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Don't you know which are the towns that your djembe needs? Don't you know someone to help you?
In this blog I am going to tell you about your cudiados and oils that your djembe needs.
The djembe needs respect and care to maintain the high quality of the sounds and their components. If you learn to take care of your djembe, it will serve you for years. The life of the skin and the rope will depend on the frequency of the drum and the level of care.
It is essential that you store and transport your djembé only in a special case so that the falls and the blows do not have a strong impact on the base and the leather membrane. Wood (if not covered by lacquer) and animal skin are leaking materials that take and leave the water when the weather changes. Goat skin changes significantly with temperature and humidity increases, since it is thinner and softer than the skin of other large animals.
When water is absorbed, skin cells expand, which increases the total area. That is why the drum tightens and shrinks in the high humidity atmosphere. If the wood does not dry properly, the cracks in the body of the instrument are deep. Do not leave your drum fixed in a car during a hot summer day and do not place your djembe near the heater, especially if the instrument comes from the cold! Otherwise the skin may break!
Keep your djembé with love, avoid prolonged contact with direct sunlight, water, damp earth, additional heat and cold.
While transporting, protect your drum from scars and bruises by placing it in a case. If a djembe gets from one climate to another, take some time to adapt before playing the drums. Some small cracks in the body that may appear while using the djembe instrument can be easily repaired at home.
Some natural oils from trees and vegetables become resin after a while inside the wood, reinforce the wood grain and, more importantly, prevent the body of the instrument from getting out of the water. Flax and teak oils are like that.
Soak the body of the djembe instrument with several layers of these oils, it can reach the same level of protection as when using polyurethane lacquer. As a result, the sound is becoming richer in harmonics, warmer and more natural.
Shea and coconut oil are good for the care of the surface of the djembe. They do not become resin, but they moisten the surface of the wood, maintaining the necessary characteristics for a good sound quality. If your djembe has already been soaked with oil, it is recommended that coconut or shea oil be used to create an additional waterproof membrane for the djembe, to protect it from cracks and to highlight the natural beauty and grain of the wood.
Note: if your djembe is covered by lacquer, you don't need to soak the wood with oil! On the other hand, if the drum is soaked with oil, the lacquer will not be put on it. When the wood dries and small cracks begin to appear, it is time for other moisture and nutrition for the wood. To achieve the best processing result, make sure the wood surface is clean and dry. Coconut or shea oil is extracted with a brush or cloth. Wood will drink more when its holes open and the oil is more liquid.
Put your djembe in the sunlight for a few minutes to warm the surface of the wood, and then leave the instrument in the sun for several hours after processing. The wood will suck up and hold more oil. After finishing the procedure, remove the extra oil with a clean cloth and then repeat this process several times to keep the wood firm and healthy.
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In the next blog we will talk about small skins and the different types of this.
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Having a Djembe is one of the best things that can happen to you in life, since in it you can find a friend, a passion and a way in which you can be really free.
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