West African Level 1
Play traditional West African rhythms on hand drums (djembés). These introductory lessons are fun and concentrated. Learn basic rhythms and playing techniques to produce the correct sounds. Participants attending classes in East Vancouver will learn to play dunun drums as well as djembé drums. (Dununs are African bass drums played with sticks.) This course lays the foundation for higher level courses. No previous experience is required. Drums are provided during class times or BYOD.
West African Level 2
This course is a continuation of level 1. It's where drummers can further develop and deepen their listening and coordination skills. New djembé & dunun rhythms are taught every session. Therefore, this level can be repeated several times. Completing level one or permission from the instructor is required before enrolling. Drums are provided during class times or BYOD.
West African Level 3
The rhythms that are taught in level 3 are more complex and taught at a faster pace than in level 2. Permission from the instructor is required before enrolling. Drums are provided during class times or BYOD.
The way the course levels work …
The level 1 course is completed once or occasionally two times. The level 2 course is repeated many times. Once a drummer plays at a reasonably high skill level they join the level 3 classes.
A participant's playing level is determined by the teacher.
All courses are taught by Russell