About the author of Roots
Gray is a writer, musician and teacher who has
been drumming since 1990. His popular Roots Jam rhythm books and instructional webpages
have helped beginning, intermediate and performing drummers understand
and play traditional African-based rhythms since 1996.
Nowick has studied djembe and dunun rhythms in West Africa and elsewhere with master teachers including Babatunde Olatunji, Famoudou Konate and Mamady Keita. He has arranged the music and played dununs and lead djembe for West African dance classes and performed with various dance troupes and drum and electric bands, including Victoria BC's Masala and Kikeyambay.
DjembeRhythms.com - Home of Roots Jam drum rhythm collections and lesson books
Nowick Gray online discography
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About Roots Jam Rhythm Books...
Jam is a compilation of hand drum
rhythms that is well presented, with an easy-to-understand-and-use
notation that appears to be gaining some acceptance as a standard
for hand-drum rhythm notation. This foundation has allowed me,
a beginner, to use Roots Jam as one of my primary instructional
books. I highly recommend this book to any one who hand drums.
Rice, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Roots Jam 2...
a monumental effort! Combining theory, rhythms, scholarship, personal
research, exercises and philosophy as well as technically combining
text and audio examples. This is a comprehensive, readable and
affordable reference for over 80 African rhythms and 40 others.
The book also contains a new and important contribution; the identification
and classification of generic rhythm patterns.
--Jean Vaucher, Montreal
here to order Roots Jam.
wonderful to find your web site and be able to see the notation.
I have been a drummer all my life, primarily on the kit, and more
recently on the hand drums. I have begun to collect hand drums from
various regions, djembe, talking drum, doumbek, clay bongos from
Morocco, native america, kayum (gourd drum), and have had the best
time sitting around with my children or by myself playing the rhythms
of my soul. I listen to Babatundi, Airto, and Mickey, among a host
of others, and have tried emulating their rhythms, but have always
felt that I was missing something. Your site has helped me to begin
filling in the blanks in my playing. Thank you for doing this.