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Free hand drum workshop on Sept. 5

Learn to play the hand drum at a free workshop to be held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Local percussionist Carla Roberts will offer “The Ancient Art of Hand Drumming,” an introduction to the goblet-shaped hand drum called the “doumbek,” so popular in the dance world.

The workshop will be held at Unit 1, 150 Pagosa St.

Carla Roberts has played the doumbek professionally for the last 25 years, and incorporates a variety of techniques and learning styles to make this free workshop accessible to beginners.

Playing the hand drum in a group setting while using basic techniques that anyone can learn has many benefits. Most of all, it is fun to play the exciting, syncopated rhythms that have been handed down over the centuries.

If you have been curious about drumming and all it’s benefits, come and experience the joy and challenge of playing percussion in a group. This free workshop will be followed by ongoing classes on Wednesday evenings, for those who would like to continue learning.

No previous experience is required and drums are available if you do not have one. Bring a drum if you do have one.

The Unit 1 studio is located at 150 Pagosa St., next to Rocky Mountain Knives. It is behind a large purple building, on the same side of the street as the Forest Service office and directly across the street from the Pinewood Inn.

To sign up for the workshop, or for more information, call Carla Roberts at 903-6478.

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