Hand Drumming Independence hand facility and technique book.

Hand Drumming Independence

by Kenne Thomas
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FIFTH EDITION - Revised and Expanded
Binding:Spiral bound for easy stand layout
Pages:73 with hand playing position photographs
Size:8 1/2" X 11" / 21.6 cm X 27.9 cm
Price:$14.95 + Shipping

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Jembe rhythms and hand technique

I think your book is great! Progressive and focused clarity in a simple and important concept in hands percussion is what I was looking for. Your method is helpful in other ways, like playing multipercussion set in melodic way, not just rhythmic.
Fabrizio Di Carlo
Bertinoro (FC)

This book addresses an issue facing many percussionists who play hand drums, and have multi-percussion set ups. Using both hands equally is a challenge if not awkward. Hand Drumming Independence focuses on technique for alternating hand strokes on drums. The companion book, Hand Drumming Excursions explores rhythmic extensions and cultural aspects of patterns. This book has numerous examples, exercises and patterns to develop hand dexterity. You will discover many of the unique jembe rhythms, heard in the popular movie, "The Visitor" (Anchor Bay Entertainment 2008) within these pages too! Photo illustrations are given to show hand positions. Reference notes and material is added for musical and cultural understanding. Also included are pages of bass drum patterns, bell rhythms and shaker patterns to accompany and support hand drums and play in gatherings and ensembles. 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 for Right to Left and Left to Right facility on a hand drum.
  • Syncopated patterns for developing skill and dexterity.
  • World rhythm focus to prepare the player for percussion groups, dance ensembles, and drum circles.
  • Bells, Shakers and Bass Drum patterns included for group support in drum circles and performance ensembles.

Hand Drumming Independence Selected Pages

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