Posts Tagged ‘drums’

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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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Become a better drummer. Alesis E-Practice Pad

May 6, 2009

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Become a better drummer.

The Alesis E-Practice Pad is the fun way to learn and practice the drums. This electronic drum pad has 65 different drum sounds, a built-in metronome with six different sounds, and more than 50 practice games and exercises. The E-Practice Pad is way more fun than you can have with a standard practice pad. It feels great, it sounds great, and it gives you a full range of dynamics from the lightest touches through the loudest accents.

Just plug in your headphones and play silently or plug into an instrument amplifier or your stereo system and jam with other musicians. When you’re not using the E-Practice Pad as a traditional practice tool, you can mount it on a standard cymbal stand or snare stand and use it on your drumset to expand your range of sounds.

Unlike a standard pad, the E-Practice Pad has an advanced metronome built in with six different sounds and the ability to play nearly any note value or subdivision in the time signature of your choice. On top of the metronome, the e-Practice Pad has advanced games and learning features like Beat Check, Stroke Balance, and even recording and playback so you can hear your performances. The E-Practice Pad is an instrument that helps you grow as a drummer, developing your time, dynamics, consistency, and more.

The E-Practice Pad runs on batteries for portability or on wall power with the included adapter. You can add bass drum and hi-hat pedals using Alesis Expansion Pedals or any other footswitch.

  • Electronic drum practice pad with metronome and learning exercises
  • 65 different drum sounds
  • Metronome with six sounds, adjustable time signatures and subdivisions
  • 60 practice games and exercises
  • Natural feel and performance with full dynamic range
  • Headphone jack for silent practice
  • Amplifier outputs for playing with other musicians
  • Mountable on standard 8mm cymbal stand or snare stand
  • Recording and playback for listening to your playing
  • Runs on batteries for portability or on wall power with the included adapter
  • Expandable with optional bass drum and hi-hat pedals
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ROLAND PRESENTS DRUM TUTORIAL SOFTWARE FOR HD-1 V-DRUMS OWNERS

January 28, 2009

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PC software makes learning drums easy for HD-1 owners

Roland Corporation is proud to introduce new drum lesson software for owners of the HD-1 electronic drum kit. The DT-HD1 teaches introductory drum patterns and techniques in ways that are fun and easy for any entry-level drummer.

This new software integrates seamlessly with the Roland HD-1 V-Drums Lite electronic drum kit, which is made with the same revolutionary V-Drums technology used by professional musicians. Incredibly quiet, conveniently compact and affordable, the HD-1 brings quality sounds and ease-of-use to anyone who wants to learn to play drums. The DT-HD1 drum tutorial software bundle includes a USB-MIDI interface and an audio cable, allowing drummers to learn while practising with the HD-1. Players can learn how to perform basic drum patterns from different genres of music, all the way up to playing full songs with a backing track. Users can even load their own favourite song data (SMF) and jam along.

In the Notation Screen, a bouncing ball guides players through the patterns and demonstrates which pads to play and which hands to use when playing a fill. The software also allows drummers to slow or speed up tempos, repeat sections, and select specific pads for playback to help them learn more difficult patterns.
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The DT-HD1 software makes learning drum technique fun, with features like the Game Screen. Drummers play along with co-ordinated falling blocks to obtain a high score, while learning precision, timing, and technique.

The DT-HD1 drum tutorial software is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, and is scheduled to be available in February, 2009.

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Korg’s Nanopad now bundled with Toontrack’s EZdrummer Lite software

December 5, 2008

Toontrack’s EZdrummer Lite software adds great value to Korg’s Nanopad…

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Toontrack have created a special version of their incredibly popular drum sampler EZdrummer which is bundled free with the Nanopad. EZdrummer Lite provides the user with a great selection of drums from the full product and, once registered can be upgraded to the full version for just £59.00 (usual EZdrummer price £99.00).

That’s a drum pad controller and full drum sampler software for £100!

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The  Korg Nanopad is set to become one of the market’s fastest selling USB powered drum pad controllers. Featuring 12 responsive trigger pads plus an x-y pad with roll and flam functions, the Nanopad is already a favourite for David ‘Fingers’ Haynes who used it to demonstrate Toontrack’s product line at the recent Music Live show (see photo below).

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Here is the Nanopadused with Ableton.