Drumming 101 - How to Rock It at Drum Circles

Complete course to feel confident, have fun, and make friends!

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Drum with confidence and rock it!

Learn all the drumming basics to feel at home and confident at a drum circle.

Learn to contribute with comfort.

Know how to communicate and connect with other drummers.

Make new friends and make lasting relationships.

Drumming has changed my life. I will show you how it can add fun and connection for you too!


  • confidence - how to feel at home and play at any drum circle
  • buying - how to find and buy a great djembe
  • friends - how to rock any music party
  • rhythms - how to play 3 major rhythms you can use anywhere
  • safety first - how to drum and never hurt your hands
  • posture - how to drum with energy and stamina
  • melody - how to create clear tone, slap, bass sounds
  • relating - how to inspire people to dance
  • pulse - how to identify and stay on the main beat
  • signals - know the signals that most drummers use
  • drills - 3 of my favorite drills to build speed and melody
You will finish this course knowing how to play safely, make clear sounds, and be confident and comfortable at any drum circle.

Your Instructor

Robert Hensley
Robert Hensley

Founder of Tribal Fire drum jam band, leading events in San Diego, including the popular Trilogy Sanctuary full moon ceremony, and ecstatic events at Eve Encinitas. Professional teacher for 45 years, including West African drumming for the last 20 years. Studied and performed with master drummers: 3 years with Madou Dembele (aka "Petite Madou", winner of the national djembe competition at age 8, and later lead drummer for Babatunde Olatunji), and 3 years with Fara Tolno (former lead drummer for the Guinea national touring group "les Merveilles"). Conceived, financed, and cofounded Rhythm Reference, the complete library of drum parts for 50 popular West African rhythms. Founder of DrumYourWay School of Rhythm, teaching how the joys of rhythm can enhance your life.

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Is this course interactive?
YES. I will be answering all questions and comments posted under each lesson, to help you along the way. I am here for you.

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