All Hands On


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All Hands On
By Lynne Jessup
Book and CD
18 pages

A revised edition of Afro-Ensemble. An introduction to West African percussion ensembles.

This is an introduction to styles of drumming, typical rhythm patterns and layering that are West African in origin. It's not a collection of faithful transcriptions of actual West African drum pieces, but it is based on or patterned after traditional ensembles that will enable players to later learn authentic transcriptions or begin an in-depth study.

Includes preliminary clapping exercises to facilitate playing of polyrhythms; 1 progressive percussion piece in easy-to-follow chart form; how to use instruments you already have; what to buy if you have a budget; basic drumming techniques; stamped Adrinka symbols; and a map of the musical culture areas of Africa. CD included.

For age 10 and up   


  • Drumming Techniques
  • Playing Gankogui and Axatse
  • Signals
  • Charts (Akisombo, Anansi, Sunsum, Akua, Kofi, Aya, Osebo)
  • In Addition to Drumming
  • Equipment
  • Performance Attire
  • Adinkra Symbols
  • Map of Africa (shows musical culture areas)


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