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Didgeridoo for Beginners

The Didgeridoo is a wind instrument originated by indigenous Australians. Although no one can determine its exact age, it’s speculated to have come about approximately 1,500 years ago. People from both Australia and all around the world still play the didgeridoo today.Traditionally, the didgeridoo came about through a natural process, which included termites hollowing out [...]

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Why Drumming is so important to Humanity

Drumming tears down barriers, and bridges gaps between culture, language, gender, age andrace.Provides opportunity for people to congregate who otherwise may not congregate. Helps buildcommunity.Increases awareness of other people.Builds team work and cohesiveness.Collectively energizes everyone.Provides an “In the moment” opportunity to listen and respond.Increases focus, clarity of mind, stimulates the senses, and energizes the spirit.Inspires, [...]

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Steps to Becoming a Drum Circle Facilitator by Kat Fulton

Watch below as Kat Fulton, certified music therapist, outlines steps to becoming adrum circle facilitator. You can learn more about Kat Fulton and her various projects at www.rhythmforgood.com

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What's the Difference Between an Ashiko and a Bougarabou Drum?

Aside from the obvious differences in shape, an Ashiko and a Bougarabou will drum have differences in sound as well. Read below to learn the unique sound qualities of each and see which might be a better fit for your percussion collection.AshikosAshikos are actually part of the djembe family. Like djembes, they’re usually headed with [...]

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How to tune a Djembe Drum Using a Pry Bar Tool

Before tuning djembe drums with the Mali Weave, it’s important to remove as much slack from the rope runners as possible. This can be accomplished through the use of a specialized djembe drum roping/tuning table and a welded pry bar tool made for the specific purpose of tightening roped djembe drum heads. Often times tuning [...]

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Djembes In the Classroom

Djembe drumming is increasingly becoming a classroom activity that encourages team building and community. Hand-drumming has historically been used to communicate across long distances between tribes. Now it can also serve as a great tool to bridge the barriers between students in the classroom; allowing them to connect and relate in a truly inspiring way.At [...]

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The Didgeridoo For Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea, is a common sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing momentarily lapses during sleep. These pauses in breath are caused by an over-relaxation of the tissue in the back of the throat, which prevents airflow from going into the trachea. Aside from the immediate unpleasant effects of gasping and choking [...]

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The Talking Drum

The talking drum is widely considered to be one of the oldest instruments in West Africa and can be traced back to the Ghana Empire. Talking drums were mainly used by West African griots, who still exist today as storytellers preserving the oral tradition and history of their villages and families. Griots were essential to [...]

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Udu Drums (African Clay Jug Drums)

The name Udu stems from Nigerian Igbo language, meaning “pot” or “vessel.” The clay jugs were traditionally used to carry water, however when a second side-hole was accidentally created (likely by falling impact) the Udu’s musical implications were discovered. By quickly hitting the side hole with the palm of the hand and closing the top [...]

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Djembe Drumming for Seniors

The djembe is quite possibly one of the most versatile instruments around. Not only can it span music genres, but the act of djembe drumming itself also transcends cultures, ethnicity, and age. Since we’ve already discussed drumming for kids, today we’re going to touch on just a few of the reasons why drumming benefits seniors [...]

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