Learn to Play the Adungu

The Adungu is an arched bow harp made from wood and cowhide. It is played by both the Alur and Acholi people; the Alur live in Northwestern Uganda and Northeastern Congo and the Acholi live in Northern Uganda. It is a versatile instrument. It is simple enough that a novice may play it with limited musical background and yet a master can make it sound like three or four people are playing at the same time. This instructional book will give you the basics so you can play this beautiful instrument.

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The Adungu is an arched bow harp made from wood and cowhide. It is played by both the Alur and Acholi people; the Alur live in Northwestern Uganda and Northeastern Congo and the Acholi live in Northern Uganda. It is a versatile instrument. It is simple enough that a novice may play it with limited musical background and yet a master can make it sound like three or four people are playing at the same time. This instructional book will give you the basics so you can play this beautiful instrument.

Includes:

Cultural context of music in traditional Acholi and Alur cultures
Excerpts from Music is Medicine: Accessing Wisdom from the Master Within
Written Notation for Melodic and Bass Adungus in two styles, Traditional Western Notation and Modern Box notation
Six Exercises to get your fingers familiar with strings
Access to MP3s for Exercises One through Six and separate melodic and bass adungu tracks for two songs by Martin Klabunde
Access to MP3s for two complete rhythms written by Martin Klabunde 

Table of Contents:

Uganda, East Africa
The Adungu Music in Acholi and Alur Society
Music is Medicine
Tuning the Adungu Playing the Adungu
Understanding Music Notation
Exercises
Songs
Track Index
Authors Bio
Recommended Listening

Martin Klabunde is an author, a speaker, an international musician, and the founder of Collective Awakening. His book, “Music Is Medicine: Accessing Sacred Wisdom From The Master Within,” highlights his dedication to empowering individuals with an intentional use of music and his speaking presentations have inspired many to achieve inner transformations.

A musician at heart since childhood, Martin began touring as a teenager and went on to study music in East and West Africa. After studying with initiated drum masters, Martin became one of a handful of Certified Professors of the Djembe at Mamady Keita’s Tam Tam Mandengue International School of Djembe. In addition to drumming, Martin has also achieved excellence in playing the adungu (bowl harp from Uganda), the akogo (thumb piano from Uganda), and the Australian didgeridoo. As a multi-instrumentalist and a prolific musician, Martin has produced five music CD’s and three meditation CD’s with the specific intention to promote joy, freedom, and love.

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