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The World’s #1 Djembe Learning Resource!
Djembe Guru is the world’s most comprehensive resource for learning West African rhythms. Whether you are a beginning drummer just wanting to learn the fundamentals of how to play djembe or an experienced player looking to expand your repertoire, we have everything you need to take your playing to the next level.
Djembe Guru contains an encyclopedia of rhythm knowledge. We have hundreds of video djembe and dunun lessons covering everything from basic technique to advanced soloing. Master drummer Fara Tolno breaks down each polyrhythmic arrangement in simple, easy to understand steps for you to learn at your own pace.
Nearly 400 videos currently available
with more to come !
The DJEMBEGURU videos are broken down into several different categories:
Our LESSONS are for specific rhythms, and have each part broken down slowly. LESSONS are intended for Beginner to Intermediate players that like to work through parts systematically with instruction.
Our REFERENCES are for specific rhythms and quickly demonstrate each part.
REFERENCES are intended for intermediate to advanced students who can learn parts quickly.
Our TECHNIQUE lessons are designed to help players of all levels develop skills that can be used throughout their playing
Sit in on archived classes that Fara has taught in workshops, camps and classrooms around the world.
Each page also includes several:
5 Minute Audio Practice Tracks
for you to play along with!
and a built in discussion forum to allow the community to connect.
Who We Are
Djembe Guru is the premier online learning resource for djembe and West African percussion. Drawing from Scott’s own experience in studying and learning West African drumming, it was designed for the needs of the western student learning African rhythms. With Fara’s engaging and fun teaching style, deep knowledge, authentic lineage, this is the ultimate resource for students of all levels who want to learn djembe and dun duns--the right way.
Introducing the DjembeGuru team!
is one of the most sought after djembe, dunun and dance teachers in the US.
One lesson with Fara, and you will understand why.
Since leaving Les Merveilles de Guinea, he has poured his heart and soul into becoming a teacher
that truly understands how to share his
vast knowledge with western students.
Scott Griffiths began studying djembe in 1999, and met Fara in 2001 at Bantu camp outside Santa Fe, NM. The bond was immediate, and Scott moved to Boulder in 2004 to study with Fara more intensely. in 2007 Scott and Fara collaborated on the Rhythm Reference Project and have been planning and preparing to launch DjembeGuru. com since 2010. It's been a long but rewarding journey.
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