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Alan Tauber 


Friday March 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM 
Friday March 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM 

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177 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02474

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Notation of West African Djembe & Dunun Rhythms

with Alan Tauber, Dircector DrumConnection

Friday March 27, 2015 7pm - 9pm

In a rare workshop, Alan Tauber, master technician of the djembe, shares his expertise in notating African rhythms on the fly!  We will learn to hear a phrase and write it down on paper in a way that will remind you of what you played just moments before. This way, you can have a paper or digital system of keeping track of the music.

The Mystery of Notation - Let’s take the mystery AWAY!  We will use the world-wide standard for notation and embellish it a bit for our needs. We will learn to hear and notate hand-patterns, breaks, solo phrases, rolls and arrangements for the djembe and dunun drums. You may wish to bring a camera or a recording device, pencil/pen, and paper.

You probably won't need your drum, but you may want to bring it anyway. This is not a real drumming evening! This workshop is all about how to really be able to write down what you are playing. It will be fun and focussed work, with instruction and practice time to give you experience with the notation system.

7:00 - 9:00 PM (please be on time:) 

"I am a very beginning drummer, and what you describe is exactly my experience--and I thought it was just me!  After a lesson I would sit in my car and try to remember at least one or two of the rythms and write them down. This was so I would have something to practice during the week, which I would then do religiously. I suggested to my teacher that he provide notation to his students (I even offered to do it for him with my computer), and although open to it at first, he later lost interest in the idea. I would love to find a teacher who thinks more like you do."

Please bring a recorder and maybe a pen and paper or tablet.

Preregistration is encouraged. $30.- (cash - at store before the workshop day, check or credit card) Sell-out chance is high!

To get more info, please call 781-316-8068 or email us ( 

I am limiting this 7-9pm workshop to only 10 students, so don’t delay!

$30.-  for the 2 hour workshop.

We will send you a registration and confirmation email.

Doors will open 15 minutes before class time.

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Alan Tauber Alan Tauber is a gifted percussionist, musician, facilitator and educator who has spent over 47 years sharing his passion for drumming and healing with the community. In 1990 he established DrumConnection, New England's largest hand drumming school located near Boston in Arlington, Massachusetts. More Info >>

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