Otto Gumaelius

Marimba Music From Southern Africa

Otto Gumaelius is a London based, Botswana raised, performing artist & teacher of southern African folk music on the marimba.


Private / One-on-ONe African Marimba Music lEssONs


Private Marimba lEssONs

Whether you've played African music on the marimba before, or you're a total beginner, private marimba classes are a great opportunity for you to focus on exactly what you'd like to learn, and to do so at your own pace.

I run private / one-on-one classes every Sunday at Saint Peter's North Community Centre in Bethnal Green, London, but can also bring the instruments to you - which I can do any time, any day.

Private lessons cost £15 an hour - excluding travel expenses if I have to travel to you. All ages and musical abilities welcome! Advance booking is required.

Marimba Lesson Set Up

I teach by ear, the traditional African way, enabling learners to more freely engage their senses, and be present in the music as a whole. You'll get the chance to learn parts on the soprano, tenor and/or baritone marimba. Lessons are typically one to one-and-a-half hours long - but can be tailored accordingly. No previous experience or knowledge of playing the marimba or of African music is required.

 

What Will You Learn?

The repertoire I teach includes music and rhythms from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana primarily, with material from other parts of Africa too. This includes original compositions, folk songs and contemporary covers. 

To add depth and dimension to the music, I can also include a bit of traditional call-and-response singing, with the option of also learning how to play hosho patterns using traditional Zimbabwean shakers, clapping patterns, drumming and dance movements where relevant and/or desired.

 

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