What is a slap on a djembe drum?
The Slap. This stroke can be played in the same position as the tone, the difference is that one relaxes the hand and arm to hit the drum with a slap-like motion. Spreading your fingers out slightly when they strike the djembe helps create a crisp clear sound.
What is bass tone and slap on the djembe drum?
The bass sound (low-pitched) is achieved by striking the drum in the middle of the skin with a heavy hand. The tone (medium-pitched) is played with the hand on the edge of the skin, using the wrist as well as the arm to propel the hand towards the drum.
What is a slap tone?
It is a quick motion to lift the sound up and out of the drum head. The slap produces a loud crack and is played by striking the palm on the edge of the drum and allowing the fingers to move forwards like whips to hit the drum head at high speed.
What technique is open slap?
You can hold them down on the head with a slight gripping motion. This is called a “closed slap,” and it’s used by conga drummers. Or you can bounce your fingers off the drumhead immediately. This is called an “open slap” and it’s used by both conga drummers and djembe players.
What is slap note?
The slap and pop techniques are commonly used with pull-offs and hammer-ons with the fretting (usually left) hand, to further increase the rate at which notes may be played. Ghost notes, or notes played with the string damped, are also commonly played in slap bass to increase the percussive feel of the technique.
Why is it important not to play the djembe with the bottom on the floor?
Some players will choose to hold the base of the drum with their feet for overall instrument control. Please remember not to lift the drum completely off the floor. If the drum is lifted off the floor when striking the head, it could slip and the base could hit the floor causing damage to your djembe.
Can you play djembe with mallets?
Cajon Slap Mallet works equally well with a djembe, bongos, conga and even for special effects around a drum set. This is a great, low-hassle, durable tool to have on hand if you are a percussionist or drummer.
What are the 3 djembe strokes?
There are three ways to strike the head in djembe drumming: slap, bass, and tone.
- Slap: Slap sounds make the highest-pitched sounds on the djembe. Hit the edge of the drum with a slight curvature in your fingers.
- Bass: Bass sounds are the lowest pitches on the djembe.
- Tone: Tone sounds are medium-pitched.