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 DVD is 56 minutes long and includes a PDF file with simple charts of all the patterns.
This video is also available as part of the package deal for all three DVDs in the Bongo Grooves for Beginners series--either as DVDs or a download - that gives you all three videos in the series for the price of two, and saves you $15 over the cost of the DVDs individually. If you want to get the video as a download, just click on "Bongo video downloads" at the top of the menu on the right.