Got Rhythm? Wanna Get Some? Try Hand-drumming Classes!

The Suncoast Sand Fleas - A Ukulele Club
The Suncoast Sand Fleas - A Ukulele Club
Public group

The Rhythm Inlet

2301 Tamiami Trail North · Nokomis, FL

How to find us

North end Nokomis, Tamiami Trail, west side, across from Mama Leone's Restaurant. Our neighbors are The Breakfast Cottage, Silent Sports, & On Board Paddle. Turn west onto Lychee Rd to access the parking lot, visible from Tamiami.

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at The Ukulele Place at The Rhythm Inlet, Nokomis
8 Wednesdays: February 26 ~ April 15; 7-8:30pm

A great way for ukulele players -- & other instrumentalists -- to develop their rhythmic skills & sense of timing while playing with others, is to learn to play the most popular hand-drum, the West African Djembe.

Played with both hands, & in a simple, whole-handed technique, it's the perfect drum for beginner learners. And who else to learn from, than with Barbara Gail of The Rhythm Inlet!

Barbara’s been on a 4-year, semi-sabbatical from teaching while developing several new creative projects, & hasn’t offered djembe classes in 3 years! Due to requests at The Ukulele Place, she’s returning to teach this one time.

(Jeff encouraged her to post it here on the Sand Fleas Meetup site, as he knows there are some ukers who've been wanting to strengthen their rhythmic abilities.)

With a focus on teaching proper hand technique & interlocking rhythm patterns, Barbara masterfully & sequentially brings you to finding your place in the beat, & your class to playing as a multi-rhythmic ensemble!

Perfect for raw beginners, drum circle enthusiasts, musicians seeking rhythmic training, & folks with some exposure to drumming who want instruction with a solid foundation.

Welcome adults, motivated teens, & youth ages 10 & up with instructor permission. No musical experience needed. Group rhythmic entrainment is relaxing & energizing, & a positive experience for all!

Pre-paid registration required! FMI & to Register:[masked].
A minimum of 12 people are needed in order for the class to fly!

Weekly Series: $150 in advance, or $165 the day of, cash or check; includes 8-Class Series, & a take-home, play-along 2-CD set.

Wanna check it out first to see if it’s right for you? Register & pay $25 in advance, or $30 the day of, for the first night of class.*
*If you choose to continue, your balance for the series is due before you leave, & your total tuition will remain the same.

Need a drum? Bring $3 cash each week for an in-class drum rental, or BYO tuned djembe, bougarabou, or ashiko drum.

Your Instructor:
Barbara Gail, BA Ed., is co-owner of The Rhythm Inlet in Nokomis. She’s a teacher’s teacher & seasoned master instructor to djembe students, for pre-teens to eighty-somethings, since 1996.

Barbara refers to herself as a "Rhythmist". As group facilitator she's served as a Pied Piper & Ambassador of Rhythm for over 25 years, spreading the joys of rhythm & movement, hand-drumming & dance, to people of all ages, abilities, & challenges, over 2 thousand times, in schools, conferences, retreats, & community centers, in her dynamic, 'edu-taining' performances, classes, & programs.

Though she plays & has taught numerous hand-drums & percussion instruments professionally, the Djembe was her first love.

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