Level : Beginner, Intermediate.

If you have only little or no possibility of immersing in the native environment of African traditional drumming, notation is a powerful tool you should add to your learning arsenal.

  • You get complete explanations about how the DJEMBESOLO font system works and how it relates to conventional Western notation.
  • The particularity of this course is that you can learn notation both from a theoretical point of view and/or by listening to and watching transcriptions of the most commonly used patterns on the djembe.

    This course contains a lot of information. After the first few chapters of each section, I recommend that you consult it as you need it according to the new rhythmic challenges you encounter.

    🙌 Before the end of this course you will be able to read and write most of what you need.

      

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to NOTATION

    • Update log

    • LANGUAGES

    • THEORY & PRACTICE

  • 2

    Symbols and Conventions

    • WHY NOTATION?

    • DJEMBESOLO font system

    • THE BINARY LOGIC

    • THE TERNARY LOGIC

    • TRANSCRIPTION ACCURACY

    • CONCLUSION

  • 3

    IF YOU DON'T LIKE THEORY

    • The gap between theory and practice

  • 4

    BINARY

    • QUARTER NOTE #1

    • QUARTER NOTE #2

    • QUARTER NOTE #3

    • QUARTER NOTE #4

    • EIGHTH NOTE #1

    • EIGHTH NOTE #2

    • EIGHTH NOTE #3

    • DOTTED EIGHTH NOTE #1

    • DOTTED EIGHTH NOTE #2

    • DOTTED EIGHTH NOTE #3

    • DOTTED EIGHTH NOTE #4

    • SIXTEENTH NOTE #1

    • SIXTEENTH NOTE #2

    • SIXTEENTH NOTE #3

    • SIXTEENTH NOTE #4

    • ONE BEAT LONG PATTERNS

    • ONE BEAT LONG PATTERN #1

    • ONE BEAT LONG PATTERN #2

    • ONE BEAT LONG PATTERN #3

    • ONE BEAT LONG PATTERN #4

    • DOUBLE NOTE TRIPLET

    • QUARTER NOTE TRIPLET

    • EIGHTH NOTE TRIPLET

    • (HALF) SEXTUPLET

  • 5

    TERNARY

    • DOTTED QUARTER NOTE #1

    • DOTTED QUARTER NOTE #2

    • DOTTED QUARTER NOTE #3

    • QUARTER NOTE #1

    • QUARTER NOTE #2

    • EIGHTH NOTE #1

    • EIGHTH NOTE #2

    • EIGHTH NOTE #3

    • ONE BEAT LONG PATTERNS

    • ONE BEAT LONG PATTERN #1

    • ONE BEAT LONG PATTERN #2

    • ONE BEAT LONG PATTERN #3

    • QUADRUPLET

    • EIGHTH NOTE DUPLET #1

    • EIGHTH NOTE DUPLET #2

    • (HALF) QUADRUPLET

Testimonials

5 star rating

A practical explanation of Western music notation

Michel Weelen

Many Djembe players are reluctant to use western music notation. Here are clear and universal guidelines. With this course, you will take a step forward in your understanding of both rhythm writing and music.

Many Djembe players are reluctant to use western music notation. Here are clear and universal guidelines. With this course, you will take a step forward in your understanding of both rhythm writing and music.

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