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How to Play the Dundun Kuku Rhythm

Learn how to play the dundun kuku rhythm from the musicians at Wula Drum in this Howcast video.


This is how to play the DunDun part for the rhythm Kuku from Guinea West Africa. The DunDun accents and it plays off the beat and inside Kuku you have many variation but we're gonna keep it very, very basic today just so you can get hold of the rhythm and be able to repeat it.

The bell starts on 1, hitting the DunDun plays after 1. So if I say 5, 6, 7, 8... I start on the bell, ka, ka and then I hit the drum with the bell. I say 5, 6, 7, 8... And it's really not a lot of notes on the DunDun at first, the basic pattern rides with the bell 5, 6, 7, 8, 1... 1... 1. - A little faster 5, 6, 7, 8, 1. - Hear how is feels a little syncopated? Let's try it a little faster. 5, 6, 7, 8, 1... 1, 3, 4, 1, 3, 4, 1.

Traditional Kuku he DunDun player will look at the dancer and actually improvise a little bit. So I;m gonna play a couple very simple variation, but if you get confused you just stick with the basic pattern. 5, 6, 7, 8, 1... Now... Again, nod every time.

And can even get even more creative. 1, 2, 3, 4. - And you just have fun, relax, and this is how you play the DunDun part for Kuku.

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