Archive for Techniques

Leading Group Improvisation Experiences

Getting Started This article is an excerpt from the Book, The Way of Music. “What should we play?” “How do we begin?” By now, I hope that the answers to these questions will seem fairly obvious to you. If not, I suggest that you begin by simply making a sound – any sound! Remember: Improvisation […]

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The Art of Facilitation

You’ve probably heard the term “drum circle facilitation” and, if you’ve seen someone facilitate a drum circle, maybe you think of them as standing in the center of the circle giving out various commands, such as to lower the volume, start playing, and stop playing. While there are times when conducting a group of musicians […]

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Do You Dundun?

Dundun drums provide the heartbeat of some West African drumming, but even though many people have played the “duns,” many people are not familiar with their origins, uses, or even how to spell and pronounce ‘dundun.’ What are dundun? (also dunun) Dundun are bass drums that originate in the music ensembles of the Malinke and […]

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Live Online Lessons

You’re probably familiar with video conferencing services such as SKYPE, OOVOO, and Apple’s FaceTime. Did you know that these services are a great way to connect with teachers and coaches around the world? Students and teachers have been connecting with each other, both in one-on-one and group sessions to share, learn, and grow. Is video […]

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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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How to Tune your Ukulele

Tuning your ukulele is easy when you know how. This post shows you how to tune you ukulele using a tuner and using relative tuning (without a tuner). If you’re not familiar with the parts of your ukulele, watch this video that identifies the various parts of the ukulele by name before attempting to tune […]

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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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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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The Ukulele Course – Part 2

Welcome to the Ukulele Course – A DCM Exclusive. Below you will find lessons 5-7 out of 7. Watch each one, then spend some time practicing before moving on. These are meant to be taken over several days or even weeks. Take your time! Develop your skills and enjoy learning at your own pace. Before […]

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