Djembe is one of the most fun-to-play and enjoyable instruments because of its crisp highs and deep bass. It is not only famous among the new bands, but the classically trained drummers are also expanding their skillset by using it. With time the features of djembes have changed a lot, the demands are now different from what it was years ago.
What are the different types of djembe wood?
The shell is an essential part of the djembe, and it’s something that demands the proper investment. The sound coming from djembe depends mainly on its inside. Manufacturers use different types of woods for making the shell of djembes. Some of the most popular woods that people generally prefer for their djembe’s surface are Lengue Wood, Acajou Wood, Djalla Wood, Balafon Wood, etc. These woods have excellent melodic quality with top-class bass, tone and superior projection.
The ideal size of the djembe
There is no specific size of the djembe that one should consider; it depends on the quality and type of expected output and personal preference. The diameter that users prefer the most is 13” for head and around 24.5 inches of height. One of the most common myths around is that the larger djembes have better bass than the smaller ones. The shape and thickness of the drum are responsible for the bass. An extra-large djembe can lead to an uncomfortable sitting position.
Check the skin and the rope.
The best skins for the djembe are usually from Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Guinea. The makers extract these skins from leaner animals, and they are fresh too. The skin should be strong and not get scratched easily. The skin should not be thin; it should be in a range of medium-thick to thick. Though the thick skins are better, the beginners should go with more delicate skins as they define different tones and slap a lot more easily.
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