As an adult student of the djembe you want to get started with an affordable drum that will allow you to create the full range of sounds using your developing technique. We always recommend that you invest in the best djembe you can afford, knowing that it is easier to develop proper technique and playing habits on a drum that is built to respond accurately to how it is played. You also need to make sure the drum is sized appropriately for the drummer - not too big, and not too small - which will be around 12-13 inches head diameter X 22-24 inches tall. Some more petite drummers or younger adolescents can play an 11 inch x 22 inch djembe.
This Adult Student Djembe category showcases our most affordable Classical Heartwood and Drum Circle Heartwood djembe drums made in Africa, built to give the beginning or intermediate level drummer an option to get started with a budget of $130-$250. The CLASSICAL HEARTWOOD DJEMBE drum is a well-built, musical-grade instrument, built for the beginner or intermediate djembe drummer at an affordable price point. This djembe would be a good choice for the drummer intending to take lessons or study djembe technique, who needs a drum that can deliver proper sound and playing response, at a budget price. The DRUM CIRCLE HEARTWOOD DJEMBE drum is similar to djembes found in craft markets in Africa, typically sold to tourists or traveling drum enthusiasts. Less attention is given to the finer points of musicality and craftsmanship, with added emphasis on the outward, often exotic, appearance. The Drum Circle Heartwood Djembe is the least expensive option for getting started in African drumming with a playable, handcarved djembe from Africa. Each student djembe is covered by our money back guarantee.
If you are prepared to invest in a higher quality drum than is represented on this page, with a budget of $250-$450, please use the navigation links on the left for Djembe Drums > Ability Level > Advanced and Pro