You can now book a seven workshop package of tuition on African Djembe at the Glasgow Drum Circle. Hone your djembe skills learning to play lots of exciting traditional rhythms in a group session.
Suitable for beginner to intermediate level.
7 workshops – £50
Venue: Wellington Church [ G12 8LE] Every Wednesday Time: 7pm-10pm Fist workshop starts January 17th 2018
wear comfortable clothing and bring juice and snack.
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We have been working hard learning a new groove “Djole” which is a very popular rhythm in Sierra Leone and was originally played for a masked dance at coming of age ceremonies.
Here is the GDC version of the rhythm called “Djole Rodger” we hope you enjoy it.
The West African Music Project is in full swing with new members learning both djembe and dun duns. We have four rhythm sets to learn and each with it’s own arrangement, where students get a chance to show what they have learned and play together as group.
It has been very exciting time learning about the origins of these rhythms and the people who first played them and the context that they were played in. In Africa, it appears that no rhythm is ever played for no reason as there is a long tradition of ritual and ceremony associated with each one such as a “coming of age” ceremony or harvest ritual.
We went though quite a few versions of arrangements and drum patterns before we were sure we had the “authentic” one. Thanks to all our friends and fellow teachers who helped with the research.
The video and booklet tuition aids are almost ready with only 3 live performances of our arrangements to film. Student have been working hard learning the notation system and working with the material, which has been specially adapted for beginners.
We will soon be able to offer this complete system for learning to all our new members, for them to use in their study and practice it home.
This will certainly help make more confident drummers and allow us to expand our teaching of new material in the future.
HO ROLLIO! We are very pleased to announce that The Glasgow Drum Circle have been been given lottery funding from “Awards For All” .
This award will be used to develop our West African Music Program of 2015, providing us with new instruments for our classes and enabling us to produce new tuition media for our members.
With our growing number of beginners, keen to learn, they will soon
be able to continue, not only at our Wednesday workshops, but have tuition support for study and practice at home.
You can follow their progress in their preparation to learn a set of arrangements for performance later on in the year in our news updates on this web site .