirty or sticky, just wipe down with a damp cloth. Using a little detergent, disinfectant or surface cleaner won’t do any harm! If the netting carrying the seseh seeds works loose, you can use a short length of string to pull it tighter around the coconut shell.

Agogo Natural and Agogo Bells

Nothing much to go wrong here – as with the shakers, just wipe down with a damp cloth from time to time. Using a little detergent, disinfectant or surface cleaner won’t do any harm. It’s worth checking the metal bells occasionally, to make sure no sharp edges develop inside or out.

Caxixi Basket Shaker

If the rattan basket dries out it may become brittle and break, so it’s a good idea to wipe it down with a lightly oiled cloth once in a while. Light vegetable oil is fine, or pretty well any kind of polish. The other thing to check from time to time is that gaps don’t appear in the weave – and if they do, just ease them closed by squeezing the horizontal rows of rattan together with your fingertips.

Guarantee

We use the best quality materials and traditional manufacturing methods to make our African Drumming instruments and accessories and they’re designed for serious, long term use in the classroom. Looked after properly the instruments will give many years of satisfaction, even if used several times a day and the materials and workmanship are guaranteed as follows:

Djembe and other drum shells – 10 years. But keep at a stable temperature and humidity and don’t let the shells get damp or wet. Don’t leave in direct sunlight or near a heat source as this can cause the wood to dry out and crack. Although they’re naturally tough, handle with respect and don’t drop them or throw them about as rough treatment can also cause cracks to appear.

Drum skins -2 years. But keep hard or sharp points (including rings and other jewellery) away from drum skins at all times. Keep skins dry and don’t leave in direct sunlight or near a heat source as this can cause the skin to dry out and split. If you need to tighten the drum skins, be sure not to over do it as over-tightening can also cause skins to split.

Hand percussion instruments – 2 years. But treat with care and don’t drop them or handle roughly as natural materials are not as strong as plastics and may crack or break, particularly if dropped on a hard surface.

Storage/carry bags and accessories – 2 years. But keep bags away from sharp points and don’t over-fill them or force the zips.

If you should get any problems with any of our African Drumming instruments or accessories, please take photos of the issues and email them to us with the order/invoice number and a brief description of how the problem arose and we’ll get back to you right away.

Delivery

We work with a small number of specialist logistic companies to deliver your order quickly and economically. The delivery method varies, depending on your location and the size of the order, as follows:

UK Locations

Orders weighing less than 1kg and not too bulky – Post Office First Class. This would include books and smaller percussion instruments.

Orders weighing more than 1kg or lighter but bulky orders – Courier, next working day delivery. Most orders are sent this way and should arrive next working day after dispatch.

Very bulky orders – Pallet service, 3 working day delivery. For very big orders and those with more fragile contents. Timing is from dispatch date.

Please note that delivery to offshore or Highland addresses may take longer and may cost more than to UK mainland addresses and we’ll quote and agree the costs with you in advance.

International Locations

Orders weighing less than 1kg and not too bulky – Post Office Airmail. This would include books and smaller percussion instruments.

Orders weighing more than about 1kg and very bulky orders – international courier or pallet service. We’ll obtain competitive quotes and agree these with you in advance.

Please note that it’s fine to go ahead and place your international order and that there’s no commitment on your part until the delivery costs have been quoted and accepted by you.

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