Hand Drumming Excursions ethnic and cultural rhythm technique book.

Hand Drumming Excursions

by Kenne Thomas
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FOURTH EDITION, Revised and Expanded
Binding:Spiral bound for easy stand layout
Pages:102 with hand position photographs
Size:8 1/2" X 11" / 21.6 cm X 27.9 cm
Price:$21.95 + Shipping

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Jembe rhythms and hand technique

Hand Drumming Excursions is for the advanced hand drummer. It uses the oral rhythm methodology, concepted by Babatunde Olatunji. This book continues and expands development of facility, technique and rhythmic awareness learned in the book, Hand Drumming Independence. Within these pages are dexterity exercises based on rhythmic concepts present in the music of peoples around the planet. This book will enrich a drummer's vocabulary of hand drumming styles and categorized indigenous rhythms she or he may encounter. Photo illustrations are given to show hand positions. Reference notes and material is added for musical and cultural understanding. Also included is a collection of bass drum patterns and bell patterns to accompany and support hand drummers. Foreword written by renown educator, Dr. David P. Eyler.

Excerpt from the Foreword:

Kenne Thomas is well suited to write about hand drumming because he has spent a large part of his adult life in pursuit of maintaining and furthering the traditions of the world's music, especially drumming by seeking out and studying with some of the masters of hand drumming all around the world.
Dr. David P. Eyler
Associate Professor of Percussion
Concordia College, Moorhead Minnesota

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  • Rhythm exercises using the "Gun-go-Pa" method as in the oral tradition for a hand drum.
  • Alternating hand dexterity exercises using culturally specific rhythms and patterns for ethnic awareness and use.
  • World rhythm focus to prepare the player for percussion ensembles, drum circles and performance situations.
  • Bell, Shaker and Bass Drum patterns included for group support in rhythmic gatherings and performance ensembles.

Hand Drumming Excursion Selected Pages


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Hand Drumming Excursions sample page of world rhythm patterns.Hand Drumming Excursions sample page of syncopated phrases.Hand Drumming Excursions sample page of world Drum Talk patterns.


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