The Hansen Method

The complete advanced technique to playing Djembe
(And other hand drums)

Advanced Djembe Technique in action

There are 2 highly important, vital elements that every Djembe note has in common -
1)The fingers are NEVER bent
2)The *mcp Knuckle makes contact with EVERY Note.
(*That’s the big knuckle that connects your fingers to your hand)

Learn how to separate your Tones and Slaps 'Once and for All' - and Forever!

Let me ask you - “have you been playing Djembe for at least a couple of years - maybe even ten years - with some instruction but still not really getting that separation of your Tones and Slaps”? Not quite reaching that next level?

This Advanced Djembe Technique class I’m offering will answer all your questions and more - even in just one class. I can assess what refining you need to do within your existing technique. The rest is “push-ups” so to speak. One must spend the time to develop muscle memory - but once you get it - you’ve got it! Repeat - repeat - repeat!

AND - If you don’t Love the way your drum sounds when you play by yourself - then chances are you’re not going to play it. Not for long anyway. The only way to achieve solid technique is to practice on your own so you can hear yourself. This class will improve that so much that it’ll always be fun to play wether with folks or solo!

It’s simply about being “Mindful” when you drum. This means paying attention to your hands and telling them what to do. I have that info. This class is for those that have been playing for two years or more and with some instruction. You’ll need to know you’re Right from your Left so to speak.….

Make your Slaps Sparklier - your Tones Thuddier, and your Basses Bigger to fill any room.
See you at the Circle!


* Playing each rhythm is like a brand new experience and I have fallen in love with playing my drum all over again. ~Lisa Goebel / kindergarten teacher

* Gregg’s Advanced Technique class has not only been fun, but I feel like I have really improved my technique. He has given us some very specific directions on differentiating between tones and slaps. Terri Pollock / elementary science teacher

*I have learned many arrangements and hand patterns over the last 2.5 years. This Advanced Technique class has taken those rhythms and made every note I play 10 times better.

-Staci Herrick / consultant

* I’ve improved my technique so there’s a greater distinction in sound for the three notes, and my hand, wrist, and arm positions prevent fatigue. - Lisa Capaldo Halbert / writer

* I am able to join in and contribute to our drum circles and performances with confidence. I can’t recommend the "Hansen Method" highly enough. - Sylvia Eichmann / artist

* I can see and hear the difference from a few months ago! Since my goal is to become a better djembe player, Gregg's technique classes are what I need! - Gale Beckman / retired consultant

* I have been playing with my drum for 10 years. Now, having used the advanced “Hansen Method”, I believe I am finally playing my drum. In fact, I am almost to the point where my djembe is playing me. - Steve DePlato / retired consultant


"Hand Yoga of Djembe Drumming"" - w/Gregg Hansen

These exercises can improve your Djembe drumming in less than two minutes a day - you don't even need a drum - Yet!....

FREE 4 Week Course

Learn how to isolate the three parts of your hand that make the three notes on a Djembe Drum in this FREE four-week course so named the "Hand Yoga of Djembe Drumming

The Djembe Drum is by far the most popular hand drum no matter what kind of drumming you like to do: Drum Circle, Trance, Meditational, Ensemble or Traditional West African. Being able to play all three notes makes everything more fun. And it's fun we're after, right?

This is a FREE four-week course of two-minute exercises to be practiced three times a day for a week. Anyone, anywhere and anytime can do these exercises to isolate the three parts of the hand for Djembe Drumming. Stretching joints and muscles as in yoga, is known to be vital in the maintenance of a healthy, pliable body. However, stretching the hands and fingers are so often overlooked. Your hands and fingers will love you for it whether you play a hand drum or not.

Making good notes on a Djembe Drum - Bass, Tone and Slap - is not a miracle or magic. It's muscle memory and mindfulness along with the correct information.

This FREE four-week-course will get you started. Once you've connected with the three areas of expansion/extension then the application on the drum can truly begin.

PRESCRIPTION: include this simple two-minute exercise in your life at least three times a day no matter where you are. You can do it while watching TV, waiting in line, eating, cooking, taking a walk, even soaking in the hot tub. It's good for you!

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