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“Busy” is the buzzword of today, between work and family and the pursuit of happiness, we are all trying to keep motivated and get it all done. Unfortunately, being busy all the time can lead to stressful living, and many people just can’t figure out how to break the cycle and still keep the motivation going in a positive, beneficial manner. Imagine, however, during those stressful times of life, having the ability to take 10 minutes off to reset your mind and body without medication. With a djembe or other hand drum, your mental relief may be just what the doctor ordered to reduce your stress.
Drumming is a natural way to reduce stress levels, as it provides both a mental and physical release of the negativity, frustration and overwhelming feelings of being “busy.” Through drumming, you are given the ability to take your stress literally into your own hands, beat out a favorite rhythm, and get your mind back into the game. Drumming allows for the “in the moment” experience needed to clear away stressful thoughts and the physical activity needed to release stress in a positive, healthy manner.
Drumming is also fun, creative, and can be a unique way to find like-minded people in your community. Since stress can be relieved through mindful activities like drumming, or just through the sharing of interests and hobbies, drumming on a djembe while alone, or with others, increases the ability to shed the immediate cares of living, and let loose with that inner vibe just waiting to get out.
Stress is inevitable in life, and many people struggle with the negative effects of living in a constant state of being “busy.” Yet, there are simple, life-enhancing activities that can easily relieve the burdens of stressful living. Drumming on a djembe drum or finding a new passion with a cajon or set of bongos can increase anyone’s ability to stop stressing and live life to its fullest.
A cajon drum is the epitome of “fun in a box,” especially where hand drumming and percussion is concerned. These drums keep popping up in the acoustic performances of favorite bands, as well as in drum circles and other community settings. Cajon drums may best be known as percussion instruments for Flamenco music, which is why it is perhaps [...]
Encouraging a love of rhythm and music in a child may be the first image of what beginner drummers need to succeed, yet, age has nothing to do with exploring drumming and rhythm. Kids often represent the potential of the future, but, they are not the only beings able to learn a new hobby, especially drumming. Adults aren’t often considered beginner [...]
You finally took the plunge and hit up a drum circle with a friend… and you were hooked. You were part of the rhythm, the community of drummers, and you were even able to sample a few different drums and hand percussion instruments. You are so in love with the drum circle vibe, you know you have to go [...]
When you play your drum, be it djembe, congas or a kit, how tempting is it to slouch over? Resist the urge! Proper posture is the first step to playing with the professionals. After the news of Phil Collins' retirement from drumming as a consequence of back surgery to repair dislocated vertebrae injured due to poor [...]
This post is by guest blogger, Jim Greiner, an internationally renowned, award-winning percussionist, community drumming leader and educator. Group drumming is one of humanities oldest, and most universal, ways to energize and focus groups, build community bonds, enhance communication skills and to celebrate important events. During the two years I spent drumming in Africa, I was profoundly [...]
This week, Phil Collins, legendary drummer from both Genesis and his own solo career, announced that, as a consequence of surgery to fix damaged vertebrae that became dislocated during his tenure as a musician, he will never play the drums or piano again. Collins is incapable of holding drum sticks or curving his hands to [...]
When built according to traditional standards, every element of the djembe is rife with spiritual significance. Each piece of the drum holds the spirit of its maker; the wood of the body, the skin of the drum head and the workmanship of the artist who made the drum. By using all three spirits in harmony, [...]
"Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. Everything and every human action revolves in rhythm." - Babatunde Olatunji Babatunde Olatunji was a Nigerian man who moved to the United States in the 1950s. Though he attended Morehouse College and New York University to work in medicine, he fell in love with [...]
Hand drumming is an ancient art form, and the conga is no exception. The term 'conga' is an American translation for the Cuban drum term 'tumbadora'. Popularized when Latin and salsa music made its way into America, the conga drum is an easy to enjoy instrument. Anyone who picks up a conga drum will [...]
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