Message: Hi my names Matthew and am interested in picking Alans brains about drumming and drum making in Guinea.
I live in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the north east of England, and have been djembe drumming for about ten years now.
I've reached a point where I want to take my drumming to another level ,and I believe to do this I will need to go to Africa.I've also repaired my own and many friends djembe's and am becoming keenly interested in carving my own from British wood.Again to do this I will have to go to Africa ,and as Guinea is widely known as the djembe centre of Africa here I am.
I am currently applying to a source of funding to travel overseas to learn best practice and new skills in my chosen field, with a view to share upon return.I am keen to talk with you about your experiences with drumming as a medium to aid therapeutic working, as I found drumming a real benefit in connecting with myself once more after a prolonged period of drug abuse.
Hopefully ,if your interested, we can find a chance to chat via skype .
Yours Matthew G
We have heard a bit about some people teaching the djembe in a 'drumcircle' kind of way. What does this mean? Well, I wasn't there but some students reported that a teacher was teaching his own techniques for djembe that weren't slaps and tones but rather just a drum hit that was a bit like a slap and a tone. Slaps and tones were thought of as somehow above the beginner drummer. What do you think of this approach for the newbie students of drumming in a drumming class? Did I explain that well enough?
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