Retirement Hobby: Djembe for fun

by David Kuo
(Palo Alto, CA, USA)



If you never learned a musical instrument before and would like to have some fun playing your own music, Djembe can be your choice.

According to Wikipedia, a djembe or jembe is a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa. According to the Bambara people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes from the saying "Anke djé, anke bé" which translates to "everyone gather together in peace" and defines the drum's purpose. In the Bambara language, "djé" is the verb for "gather" and "bé" translates as "peace."

I purchased my Djembe from Amazon under $90. Initially, I used youtube to learn the basic pattern for beginner. Djembe plays only three tones, Bass, Tone, and Strike. So it is quite easy to learn.

Once you get into rhythm, it is quite mesmerizing by just repeating the patterns. You can also change up speed and dynamics to have more variety. You also can challenge yourself to go faster while still maintain steady beats.

When I am in the low mood, playing djembe in a park can be therapeutic.

If you prefer to take lesson, I found my online teacher from It works out ok though there is audio and video hookups from the first session.

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Drumming is GOOD for Seniors!
by: Wendy

Check this out!

Drumming Circles
by: Janet

I love that you are finding a way to relax through drumming.

In my area, there is a drumming circle that meets once a month in the summer on a beach. Everyone is invited, no charge and goes on for 90 minutes. It's an amazing event and one feels very different after the drumming than before it starts.

Maybe there is one in your area that you might want to check out.

by: Wendy,

This could totally be an anxiety relief help. Just like meditation, you could 'zone out' based on the drum beats. Nice!

Djembe Link from Amazon, can be very reasonably priced. I saw a few around $25-35... not bad for some meditative drum beating and new entertainment.

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