Cameron Tummel | Fundamental Djembe

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Fundamental Djembe

by Cameron Tummel

Fundamental Djembe has 24 Play-Along tracks to practice with, and three performance tracks - all you need to learn essential West African rhythms.
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1. Welcome
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2. Intro to 4/4 Passport - Slow
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3. 4/4 Passport - Moderate
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4. 4/4 Passport - Fast
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5. Intro to 6/8 Passport - Slow
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6. 6/8 Passport - Moderate
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7. 6/8 Passport - Moderately Fast
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8. Intro to 6/8 Plane Tickets - Slow
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9. 6/8 Plane Tickets - Moderate
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10. 6/8 Plane Tickets - Moderately Fast
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11. Intro to 4/4 Traveler's Checks - Slow
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12. 4/4 Traveler's Checks - Moderate
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13. 4/4 Traveler's Checks - Fast
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14. Intro to 6/8 Traveler's Checks - Slow
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15. 6/8 Traveler's Checks - Moderately Fast
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16. 6/8 Traveler's Checks - Fast
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17. Intro to 4/4 Gift - Slow
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18. 4/4 Gift - Moderate
3:32 $0.99
19. 4/4 Gift - Fast
2:32 $0.99
20. Intro to 4/4 Fancy Gift - Slow
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21. 4/4 Fancy Gift - Moderate
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22. Intro to Fundamental Dununba - Moderate
1:06 $0.99
23. Fundamental Dununba - Moderately Fast
3:42 $0.99
24. Intro to Fundamental Kuku - Moderate
1:09 $0.99
25. Fundamental Kuku - Moderately Fast
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26. Kuku
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27. Dununba
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Album Notes
Fundamental Djembe Instructional Play-Along CD
instructional recording provides 24 Play-Along tracks and 3 performance tracks

CT - "My drum students asked me to create a recording they could practice with at home, and the project developed into these 24 tracks. Just grab your drum, and play along with the CD.

The recording demonstrates four fundamental djembe rhythms, and plays each of them at different speeds, so you can practice at the tempo that's best for you. Each rhythm is verbalized first, to clarify the patterns of tones and slaps, and then you can practice each rhythm independently, at two or three different speeds. Tracks 22 - 25 combine the independent patterns into (simplified versions of) the traditional rhythms Kuku and Dununba, and for the last two tracks I added solos to Kuku and Dununba.

The Fundamental Djembe CD is a complete progression: learn the rhythms one at a time, practice at the speed that is most accessible for you, learn to hear the rhythms fit together into a polyrhythmic song, and hear examples of the rhythms with solos added to them.

I strongly suggest getting the actual CD, and not just the download, because the packaging is really valuable. The CD packaging has all the rhythms spelled out in easy-to-read notation, and includes a color insert with illustrations of hand techniques for playing the three fundamental sounds of the djembe.

Fundamental Djembe teaches you to play the four djembe rhythms every player needs to know. Clean, accurate, no clutter - the way my students asked me to record it."


Cameron Tummel is widely acclaimed as one of the world's most charismatic drum teachers and rhythm circle facilitators. Tummel facilitates rhythm events for more than 30,000 participants annually, and has facilitated more than a quarter million participants in his rhythm events nationwide and abroad.

Tummel started hand drumming in 1990 with teachers Babatunde Olatunji and Arthur Hull, and from 1990 - 2010 he studied drumming with dozens of drum teachers from Senegal, Guinea, Nigeria, the Congo, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, and the United States. Tummel graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in '92, BA in History, emphasis in world religions. Cameron's djembe skills were honed during his nine year apprenticeship with master djembe player Abdoulaye Diakite. He accompanied Abdoulaye on three drum sabbaticals to Senegal, West Africa, to study the rhythms and culture of the Bamana ethnic group. Cameron co-directed and performed in the Baobab West African Drum Ensemble in Santa Barbara, and now studies and performs with master Malik Sow from Senegal and Solo Soro from Ivory Coast. To date, his studies have included twenty years of academic and musical focus on the rhythms and cultures of West Africa. Tummel has performed with Babatunde Olatunji, Abdoulaye Diakite, Malik Sow, Jose "Pepe" Danza, Mickey Hart, and Small Village. Cameron is a published author, and builds many of his own drums. He has recorded with many artists, including Arthur Hull, Chet Santia and Eric Conn, and has self-produced three solo albums. (So far...)

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Peter Hacker

Fundamental Djembe
Great way of learning, well done. Long practice tracks. Well presented. I highly reccommend this cd. Although I don't understand some of the hand suggestions, they seen to make 2 tracks harder than need be , but that might be my lack of understanding. Love to understand why the hands were presented that way. Great cd though If unsure whether to buy ..go for it, you will NOT be dissapointed.

Jacob Reed

Great Buy
This is a perfect way to start learning the Djembe. I have for years been "faking it" and playing without any real training. Cameron breaks down the playing technique and introduces the grooves in a clear and precise manner. This is a wonderful CD and as an educator I can say its delivery is right on!

Pamela Lynn-World Percussionist

Excellent Value!
This is a fantastic learning resource for anyone interested in learning to play a Djembe drum. Cameron is a very skilled player and an excellent teacher. This CD offers the listener a easy & practical approach to learning the fundamental West African djembe patterns.

If you learn these patterns and you will experience a significant leap forward with your skills.

I highly recommend this CD to all my students.
It’s simply perfect!