Mali Weave originates from the Mali empire, it was a tuning
system developed by the Drum Makers and is centuries old.
The knot description below is referred to as pulling diamonds.
It is a zig-zag method that makes a S or a Z formation between
the verticals based on the direction the diamonds are traveling
around the bowl of the drum. I recommend that people tie off
a row of diamonds compared to spiraling around the drum. I
also think that once a row of diamonds is tied that you should
start the next row of diamonds in the opposite direction.
I will gladly answer all questions concerning tuning in person.
I hope this helps!
you are coming from the east heading west... North is where
the skin is tensioned between two or three rings...
Before you start the Mali weave, you need to make sure the
vertical lacing is tight...
from the top lacing, count two verticals...
go over two....
up through the middle....
it down, and back under the first two you went over traveling
in the same direction....
Pull out the Slack....
Turn your drum so you don't fight the lacing and pull your
Repeat the process....
Not sure if you need to tune your drum? Take you index finger
push the center of the head of the drum, if it flexes you
need to put some diamonds into your drum. A tuned drum allows
you to easily make the three separate sound from a drum, the
bass, the tone, and the slap....
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