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Audio/Visual

Here you will find audio visual resources – samples of our recordings, ringtones you can download to your cell phone (Evensong on the go!), promo pictures and tour photos, and promo videos and live event footage. Enjoy!

MP3 Samples
MP3 Samples
a few songs from our catalogue
Ringtones
Ringtones
take us with you on your cell phone for free!
Photos
Photos
promo pictures and tour photos
Videos
Videos
promo videos, interviews and live event footage

MP3 Samples

The named links will take you to the Catalogue for ordering/downloading. Click on the audio player to stream/hear the song.

This is the Day! (2006)

My Soul Sings (2006)

I Am a Child (2003)

The Boat House Blues (In the Same Boat Now) (2001)


This is the Day! (2006) CD Samples

Ringtones

Here are a few mp3 ringtones you can download, free of charge, to your cell phone for a truly distinctive ring. These are shorter clips from some of our instrumental songs. Enjoy!

On the Wings of the Wind

Hope

Earth Prayer

Reawakening

Drumming as Community Expression

Twenty-odd djembes in one small car!I am not a master drummer – I am a singer, song leader and multi-instrumentalist who can never get enough djembe! Although I teach in a drum circle format, I do not teach in the usual West African manner in which students learn a combination of traditional patterns in order to accompany a drum soloist (there are many fine drummers across the country who teach in this model, so support your local talent to learn more of this amazing tradition). My main goal as a drummer and teacher is to build community and to help people develop skills for accompanying group singing.

I do tour regularly across Canada and beyond, so if you are interested in booking me for a drum workshop or other events, please contact us.

Notes regarding the patterns

The patterns here are a combination of traditional West African/Caribbean rhythms and other simple patterns I have found work well for beginning djembe players. Embellishing the rhythms here is a good thing, so use them as a starting point in developing your own particular feel! To explore the West African drumming tradition more fully, I recommend buying a copy of David Thiaw and Joanne Melvin's book and CD, African Drum Workshop, Volume One, available at http://www.davidthiaw.ca.

These patterns involve only Bass and Tone strokes, indicated as B and T. There is also a third kind of stroke called the slap, but this a harder technique to master and best left for later learning once the basic bass and tone are well absorbed. The L and O refer to your hands, Lead and Other (lead with your dominant hand, whether left or right). Clicking on the name of the pattern will link you to an mp3 audio file of the pattern being played. Happy drumming!

New: We've just posted djembe tutorial videos on the MelodicArts YouTube page. Hope you find them helpful!

 

Merengue (4/4 time)
1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a
B

T T
T
T
T
B B B B
L     O L   O   L   O   L O L O
Aramelay (4/4 time)
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +                
B
T T
T T
               
L   L O   O L                  
    A - ra - me - lay                  
Gallop (simple 2/4 time)
1 + 2 +                        
B
T T                        
L   O O                        
Soca or Calypso (2/4 time)
1 e + a 2 e + a                
B

T B
T
               
L     O L   O                  
Want     a choc - olate                  
Universal Break (2/4 time)
1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a
T
T T
T
T T
T
T


L   O L   O   L O   L   O      
This   is a   u - ni - ver-   sal   break      
Basic 3/4 pattern
1 + 2 + 3 +





       
B
T T T T                    
L   L O L O                    
Basic 6/8 pattern
1 + a 2 + a





       
B
B T
T                    
L   L O   O                    
More complex 6/8 pattern
1 + a 2 + a





       
B
T B T T                    
L   L O L O                    
Slow 6/8 pattern
1
+
a
2
+
a
       
B
T T T T T
T T T T        
L   L O L O L   L O L O        
Note: This is just the 3/4 pattern above, repeated twice, with the beginning of the second pattern (beat 2) as an accented tone rather than as a bass note

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