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Jim Donovan's Rhythmic Foundation : Interactive African Drumming for Everyone

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Product Description

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.
Also included:

Printable PDF lessons.
Practice regimens.
Full access to a complete library of rhythm resources.

Review

"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

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jim Donovan
  • Directors: Jim Donovan
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Jim Donovan Music
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YN1W96
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,173 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Lulu Magoo VINE VOICE on December 2, 2007
If you haven't had the opportunity to attend one of Jim Donovan's workshops, or even if you have, this DVD will most certainly fulfill your desire to learn, play and expand upon your djembe drumming abilities.

The first section is on technique; where Jim walks you through how to properly sit and hold your drum, and how to make the three basic djembe sounds; bass, tone and slap. The slap is a challenging sound to create, as the hand positioning takes practice to effortlessly achieve the desired sound. I'm pleased to see it included here, as many instructors will leave it for more advanced teachings and it's excellent to have this visual reminder of how it should be performed.

Traditional drum ensembles will often include a set of bass drums, or "djun-djuns" as well as a bell or "toke" player. Jim takes the time to introduce and demonstrate each of these instruments.

The next section on the disc is dedicated to learning various drum rhythms. The first of these rhythms are traditional pieces, each broken down part by part and filmed from above for a bird's eye view of how to play them. After each rhythm is demonstrated, a play along section is included- where Jim plays one part of the rhythm, then instructs you to play along with another. Wonderful.

The second set of rhythms are for relaxation, and of all of the rhythms taught on the DVD, my favorite is that of the "One Drum" exercise. The exercise is simple but quite powerful- this one always stays with me long after I've left one of Jim's workshops. A repetitious pattern combined with conscious breathing allows the left/right halves of your brain to synchronize and helps you to achieve presence, or more simply, to be "in the moment.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Wilson on February 10, 2008
As a long-time music teacher of drumming and world music, I have to say that this DVD is the best instructional/play along resource that I have ever experienced! You will not believe how much valuable material is packed into each of the six easy to navigate sections. 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, no matter what your level of experience is.
The contents include:
1>Playing techniques for djembe, toke (bell), and djun-djuns,
2>Fun to play ear-training exercises that are challenging for teachers and students alike
3>Engaging exercises to develop speed and dexterity,
4>Easy to follow lessons for eight traditional pieces,
5>A play-along ensemble section where you can create your own music, or play along with your favorite part
6>Rhythms for relaxation. ..It feels like getting a massage, while taking a nap in an oxygen bar!
7>Valuable printable resources, links to articles, and other rhythmic resources on the web.
YOU MUST HAVE THIS DVD!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Isles on February 9, 2008
as explained in the editorial review, this DVD is for ANYONE interested in drumming....it is filled with information that would appeal to all students, from beginners to established players...the DVD could not be anymore 'user friendly'...easy instructions allow one to travel freely thru the contents with many options for users...it would be wise to first watch the DVD in entirety to explore the wealth of material contained...
a starting point could then be established for the experience the DVD provides...personally, i chose to start in the techniques section to remind myself the proper postions and form necessary in hand drumming....the overhead views are excellent and for someone who doesn't get to drum as often as i would like, this refresher is perfect in establishing proper style and sound, etc...there are many excercises to help with speed and power and sections that allow individuals to jam along with those playing on the DVD....i also enjoy listening to the different selections chosen by the author from traditional pieces and instructions on how to play them...these are just a few of the features available!!! i could not speak more highly of this video....it is truly all that is advertised...i cannot recommend it highly enough!!!
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By MCP on March 31, 2009
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After reading all of the 5 star reviews, I felt I couldn't go wrong with this DVD. I honestly have never had an instance where I am in complete disagreement with other reviews on a product....this is a first. The DVD arrived and I was so excited!I am new to djembe drumming and wanted a resource I could learn from and practice with. This DVD was NOT professionally produced! The picture quality is horrible and the way the DVD is put together does not produce a smooth flow. Be prepared to keep a remote close by because you will constantly have to switch to each section. I personally don't see where you get 2 hours of great drumming from this DVD. There are a couple of nice sections with illustrative drumming, but certainly not 2 hours worth. This was way over priced for what you get. A big disappointment for me. I can't explain why there are 18 5 star recommendations when I rate it so poorly.
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