hand Drum Classes
Looking for a fun, relaxed and gradual way to learn hand drumming?
Curious about the joy and power of drumming rhythms?
If so, please join this beginning drum class.
Following the Bill Matthews’ method of teaching and learning rhythms, CongaJoy.com learn to play African, Cuban and Haitian ensemble hand drum rhythms as well as the basics of rhythm and small percussion parts.
In the first series you’ll learn elemental techniques, be able to join in and play simple rhythms, while connecting to our local community and creating powerful ensemble rhythms.
As the week’s progress, we’ll delve deeper into each rhythm learning all the parts for drums, voice and small percussion, and how they blend together.
No experience needed. This class is geared for total beginners and anyone wanting to refresh their drumming wisdom at a slow pace. The intention is to have fun during a shared learning experience.
Optional: small percussion (bells, shakers, clave, etc.), personal recording devices.
Beginning Hand Drum Series I
with Adrienne Robineau
8-Week Series: Sundays, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
January 7, 14, 21, 28 & February 4, 11, 18, 25
Madrona MindBody, Bldg 310, Fort Worden
Port Townsend, WA
(Discover Pass is not required to park next to the Madrona building)
Register in full by January 7, 2018: $120
OR... Want to try the first class? $20 drop-in
Want to continue after the first class? $105 for remainder of series
"You are an inspiration and awesome teacher! Thank you so much for your encouragement, patience, direction."
“Thanks for all that you offer; my soul is so happy to be drumming again and I am grateful that I found you! Look forward to many fun jams in the future.”
"I LOVE our class and your instruction. I’ve truly honestly never had so much fun and learned so much in such a short time. THANKS!"
Get your Sound Drumming custom logo drum sticks!
These beautiful babies are top-quality and made of durable, natural-colored, hickory wood.
They are 16” long, 0.595” in diameter, have tear-drop nylon tips for reducing damage to your drum head, and have a short taper, so it’s comfortable to hold from either end of the stick.
And they have a wonderful, smooth, lacquer finish with the Sound Drumming logo emblazoned upon them.
$18 a pair, supplies limited. Available in class or contact to purchase (additional fee for shipping.)
Don't have a drum to play?
If you don't have a drum, can't find one to borrow, buy or rent, please let me know. I have 2 djembes and 2 ashikos for rent, and Madrona has 1 djembe and 1 conga for rent. Drum rental is $5 per class, for class time only. To be sure you have a drum to play, please reserve in advance of each class. (When playing rental drums please remove or tape all hand jewelry, thanks.)
Try Crossroads Music, in Port Townsend. They will have drums in stock for rent or purchase on occasion.
Try Fremont Drum, in Seattle, (now in Ballard.) Bill Matthews teaches a FREE beginning drum class at noon on Saturdays and will happily hang out after class to show you the drums he has for sale. Prices typically range from $300-400.
I would highly recommend renting or borrowing a drum before purchasing so you can get an idea of what kind of drum you like and so you can also learn how to judge the quality of drums in general. Contact me if you have further questions or concerns.