For me drumming has opened up a whole world of possibilities. As a form of self-expression, connecting with other, and stress relief, drumming is invaluable. Participating in drum circles helps build community, and gives the participant a great sense of joy and self-worth. As both a facilitator and participant, I have seen the magic happen again and again as egos are placed aside, and the group surrenders to the groove.
I was first introduced to world percussion as a college student in Florida, playing bongos and congas to accompany acoustic musicians at open mic jams. I later got serious about the djembe, and took years of lessons with teachers from Africa and US. I also discovered the doumbek and began to play for belly dancers. For drum circles my drum of choice is the djembe with its expressive range, deep bass tones and sharp slaps.
Drumming has been used for centuries by so many cultures to bring people together. Joining a drum circle is a great way to tap into your own rhythm and music. A hand drum is probably the easiest musical instrument to learn, making it accessible to all ages and abilities. I recommend taking a few lessons with a qualified instructor to get the basics down, then find your own groove, and let the rhythm flow.
I own over a hundred drums-several doumbeks, 3 djembes, congas , bongos, frame drums, tambourines from various cultures, tablas etc.. You could say I am a drum addict (or aficionado)!
We may be enablers, but, a drumming addiction is pretty awesome in our eyes! Thank you for sharing your story with us, Frank! Drummers, tell us why YOU love drumming and drum circles! We'd love to share your story, too!