Archive for Hand Percussion

Play Cajon – Double Hand Technique

Ever wanted to play faster and with less effort? Kalani shows you how to use the “double-hand” technique (borrowed from Conga drumming) to play faster rolls, triplet figures, and use less effort when playing rhythms. The Double Hand technique incorporates a double bounce, which allows the player to produce more notes in a short amount […]

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The Giant School Drumming Circle

What does it take to get 150+ kids all playing together? How do you start? What techniques and strategies does one use to both control the group and, at the same time, set them free? Find out in this narrated mini-series about the giant school drumming circle by Kalani. This was shot during a residency […]

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A Great Song for Passing Games

This Spanish song makes a wonderful accompaniment for any passing game. Use egg shakers (as we do in the video) or anything you like. This was first introduced to me by Sofia Lopez-Ibor during a Level I Orff-Schulwerk course. Need the words? Find them by searching for “Endunda si gualaguasi pembe.” Enjoy! Need more like […]

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Melodic Percussion (No A or E)

In this example from the Summer DCM Course in Los Angeles, participants explored playing tuned percussion, Boomwhackers Tubes, Orff Instruments, Hand Percussion, and Drums in an improvisation. Kalani demonstrates how you can use Orff instruments to create various types of musical effects. This strategy and some of the techniques are listed and discussed in the […]

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NEW: Play Congas DVD

For Immediate Release: Kalani Music introduces a complete guide to playing the conga drums, for students and teachers. PLAY CONGAS is a DVD that takes the student from the very basics of getting to know the conga drums, through tuning and techniques, to playing six popular and traditional rhythms on two drums. This DVD is […]

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Djembe Jam – Part 2

Welcome to Djembe Jam, Part 2! The following videos show multi-part rhythm arrangements for two djembes and three dundun drums (kenkeni, sangban, and dundunba). Review them as many times as needed to learn the individual patterns. Put all the parts together to form your own West African drumming ensemble. See PART 1 of this course […]

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Djembe Jam – Part 1

Welcome to Djembe Jam – Part 1 This page features lessons 1-7 of 11 videos that are part of this course. You will learn about the djembe, how to get ready for playing, how to tune your drum, as well as how to play the three tones that are commonly played in this versatile instrument. […]

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Drum Circle Facilitation

Drum circles are accessible, entry-level learning opportunities for just about anyone who enjoys making music with others. The whole idea behind a drum circle is that it’s open to anyone who wishes to participate. Because the music in a drum circle is improvised, people have freedom to play as much or as little as they […]

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Keeping that Beat Steady

If you’re a teacher, therapist or facilitator who uses group drumming experiences with your participants, you’ve probably witnessed situations where the group starts off playing together, only to end up in a sort of “downhill” race to the finish line. The tendency to speed up is quite common with young children, but it also is something that happens with just about any group.

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Drums & Percussion Video Guide

The following videos demonstrate how a variety of drums and percussion instruments are held and played. They are organized according to the four main timbre (‘tam-ber’) groups; drums, wood sounds, shakers/scrapers, and bells/metal. Drums Wood Sounds Shakers and Scrapers Bells/Metal Sounds

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