How to Repair Your Djembe Drum

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A djembe drum head needs to be tightened periodically in order to get the best sound possible. Repair your djembe with the help of a professional drummer in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Roman Lomtadze. I'm the drummer from the band called Send the Sages, here in Los Angeles, California, and today I'm going to show you how to repair the Djembe. Our Djembe head, our drum skin can get loose, and that basically means that it's not correct, there is something wrong with the Djembe. So, we want to make sure we bring it back and tighten it up, and we do it by those strings we have right here, and we are going to, we have to find the edge of the string, the end of the string, or it could be a beginning. And we can, we should find the loose parts of a string, like, let's say this one is loose, and we need to tighten it up and tighten it up another one and another one and another one, and we go on and on and on like this around the Djembe. And we basically are going to end up where the end of that string, that twine is, and it's a really heavy duty thing, so you won't break the string. You won't break the twine, and when we get to the end, we basically tighten it up really strongly, and when you're at the end, you tighten the end up and you're basically done. When you are at home, you can use a drumstick. It can help you to get those twines really, really tight because it's really heavy duty. So, we basically put the drumstick into the twine and wait. We do it like that, and now we've got it in our hands, and that's how we go to other, other parts, and when we come back like I said, we're going to end up, and basically we're going to find out where the, where the last string is, last twine is, so we're going to pull it really hard and basically. And we're going to pull it really hard, and the Djembe drum should be, should be tuned back how it was before. Unfortunately, if you break, if you break, if you break the head and it's broken, you just have to replace it. There is no way to repair it. You can duct tape it or something, but it won't sound well. So, if it's broken, you really have to buy a new one, but if it's just loosened, you can fix it by the system I just showed you. I'm Roman Lomtadze, and this is how I repair my Djembe drum.

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