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Rhythmic Foundation is just as much about learning to play music with other people as it is about African Drumming. The content of the DVD caters to beginners with the hopes of giving them a true foundation in understanding how rhythm works, basic djembe, djun-djun and bell technique and how they can actively participate with others in drumming. Jim uses simple traditional songs from West and Central Africa because of their effectiveness in helping students learn these basic concepts.
For the beginning drummer, lifelong player, teacher, or music enthusiast, this DVD is for you! Over 2 hours of enjoyable, easy to follow step-by-step play-along lessons.
With this DVD you will learn:
Extensive technique for djembe, djun-djuns and bell. Learn proper hand positions, tones, and effective ways to make your drum speak
8 Traditional West and Central African drum rhythms: Fanga, Mutwashi, Oke, Osain, Mapasa, Shiko, Nyabinghi, Heartbeat, and Hi-Life.
Rhythmic Ear Training. Develop the capacity to hear and listen and respond to rhythm on a deeper level.
Rhythms for deep relaxation. Learn to use your drum to help release stress.
How to create your own music with your drum. Have fun jamming along with Jim and his friends.
Extensive dexterity, speed, and power exercises. Build your chops, confidence and ability to solo.
Printable PDF lessons.
Full access to a complete library of rhythm resources.
"As a long-time music teacher of drumming and world music, I have to say that Rhythmic Foundation is the best instructional/play-along resource that I have ever experienced! ...Jim is a master teacher with a unique talent for demonstrating technique, dexterity, coordination, and how to get the best sound out of your drum. The dual visual perspectives (straight on and a bird's eye view) are invaluable. This DVD will enable you to significantly improve your playing, regardless of your level of experience."
- --Elizabeth Wilson, Boys Latin School of Baltimore, MD
After being totally disappointed in another book dvd I purchased,this guy is awesome!!! He works really well with us ,the student. Read morePublished 22 months ago by gaynor
This is my first venture into the DVD drumming instructional video world. It was not my favorite. The quality of it was less than steller. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by kriddle
Great DVD would recommend to all beginners full of enthusiasm but not necessarily full of rhythm! Jim is a fab teacherPublished on February 6, 2013 by Vivienne Smith
The djembe is the first musical instrument I have attempted to play seriously. I bought the DVD because I could not find a one-on-one teacher where I live. Read morePublished on May 19, 2012 by Neville C. Bleakley
I am very new to drumming and found this DVD to be the perfect tool to get started. I learned so much, and was soon able to follow along with Jim. Read morePublished on January 31, 2012 by S. England
--Perhaps you live a little too far away to make it to one of Jim Donovan's drumming workshops, but want a taste! Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by Heather
Lowest review rating I've ever given a product! As a musician, I've been excited to add percussion to my band & life. I've played guitar for over 40 years. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by Jay Wright
Donovan has such a friendly, instructive style that I feel engaged and comfortable right away. Having gone through a couple of the first lessons, I am looking forward to the rest... Read morePublished on December 30, 2009 by Silly English Kinigit
I find this DVD to be fun and instructive for a total newcomer to drumming. I would laugh at some of his encouragements; he knows just what a new student is... Read morePublished on December 21, 2009 by Sciota