Rope Tuned Djembe Easiest Tuning Method
Djembe And A Vice Grip Tool
YouTube Djembe Tuning Lesson
YouTube browsing led me to a most fantastic tutorial on tuning my djembe. It is in multiple learning modes -- aural and visual with actual demonstration. Even better, the drum teacher REPEATS the process. Since mechanical skills are not my forte, I need all the repetition I can get. Yes, one can replay a YouTube video ad nauseum, but at least by having the method shown two times, I am saved some clicking around on the computer and frustration with waiting or dragging for the right part.
Djembe Drums Need Tuning
Djembes have pitches, but not as in A = 440.
The head naturally loosens over time as it is played - similarly to guitar strings loosening after an amount of playing. Therefore, tuning a djembe means tightening the goatskin head.
In a drum class, I was shown how to tighten the Mali Weave on a djembe. However, it looked so intimidating that the iron gates of my brain's intake section slammed closed. In addition, when I was taught, I did not have an opportunity to actually practice. Then I had helpful friends who were so proud of their ability to tighten a djembe head, that they'd grab my drum, declare it needed tuning, and perform the whole operation for me in 3 minutes.
Common Vice Grip Makes Tuning Quick and Easy
The method that had me so terrified used a drumstick or a rope puller for the procedure.
The video contributor, mollyandboy, shows how EASILY it can be done using the sturdy drumstick and
a vice grip!
- YouTube - Tuning a djembe
Instructions on how to tune a djembe. Approximately three and a half minutes of CLEAR, GOOD instruction.
Summary of Video Instructions
Vice-Grip Method of Tuning a Rope-Tuned Djembe:
Put vice-grip on the last knot. Loosen up the tuning rope.
Look at the next 2 vertical rope strands.
Pull loose rope end UNDER those 2 verticals.
Then go backwards in direction, threading rope OVER the first vertical and UNDER the second.
Then pull tightly as all get out to make those the first vertical sit on top of the second vertical. Now put vice grip on this new knot.
Forward: UNDER, UNDER, Backwards: OVER UNDER. Pull first vertical on top of second one.
Repeat as needed.
When finished, tuck tuning rope back out of the way.
© 2011 Maren Elizabeth Morgan