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Drum Circles = Drum Therapy:The Therapeutic Effects of Drumming

June 19, 2009

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Drum therapy is an ancient approach that uses rhythm to promote healing and self-expression. From the shamans of Mongolia to the Minianka healers of West Africa, therapeutic rhythm techniques have been used for thousands of years to create and maintain physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Current research is now verifying the therapeutic effects of ancient rhythm techniques. Recent research reviews indicate that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system and produces feelings of well-being, a release of emotional trauma, and reintegration of self.
Playing within the context of a drum circle is truly an example of the concept of teamwork at its highest level. As the rhythms come together and grow, we quickly realize the need for trust and dependence amongst our fellow drummers. So many of the lessons we learn in the drum circle can be directly applied in our homes, our schools, our workplaces, and our lives.

We learn to relax.

We learn to let go.

We learn to lead when necessary, and follow as needed.

We learn to focus intensely at times, and to just feel our way along at others.

And we learn how–without balance and harmony–the slightest hint of discord can send the whole thing spiraling out of control.

These are important lessons. The beauty is that, when learned in the proper environment, the actual learning process becomes invisible. The transition between these elements is seamless and transparent, and the concepts become as natural as breathing. Not the individual rhythms, of course–many of those take years to truly master–but rather our awareness of ourselves and our role in the bigger picture (in the circle and in life).

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Rhythm for a Healthy life : using rhythm for relaxation, meditation and healing

HumDrumStrum now offers workshops and courses aimed primarily at allowing you to use an African-style hand drum as an aid to relaxation and meditation. We cover basic hand drum techniques, understanding rhythm, playing multi-part rhythms in a group, improvisation, finding rhythms to play on your own and meditative drumming.

The workshops specifically provide you with the knowledge and confidence to play your drum both on your own for relaxation and meditation and with a group at a drum circle event (where the focus is on ‘music-in-the-moment’ rather than playing culturally specific rhythms).

We live in a vibrational universe where playing a drum can really help us to relax, de-stress and connect with ourselves and those around us.

Health benefits of drumming: the healing power of the drum

As well as the numerous benefits of drumming that are associated with empowerment, communication, confidence, community and team building, the drum has an amazing ability to facilitate healing and therefore there are also many health benefits associated with playing a drum and participating in a rhythm-based event.

Rhythm-based events:

  • enhance psychological and spiritual well-being
  • enhance physical well-being
  • enhance social relationships
  • enhance sensory awareness and physical dexterity
  • improve self-esteem, self-confidence and personal development

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Check out the following new article from the BBC:

Check out the following link from the BBC, where a new study suggests that drumming sessions at work can help reduce stress and lower staff turnover:

Drumming up a happier workplace

Other interesting articles (please click on the title):

Therapeutic effects of drumming

The voice of the drum

Sources:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3507109.stm,
http://www.humdrumstrum.co.uk
http://www.humdrumstrum.co.uk/health.html

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Dolphin Music’s 2008 Top 10 Xmas Gifts ‘n Gadgets

November 19, 2008

Christmas time is here again, and Dolphin Music has decided to highlight 10 very desirable products that we think will  be a success this year???

 

Meet the ultimate palmtop guitar companion and recording studio. Only slightly larger than an iPod, the tiny-yet-powerful Micro BR is a dream for musicians on the go. The Micro BR offers four simultaneous playback tracks (plus 32 V-Tracks), MP3 compatibility, onboard multi-effects, built-in rhythm patterns, a tuner, USB, an SD Card slot, and more. No guitar case or gig bag…
 

Pocket POD® exhibits all the celebrated features and pro tone that makes POD a standard in recording studios everywhere. Don’t be fooled by the smaller package, Pocket POD is packed with over 300 custom presets dialed in by some of today’s hottest rock stars like Maroon 5, P.O.D., 311, Hoobastank and many more.

It’s no secret that Mackie makes some of the most popular and award-winning professional studio monitors in the world. Now that uncompromising monitor design expertise is available at a musician-friendly price with the TAPCO S·5: desktop studio monitor with rich, accurate sound. What does the “S” in “S·5” stand for? Try “smooth,” “satisfying,” and “superior” to everything in their…

The ultimate software and hardware solution for bridging the analog world of vinyl and the digital world of computer audio files. Using regular turntables or CD players, you can scratch and mix files from your Mac or Windows XP computer’s CD or hard drive, add in a live mic input for scratching, and even bypass to standard vinyl if you wish. Scratch LIVE is the complete digital solution for the vinyl junkie — take your entire collection wherever you go and leave your precious vinyl at home!
Introducing the amPlug – the headphone guitar amp that lets you enjoy serious guitar sound, fast. Jamming late at night? Don’t want to wake the neighbors? Maybe you want to work out a lick with your MP3 player without taking the time to set up your amp. You want to play guitar right now. amPlug is the answer.…

Great songs begin with great ideas. Capture all your revelations, epiphanies and inspirations the moment they strike. Inspiration Insurance Inspiration is spontaneous, and BackTrack™ + Mic is your guitar’s instant replay button. Easy to use, BackTrack + Mic captures everything you play without ever hitting record. Always on, BackTrack + Mic begins recording as…

The Vocal Set includes a hand-held transmitter with a dynamic capsule, cardioid and a diversity receiver. The transmitter is exceptionally comfortable to hold and provides a lively and assertive sound. Features 4 switchable UHF frequencies for interference-free reception Absolutely safe transmission Diversity Technology for highest reception quality Adjustable Squelch for undisturbed operation Receivers…

Fantastic `All in One’ Portable Karaoke, roughly the size of an iPhone! Take it to parties, camping or wherever else you need some good Karaoke fun! Bring people together, have fun and showcase your talent anytime, anywhere! This is a full function karaoke player, except for a difference – it fits in your pocket! The best karaoke player around? You bet! Supports voice recording, Nintendo games, and much more!

The Oxygen 8 v2 is an updated version of the mobile MIDI controller that started the mobile studio revolution. You get a fully functional MIDI keyboard with great action, plus eight MIDI-assignable knobs to control any MIDI parameters you desire in your hardware or software. It’s perfect for composing on the go or performing live bass lines and pads…

Roth Audioblob 2 (White) 

The new Roth Audioblob2 multimedia audio system is an idea partner for PC or Mac based music/multimedia systems.

And coming soon watch out for…

The JamVOX is an integrated monitor and software system that extracts the guitar from any MP3 and plugs you into the mix of their favorite bands. JamVOX gives guitarists instant access to dozens of legendary amps and effects all in one easy to use “drag and drop” software interface. Revolutionary Guitar XTracktion (GXT) technology lets you remove the guitar part…

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Free your music from your Computer

November 4, 2008

You already have a large amount of Mp3’s and downloads on your PC right?


But every time you want to listen to a song you have to either hook up leads equipment and listen to it near your computer or transfer it to an external device or disc. Not always an ideal situation.

Imagine having your PC as the central brain and having separate modules in every room ’streaming live ‘ from your own music collection.
Imagine having it stream to 30 or so different locations (zones) in your home.

Well it seems It’s easy to move your music around your home network using a media extender.

Learn how to free yourself from cables and start streaming your tunes!


Sonos have  a system called the Bu15 which can do just that.

Play any song. In any room. From anywhere.

Sonos™ is the first and only digital music system that lets you play all your digital music, all over your house – and control it all from the palm of your hand. Best of all, you don’t need a PC in every room, a music server or a wireless network. Just a Sonos™ ZonePlayer, speakers in the rooms of your choice and a Sonos™ Controller in hand to access all your digital music, no matter where it’s stored – on your PC, Mac or Network Attached Storage box.

SimplySonos have had experience in using and installing Sonos™ from the outset of product availability, so we have the expertise to help you with your own installation in order that you gain maximum enjoyment from it.

Source: Sonos’ own website