Jump into the exciting world of West African drumming with this collection of percussion pieces based on traditional rhythms and ensembles. The layering of short phrases found in West African percussion ensembles makes it possible for players with diverse levels of ability to perform together. Your group will have a challenging, successful experience unlike any other. This revision of Lynne Jessup's classic, Afro-Ensemble, provides new information on West African drumming, an updated list of resources, a new map, and completely reformatted charts and instructional text.
Seven progressive percussion pieces, written out in easy-to-follow chart form
Preliminary clapping exercises to facilitate playing of polyrhythms
How to use instruments you already have; what to buy if you have a budget
Basic drumming techniques
Stamped Adinkra symbols that can be used to decorate clothing or posters
Map of musical culture areas of Africa
Each rhythm includes cultural context and history, references for additional information, and simplified notation of each rhythm, as well as CD tracks for each rhythm.
All Hands On! includes:
About the Author:
Lynne Jessup, multicultural music consultant and author of The Mandinka Balafon: An Introduction with Notation for Teaching, earned a masters degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Washington, and taught for many years in the Seattle public schools. She lived in the Gambia, West Africa while working as an ethnomusicologist for the Gambian government. She now lives in Rota, in the Mariana Islands, and travels frequently to Asia..