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Bongo Grooves for Beginners, Volume 3 (download)

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In this video, I show you how to play funky West African djembe grooves on bongos.  As in the other two videos in this series, each pattern is taught step-by-step, using a player’s eye view and a side view, at normal speed and in slow motion.  The grooves fit with all kinds of music, as you’ll see when I play them with my brother Rich Dworsky, the piano player on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion.  And you’ll be able to play along, because I only play exactly what I've shown you how to play in the lessons.

To show you how the grooves work in a more traditional context, I'm joined by master drummer Fode Seydou Bangoura on djembe.  When I play with Fode--one of the greatest djembe players in the world--you'll be able to play along too because--again--I only play what I've shown you how to play in the lessons.

The video is 56 minutes long and includes a PDF file with simple charts of all the patterns. 

This video is also available as a DVD. Just click on "Bongo Grooves DVDs" in the menu on the right side of this page.