Frequently asked questions

Do I need a djembe to play along with the drumming?

For anyone just starting out, you can still have some fun and make music without djembe. However, if you want to practice your technique and really feel into the sound quality of a djembe it is better to have your own djembe. There are plenty of second hand djembe’s available or you can even rent a djembe at certain drum shops. Each and every djembe sounds different so it’s best to go into a store and try some out before you buy one.

Do I need a djembe to play along with the drumming classes?

For anyone just starting out, you can still have some fun and make music without djembe. However, if you want to practice your technique and really feel the sound quality of a djembe it is better to have your own djembe. We have reasonably priced djembes at our shop so you can purchase one today. 

How do I know what is the djembe right level for me?

As a basic principle anyone who has only been playing for a few months should stick to the beginner level. If you have already played other musical instruments, particularly other drums you might find that you can quickly progress into intermediate level. Advanced level is for anyone who has played for a least a year and can comfortably play in various time signatures at a fast tempo.

Can kids join in?

Absolutely! Our djembe lessons are targetted at kids over 10, however dance and mindful sessions are for all ages. We are in process of developing our Creativity program for kids of all ages!

Can I cast videos to my TV?

Absolutely, if you have an external Chrome Cast you can watch on your TV, or you can plug in your laptop to watch.

What is a practice hat for?

The practice hat is essential to play at home if you live with others or have neighbours near by! It quietens the sound without reducing it so much that the notes can’t be heard. A fantastic way to practice without annoying anyone.

How do I join classes for well-being?

Our site is designed so you can access classes on demand and follow the suggested class structure. Each month we are also planning to run live classes (also recorded for future viewing). 

What size drum should I buy?

If you have never drummed before and just want to try it out, a small djembe will be fine. A larger drum is slightly more comfortable for your hands and will set you up for the future if you plan to take your drumming to the next level.

How much is shipping?

Shipping in Australia is free. Worldwide rates vary. 

What is the warranty on products?

All of our African hand drums are covered under our 5 Month Graduated Warranty – this includes all djembes, dunun and kpalago.

What Isn’t Covered?
What is not covered under warranty? Breakage caused by irresponsible use or accidental damage caused by the customer (like an axe through the hide or dropping from height).We reserve the right of discretion when assessing the condition of returned drums.

What is your returns policy on products?

We want to make sure that you are absolutely happy with your purchase.
We pride ourselves in ensuring the high quality of our products, and will repair, exchange or refund a faulty product when:

  • The product has not been misused, physically damaged or neglected
  • You have proof of purchase.

We will assess the condition of returned items before providing a repair, exchange or refund.
Products must be returned to us in an unused (as they were purchased) state.

Change of Mind Returns

If you’ve changed your mind about a purchase, we can offer a refund or a credit note when:

  • You return the item within 14 days of purchase for musical instruments, or within 21 days for all other items.
  • The item is not an instrument played by the mouth, a DVD, or a gift voucher.
  • The item must be in a new and unused condition and has not been misused, physically damaged or neglected
  • You have proof of purchase;

Please Note:

  • Sale and second grade products are not eligible for a refund or exchange (except if faults are apparent)
  • The purchase price will be refunded to you, excluding the full delivery costs incurred by Mind the Beats.  Any bank/ PayPal fees will also be deducted from your refund.
  • Customers will cover all return delivery costs, and postage charges on your original order are non-refundable. Please note that Mind the Beats is not responsible for returned items that are lost in transit.
How long does shipping take?

Australian Customers

We use Australia Post for most items and a courier for over sized items. Orders are dispatched from our premises in Melbourne.
To view Australia post terms and conditions please visit the AusPost website.
Please note: As per AusPost regulations, special delivery instructions cannot be accepted.

Regular / Parcel Post: Estimated delivery time is 2-5 business days.
Express Post: Estimated delivery time a few business days.
Due to Covid, Australia post no longer guarantees next day delivery. However, express post remains a faster option than standard delivery.

International Customers

Yes – we ship worldwide!

Standard delivery service for items up to 20kg.
Estimated delivery time : 3-10 business day delivery to metropolitan areas of major cities.

Plus Sized Items

Plus sized items, such as dundun and Kora, will be sent via courier. These special items need special attention; we’ll work out a courier option for your location.