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Gentle Djembe for Beginners (2010)

Alan Dworsky , Alan Dworsky  |  G |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Alan Dworsky
  • Directors: Alan Dworsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Dancing Hands
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036QUBUY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,757 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

About the Actor

Alan Dworsky is the author of the bestselling How to Play Djembe. His books ;Conga Drumming; and ;A Rhythmic Vocabulary; have both won the DRUM Magazine Readers Poll for ;Best Instructional Book; His specialty is breaking the learning process into bite-sized steps and putting those steps in just the right order.

Product Description

If you re a beginner who wants to learn to play powerful rhythms in a way that s easy on your hands, this video is for you. Watching it is like getting private lessons and taking Alan Dworsky's Wednesday night beginners class. Each of the seven step-by-step lessons on the DVD starts with him explaining a rhythm while he plays it and ends with the whole class playing it, so the rhythm never stops. And each lesson has a matching play-along track.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FOR BEGINNERS February 16, 2011
By Drocks
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT DVD FOR BEGINNERS. WITH REPETITION, AND CLOSE-UPS ONE CAN EASILY CATCH ON AND PLAY THEIR HEARTS OUT!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars quite useful and INEXPENSIVE April 17, 2013
By kate
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For those who are older, those with arthritis, playing the drum with one fewer position may make playing the drum possible. This product is marketed for those who need a gentle approach, and it works well, omitting the slap. Play-along sections are wonderful. INEXPENSIVE- I would have to drive 15 miles one way to pay $60 per hourly private lesson with an advertised djembe teacher in my area. I paid $40 plus shipping for the first 2 volumes, and I have had hours of practice on as many patterns as my brain can absorb as a novice. All 3 volumes cost less than one single hour private lesson with no car & no gas involved. INEXPENSIVE. 6 and a half min of sales you can skip vs 51 and a half min of lessons and playalongs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so easy November 2, 2011
By esse
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i loved this dvd, it made it very easy to start using my drum and he is a good clear teacher, allowing sufficient practices and opportunity to get comfortable with what he is teaching
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Ultra Beginner DVD December 1, 2012
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I bought this, along with a mid-priced rope tuned djembe, for my husband for our anniversary. He has no musical background, but wanted to be able to drum along while I play acoustic guitar.

This DVD is broken down into chapters that each focus on one pattern. The patterns start very, very basic, and progress into more fun and faster rhythms. You learn the pattern and then play along with the group at his hippie djembe retreat and you can almost smell the patchouli. :)

The instructor is likeable, and he demonstrates proper hand positioning, drum positioning, and technique in a very positive way.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but Pricey December 9, 2012
By Ward N
Format:DVD
I debated between a 3 and 4 star rating. I found Mr. Dworsky's approach to teaching to be very good and easily followed. I would have liked at least one more rythm included. The video and audio quality is very good. I attend a drum circle but wanted something to use at home as a practice guide.

The tough thing for a teacher to do when confronted with a wide range of abilities is keep all engaged and the material pertinent. He has done a good job. I am a "advanced" beginner and was overall pleased with the purchase but think it would have been better served if this was priced lower in that it has 1/4 to 1/3 devoted to promotion of his products.

On balance I have hesitated to buy more of his videos given the cost. Good instruction, limited content.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Djembe for beginners December 7, 2011
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It is well done and easy to follow. I was just disappointed that it was so short.Gentle Djembe for Beginners
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners September 22, 2013
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This is a great start to learning djembe. The instruction is clear and easy to follow. It's a great way to keep practicing between drum circles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sound not sycronized with the video January 4, 2014
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It appears this could have been good for beginners. Unfortunately the sound was not synchronized with the video and made it useless since the hand motions didn't match the sound produced by the drum.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great again
I have several of Alan's videos. This is one of his best. Easy going and you get up to speed quickly. Easy to follow and builds your foundation. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D C McKay
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd for beginning Djembe drummers
Great dvd for beginning Djembe drummers. Easy to follow along instructions & demonstrations. My Grandson & Daughter are having fun learning to play.
Published 2 months ago by Jayne L. Serfass
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Djembe for Beginners
Excellent video, very well done and each step helps with the learning process. I will continue to buy Alan's videos.
Published 3 months ago by Mike Horan
5.0 out of 5 stars So easy
This is such a fun video! What I really love is that after the instruction there is a drum circle that you play along with. Read more
Published 4 months ago by trmlo
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth the money
I had been playing the djembe on my own prior to ordering this dvd. I found the instruction to be boring and uninspired. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pamela J. Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to play flute to, too
Not only is this DVD absolutely excellent to learn the basics of playing djembe, I was also able to get some flute practice in during the play-along tracks. Read more
Published 7 months ago by K. L. Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun !
Great beginners CD, enjoying it very much. For the person who would like to learn how to play Djembe for the first time, it is excellent.
Published 8 months ago by debdel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD to learn from
Love this DVD. I am a beginner for djembe. Alan makes the learning simply. I like the fact that there is practice time where you play-along with the group after he fully... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Karuna
5.0 out of 5 stars Must BUY
What can I say, this is a great beginning video for new learners. I have two severely autistic kids and it can even teach them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Katrina Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Very easy to follow. Never picked up a drum in my life and now im in a regular drum circle. Love it!
Published 10 months ago by carmen gittings
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