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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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The Alesis DM5 Pro Kit: Practice Quiet Play Loud!

April 9, 2009

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The Alesis DM5 Pro Kit is a complete high quality electronic drum kit.

It delivers professional sound and familiar, comfortable playability thanks to durable, real drum heads. The DM5 Pro’s quick setup and easy portability are complemented by a versatile sound selection. With the DM5 Pro Kit, drummers can practice quietly with headphones, or get as loud as they need on-stage by connecting to an amplifier. The flexibility of the DM5 Pro Kit functions insures that it performs equally well for recording or live gigs.

The DM5 Pro Kit features a self-contained, 5-piece electronic drum set including a dual-zone snare, kick, 3 toms, with ride, crash and HiHat cymbal pads. In addition, the DM5 Pro Kit includes a heavy duty HiHat foot pedal along with an updated, rack-mounted, programmable DM5 sound module with a stunning 540 percussion sounds and 21 pre-programmed drum/percussion sets. Alesis’ proprietary Dynamic Articulation™ feature powers the DM5 Pro Kit’s drum sounds to respond instantly to the force with which a pad is struck, for the most realistic and accurate playback possible.

Step into the world of professional electronic percussion with the Alesis DM5 Pro kit.

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Features

  • Snare, kick, 3 toms, with ride, crash and HiHat cymbal pads.
  • Alesis Professional DM5 module containing:
  • 540 sounds
  • 21 programmable drum sets recorded in 48kHz, true stereo, with ambient effects
  • Single rack space module
  • Dynamic Articulation™ feature allows drum sounds to change volume, tone, and pitch depending on how hard they’re hit – just like real drums
  • Ultra-fast trigger-to-MIDI converter with 12 trigger inputs, 5 programmable parameters for each trigger
  • Natural movement motion cymbals and HiHat controller pedal for realistic open/close control

Specifications

  • Audio Outputs: 4 (2 stereo pairs)
  • Trigger Input Jacks: 12 (each with 5 user adjustable trigger parameters)
  • DAC Bit Resolution: 18
  • Sample Rate: 48kHz
  • Sounds: Over 500; includes stereo samples with reverb, ambience and dynamic articulation
  • Polyphony: 16 voice
  • Panning: 7 position, user programmable
  • Velocity Response: 127 levels of loudness via MIDI or trigger inputs
  • Kits: 21 Memory locations w/defaults permanently stored in ROM
  • MIDI Jacks: In, Out/Thru
  • Headphone Jack: 1/4″ TRS w/variable gain
  • Switchable Footswitch Jack: 1/4″ jack can be assigned to hi-hat or program advance mode
  • Tuning Scheme: Coarse (chromatic) and Fine (cents)
  • Data Input: Data knob, front panel keypad (sound auditioning via velocity sensitive Preview button on front panel)
  • Expanded Dynamic Articulation™: Modulates tone and pitch
  • Power: 9 VAC external transformer, UL and CSA approved
  • Dimensions: (WxHxD) 19″x1.75″x6″
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs.

Includes Stagg DT-25 Drum Throne:

Stagg DT-25 Drum Throne

This single braced drum stool represents great quality and value for money. With an adjustable height of between 600mm-620mm (adjustable in 300mm steps) and between 430mm-550mm when the shaft is reversed (ideal for children), this is a very versatile stool, also ideal for use with pianos.

The padded round seat measures 28cm in diameter and is covered in black vinyl. The 3 sturdy legs feature non slip feet to keep this stool in place