Great Djembe Solos - Koungbanan CONDE | 4/4

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LESS IS MORE
This solo doesn't come with all the fancy ingredients of today's players (tight tuning - high level - double-tempo patterns) but every measure of this solo, the way patterns blend into each other with logic and humor, reminds all of us what playing with rhythm really is.
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PRACTICE TIPS
Practice different structural elements - such as signals, patterns, sequence, chauffé - and rhythm techniques such as displacement and phrasing - separately before trying to emulate the entire solo. This will help you to feel their meaning, before rebuilding the whole scenario.

Signals

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Patterns

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As an introduction to the displacement technique play the displaced patterns at their different occurrences before playing the entire sequence (third pattern displacement progression).
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And so on.
Sequence
Take your time.
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If it’s to difficult, use the same learning strategy as with displaced patterns.
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And so on.
Chauffé
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Displacement
Get used to the displacements progressively. You know Koungbanan CONDE is not counting the beats in his mind when he plays displacements, right? As any of us he wasn’t able to do it at first, then with practice he mastered the technique. Don’t waste your time using workarounds the pros don’t.
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And so on, anytime you meet a displacement.
Phrasing
There is an intense ternary phrasing in the third displacement sequence. Don’t think too much just listen to this part again and again, watch the video, it will come with practice.
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You can find the original video which was recorded at Bolokada CONDE's place here.
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