We have developed a series of tutorials to help you learn the kora, all available to buy below. They are suitable for a variety of abilities as each tutorial includes the basic kumbengo (main riff or repeated pattern) as well as a variety of breaks and variations. You do NOT need to be able to read music as all tuition is verbal and with an animated graphic.
Learning to play the traditional Mandinka repertoire takes many hours of practice. Things need to be repeated many times, and the beauty of a well-made video tutorial is that it can be played, replayed and paused at will. It is infinitely patient and will always play the same thing, which for an experienced kora player is surprisingly hard to do, as they improvise and extemporise all the time; it is the nature of the music and the tradition.