With hand drumming, much of the time devoted to rhythm is within a group setting, where drummers play off each other, creating a symphony of drum beats, slaps, rattle shakes and a variety of sounds. Hand drumming, however, can be more than a chance to relax with friends, or raise awareness for a cause. Hand drumming is one of the best ways to find one’s musical self through drum solos.
Drum solos are not just a chance to show off drumming skills and be the center of attention. Drum solos are showcases for a drummer who is charged with rhythm and has an undying need to share those beats with others. A drum solo is also more than random rhythm at the whim of the drummer, a drum solo requires creativity, harmonics, and an incredible sense of timing as the solo bursts forth from the group and then weaves its way back into the overall drum sound, once the solo has ended.
As with most group activities, a drum soloist may wish to check with any other members about the solo itself. Drum circles can be simple, casual gatherings of friends, or more complex drumming sessions with healing or wellness intentions at the core. Depending on the type of drum circle, a solo may be inappropriate, stepping on the rhythmic toes of the other drummers. Most of the time, however, a drum soloist is a welcome addition to a drum circle, where the encouragement of all drummers is one of the main goals of such gatherings.
A drum solo can be a powerful expression of creativity, talent and even togetherness throughout the drum circle. Enhancing the sound of a drum gathering, a drum solo can take on a life of its own, while still keeping the rest of the beat energized and alive. For the soloist, finding a natural rhythm that flows within the group and creating a new layer to the sound can be one of the most exceptional experiences of a drummer, and for the entire drum circle.