Ode To The Four Directions

BASE BASE :: BASE BASE  : Tap Tap slap slap – repeat

BASE BASE :: BASE BASE  : Tap Tap slap slap – repeat

BASE BASE :: BASE BASE  : Tap Tap slap slap – repeat until…

This is the rhythm that I played on my new drum. The BASE beats are strong down strokes in the center of the drumhead allowing your hand to bounce back up with the vibration. Breathe and exhale. It is equivalent to a heart beat.

Tap Tap are beats with fingers closed and thumb spread tapping toward but not on the edge of the drumhead. Slap slap is the same motion with all fingers spread.

Now substitute words:

Hail Hail :: Rain Rain : falls down on me – repeat

Hail Hail :: Rain Rain : falls down on me – repeat

Hail Hail :: Rain Rain : falls down on me – repeat until…

There are endless combinations of these three djembe drum beats. And if you can lose yourself in the sound and pulse – it’s a universal conversation between body and drum and collective.. And if you are really good, you can include singing/chanting while someone dances which is very captivating and physically satisfying. Drumming is primal energy that resonates within your body and earth energy. I can almost feel the heat and heart of the African plain. Because I was sounding a quatrain, I was lifted and carried by the energy of the Four Directions.

~

lost and found in the throb my primitive voice

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