One of the most common enquiries we receive from first-time drummer is:“Which sized djembe is best for me?”. If you’ve aren’t sure which drum is best for you, or if you’re buying a gift; you have come to the right place.
Choosing the right sized drum for you is important, as making the wrong decision could affect your enjoyment of the instrument. Drums are measured in terms of their diameter. Here we look at the different sized drums for sale, to help you chose the right one for you:
5” - 6.5” Handheld Djembes
Our entry level handheld djembes are great for beginners and young children. They’re big enough for you to learn the basic notes, but small enough to carry around and store. Teenage and adult beginners may find the head of this drum too small though, so should consider the next size up.
If you’re looking for an instrument for school or street performances, these handheld drums are ideal. They’re lightweight and easy to play on the move. Like the rest of our range, all instruments in this size are hand carved and intricately finished.
8” – 10” Small Djembes
The next sized drums are best suited to slightly older children, and smaller teenagers. Approximately 16” in height, our smaller 8” – 9” djembes are again great for use in schools and street performances. Adults will probably find the head a little small for their hand size, but may find it appropriate as a travelling drum.
Our 10” models are approximately 20” tall, and ideal for smaller adults. The perfect sized drum is one that’s head is just above your thighs, while the base of the drum is resting on the floor. You don’t want to strain your back or arms while playing so getting the right size is important.
12” Medium Djembes
The most common size for adult males is our 12” djembe. This drum allows you to play comfortably when sat down. You should be able to relax while playing, and reach all parts of the drum head. Players should be able to hit full notes with both hands, so make sure you choose the right sized drum head.
If you are going to play these drums in drumming circles or outdoor performances, we’d recommend investing in a djembe strap. This will allow you to play the drum to the best of your ability with both hands. It will also lessen the strain on your back from carrying the instrument.
13” Large Djembes
If you happen to be taller, or prefer a louder, deeper sounding djembe, you would probably have the best success with our largest drums. This drum is often 25” tall so would not be suitable for children and beginners.The only drums available in this size are part of our Pro Africa range, which are naturally better suited to the more experienced player.
Making the Right Choice
To give you a better idea about the different sized djembes, and the differences in tone, check out the following videos:
Large Djembe Drums - Pro Africa Ivory Coast Djembe with 13" head:
Medium Djembe Drum - Jammer Black Swirl Djembe with 12" head:
Small Djembe Drum - Jammer Tribal Black Djembe with 9.5" head:
Small Djembe Drum - Jammer Rough Bark (Natural)Djembe with 8.5" head:
If you’re not sure, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re always on hand to help you out!