These are great for challenging a new drummer to create their own parts to instrumental songs. If you are first learning the drums, take advantage of the drumless tracks included with your drum module!
The drum brain has 16 preset kits, giving you a well-rounded selection of styles and USB connectivity with a computer for drum VSTs or recording to a DAW. The kit presets include everything from dry, natural drums to massive arena rock kits.
These types of drums drastically reduce the volume produced by practicing drums. If practicing is your only concern, I again suggest a lower range budget electronic drum kit like the Alesis Nitro.
The most obvious and practical reason for purchasing an electronic drum set is to lower the noise your drums make when practicing. While the noise of the pads is still audible while playing, the sound will be dramatically lower in volume when compared to a real drum set.
Electronic drums are designed to simulate acoustic drum sets. They usually have either rubber or mesh pads that you play on with an electronic drum module mounted to the rack that gives the pads their sounds.
A typical five-piece drum kit usually includes a combination of bass, tom, or snare drums. A four-piece set usually includes a snare, bass drum, one mounted tom, and a floor tom; these kits are usually accessible for beginners. Other pieces include a hi-hat cymbal, crash cymbal, and a stool. A complete set also comes with hardware, including stands, rims, and pedals. You can browse the varieties of drum kits, big and small at eBay now.
What makes Cedar Mountain Drums unique is the spiritual energy and presence that goes into the drums, rattles and products we make. If one is only measuring by one dimension, i.e. price, we are not the cheapest. If one measures by the feeling they get when they pick up a drum we have made, the value is infinite. All of our creations are made with loving intention and ceremony. We honor and respect the spirits of the plants and animals who give themselves and continue their life as healing tools for us.
We make most of our products at either our Portland, Oregon location or at our Bear Creek property in Carson, Washington. Most others are supplied by local craftspeople or are purchased from like-minded companies. We also offer books, music and a variety of drums, flutes and herbs from many cultures.
The djembe is the most popular drum from Africa. Known for its deep bass and crisp highs, it's also one of the most enjoyable instruments to play! We'd like to share with you what we have learned in more than 20 years of traveling to West Africa, studying, selling, and repairing djembes for over 30 years. In addition to West Africa, djembes are now made in Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, Los Angeles...you name it. You can find them at Marshalls, Costco, and mixed-in with guitars and amplifiers at huge music store chains. Not to mention, everywhere online, including Craigslist, eBay and Amazon.
When buying any musical instrument you want the best you can get at a price you can afford. When you are buying a handmade djembe or dunu drum, you do not want to get a deal, so to speak. Unless you are willing to live with a few compromises which, in some cases may be okay. The old saying is as true today as it was years ago. You get what you pay for. Take that to heart when you are looking at djembe and dunun drums. Please.
This IS the djembe. The skin, and other parts, can and will come and go, but what you are investing in is the shell. The top players in the world (Mamady Keita (passed), Famoudou Konaté, Fadouba Oulare (passed), Adama Drame, Ibrahima Camara (passed), Soungalo Coulibaly) play drums from shells carved in Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Mali.
DIAMETER: The best size for a basic lead drum is about 13\" diameter head and 24.5\" tall. A supporting drum is slightly larger in diameter. Drums larger than 14\" head diameter are hard to keep in tune because there is more skin surface area. Those skins also pop easier because the thinner edges of the skin are on the edge of the drum. However, Famoudou's 14\" is with our teacher Nancy and she has not had to tune that for a year or two now! So, there are always exceptions. Depends on who made the drum too and where. In fact, for some reason Famoudou's djembe do not need tuning very often... you give him an untuned djembe and he just plays the music out of it! Amazing master Famoudou.
SHAPE: A common myth is that the bass on a larger drum is boomier. However, this is not always true. Sometimes the bass on a 14\" (or larger) drum is so low that it can't be heard. Our ears have a specific range. Huge drums may rattle windows, but be hard to hear. In large groups, the bass is the first thing to drop off anyway. Moreover, some smaller djembes can have a lower bass than a huge djembe if the drum has a smaller throat diameter. The shape of the drum, the thickness and tuning of skin and your technique will decide the sound of the bass.
Some people carry their own chair, but rarely. Some people carry a drum seat (throne) but rarely. Carrying a round, small cushion in your case on top of your djembe is not a bad idea as you can add an inch to your height and have a comfy seat, always. Also, you may become a standing djembe player where you should still have a seat available, you can spend your playing time movin' and groovin' at the same time. In performance, the audience reacts to this way of playing very well,.
CRACKS: Small cracks near the top and bottom of the drum are normal. They occur during the open-air curing process as the wood loses water and acclimates to the environment. Once these small cracks are filled with wood-putty, they rarely open up. But be aware of huge patches, as they may be covering a knot or a structural problem.
THE ROPE: Next to the shell and skin, this is the most important component of the djembe because this is what keeps your drum in tune. We recommend a 3/16\" (4.5mm), double-braided polyester. Most rope from Africa is flat, thin, weak, very stretchy, and sometimes nylon. Some drums strung in Africa are not capable of staying in tune in North America because of the weak rope and our ever-changing weather. If a drum was strung in Africa, it was probably imported rope from Europe or the US that we brought over there. Ours are! (If you buy a drum with a low quality rope, think about changing the rope during the next re-heading.)
RE-HEADING: We have a full time drum tech to rehead your drums, fix the wood, smooth the bearing edge and oil your drum's wood. We are experts in repairing many drums like djembe (authentic and even the plastic and metal ones), bongos, talking drums. We are not repairing congas, doumbeks, at this time. Call/txt anytime.
I recently purchased a djembe drum from DrumConnection and am now taking lessons with him. He was so incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about the drums and taught me things I never knew I never knew about buying a drum. His classes are fun and engaging and he goes above and beyond the call of duty in helping us to learn and know about the history and origins of this sort of drumming, It has been in great addition to life particularly during Covid.
\"I highly recommend DrumConnection. Alan is very knowledgeable in many areas of drumming, and can assist anyone from the first time novice to the skilled professional. DrumConnection has a wide array of drums that you can try for a perfect fit.\"
\"Drums have always been a path for me to express my soul and the beat of my life. DrumConnection has a fabulous variety of all kinds of drums that can add to your enjoyment or musical expertise. Just a wonderful place to purchase a drum from.\"
I was thrilled to find that this store doesn't just have hand drums, but is also well-stocked with hardware and parts for rock drum kits. And if they don't stock something you need, they'll order it for you or point you in the right direction.
Alan, the owner, is extremely knowledgeable and helpful if I have questions or need advice. When I came in last year wanting to restore my vintage kit, I had no idea where to start, and Alan helped me through the entire process, from cleaning, de-rusting, to finding missing parts. Whenever I have a problem with my kit or something breaks, I always go to Alan first (it's a good idea to call the store to see when he's working!) Often he'll find a way to fix it without having to purchase new parts.
Great teachers including the Masters from West Africa; great drums (all kinds) and accessories. Director and owner, Alan, is an excellent drummer himself, friends to all and always willing to share his knowledge. Classes & Workshops at all levels challenging and tons of fun. Serious drumming going on here!
DrumConnection is a wonderful place. Alan is so helpful, thoughtful and kind. The store has a great selection of drums that will help you connect to music from all over the world. Highly recommended!
Alan the owner is always friendly and helpful. When I was looking for a drum, he chose 4 drums he thought I might like, each unique. He helped me sort out the differences to find the combination of pluses that added up to the perfect drum for me.
You will not find a more beautiful person than Alan to assit you with your journey of learning the drums. I have traveled with Alan to Guinea, purchased various drums, and attended numerous classes. Have not been able to find the joy I felt when I was involved with the Drum Connection. Please open a southern location!
I am new to drumming and am having a ball. I went to a Sunday night lecture and lesson on one type of drums and followed that with 2 Sunday night drumming circles with an excellent teacher-but not at the rank beginner level. Still, I loved it and just tried to follow and keep up. 59ce067264