Universal Rhythms Hand Drumming Classes


There are currently NO classes being taught in Glasgow. Stay tuned for further information.



This is primarily a hand drumming class, although we will from time to time do some stick/hand work and singing too.

We will look at hand techniques for the drums ( Congas, Bougarabou, Goumbe, Kpanlogo and more) and will work on arrangements inspired by my learning from different cultures including the African and Latin Diasporas.

The more I study and play the more I realise what I don’t know.

I’m not nor will I ever be of these cultures and no matter how much I study these rhythms I will never appreciate them from that perspective. I have a deep love  of rhythm in it’s many forms and I aim to combine my cultural learning with my facilitation skills to hopefully create a welcoming and enjoyable environment in which to play and learn.

Please also note that this is not a Traditional ‘Ballet Style’ Djembe group, although we may look at some Djembe rhythms from time to time. There are plenty of teachers out there offering that style for your enjoyment.

My aim is to create a space in which the group’s playing and dynamic is the primary focus and where melody exists within the playing due to the different drum and percussion sounds available. Connecting the players through connecting the parts.

To that end we will also look at improvised/free play/soloing.

Connection through music is our shared goal.

The current class is mostly at beginner/intermediate level but I am happy to welcome more experienced players.

I look forward to playing with you soon.

Paul John Dear

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