Username:    Password:    Remember me     Signup




Remember me

[ Signup ]
[ Forgot password? ]

Guests: 1
Members: 0
On this page: 1
Members: 2258, newest: arkadio81

You must be logged in to post comments on this site - please either log in or if you are not registered click here to signup

bullet petedrum
08 Jan : 18:05
Hi, I'm moving away from Sussex and Kent area and wondered if there was a good djembe teacher in West Kent area who could take over my two active drum workshop groups. One is in Hadlow, the other is in Westerham. please email me asap. Thx, Peter - thedrumcoach

bullet RobFergo
14 Jul : 09:58
Liver Drummers class in Liverpool. Contact Rob on 07835423839 or email LiverDrummers@hotmail.com

bullet suzie5609
30 Apr : 16:30
Hi, does anyone know of djembe lessons in the Pembrokeshire area of Wales? I took lessons in India and am keen to pursue

bullet Iris Vera Utrilla
11 Apr : 09:25
Hello, I am looking for a good teacher/classes in North London. Does anyone know about someone? Thanks!

bullet ivita
13 May : 14:03
hello - does anyone know of a good teacher / good classes in London?

bullet johndrummercoach
29 Dec : 22:46
Hi there! If you're in Bagshot, would Farnham be a reasonable distance for you to travel? I give small group drumcircles. And even some latin percussion to boot if enough people want it.


John Overton
07780 195848

bullet johndrummercoach
29 Dec : 22:44
I'm running djembe and latin percussion workshops in Wrecclesham, near Farnham from January onward.
£10 per session for the regulars and £12 if you're dropping in.
Call John on 07780 195848.
Please bring own djembe / other percussion instrument.

bullet odita
20 Oct : 20:58
Djembe group Liverpool.
Wednesday evenings.

bullet Jayne
27 Sep : 14:41
After having drummed in the beautiful Spanish Hills with my bro, I returned and bought myself a djembe drum! I am in Bagshot, Surrey and would love to jam and learn with others in the local area! Anyone interested and local to me then please do get in touch!

bullet terryl
19 Sep : 13:08
Anyone know where i can buy a decent djembe drum ...i'm in Romford in essex..

Djembe.co.uk -> Forums -> Questions & answers Tuning, Mali weave, skins etc.
<< Previous thread | No next thread  

 How tight the skin should be... how to know....

Moderators: Admin djembe.co.uk, Jill
Author Post
Mon May 18 2009, 08:58PM Quote
Registered Member #829
Joined Wed Apr 15 2009, 07:49PM
Location: Mexico
posts 1
Hi everyone, my name is josh I live in mexico and have had this question since i started making djembes.

I guess like most djembe makers i have popped a few skins in the tunning process. I'm recently working on a djembe that i luckly got from mali and wouldnt like to pop the sking again neither leaving it too untense.

I would like to know if someone can advice me on how much to strech the skin... how should it sound....how to know when to start aplying the mali weave or if only with the sets of verticals a fine tunning can be fulfilled, etc....

Also if someone could please tell me if it is possible to upload photos so i can share the whole reskinning, bottom rubber mounting and tunning processes i will be more than thankful


[ Edited ]
Back to top
Tue Oct 15 2013, 08:13PM Quote
Registered Member #1545
Joined: Tue Oct 15 2013, 07:54AM
Location: Scotland
posts 7
Hi there,

When initially building, it's normal to tune using the verticals and only start a couple of diamonds to make it easier to continue tuning later.

I think the best way to test the tension is to press in the middle of the skin with your thumb. There shouldn't be too much movement of the skin, just a little. I also like to check the sound with a couple of hits as I'm tuning, every 2-3 diamonds, because you can hear when a djembe is still too flat.

There is no correct tension to have, however. It's down to personal preference. Some people prefer a more mellow sound, others like a good sharp slap. The thicker the skin, of course, the tighter you can tune it. Personally, I would always err on the side of caution and with more experience you become better at recognising how much further you can take it before the skin goes.
Back to top

Jump:     Back to top

Date / Time


Djembe.co.uk sponsers

All trademarks are © their respective owners, all other content is © e107 powered website.
e107 is © e107.org 2002/2003 and is released under the GNU GPL license.
Render time: 0.0650 second(s).