Drum Circle Tips

Drum Circles do not have to be like formal music events. Drum circles are a unique form of organic musical gathering. For me this means 1. try to play with others. 2. if you cannot play with or follow others, either play your own thing, play soft as best you can, or stop playing. 3. if you need to talk, ask or suggest things respecting that just because you cannot play what someone else was playing, does not mean they were wrong.

* one common assumption in drumming is that it must always be “on beat” or straight robotic rhythm drumming. As i have said before, in drumming you can have breaks and transitions. There is no set time a drummer must drum a certain rhythm, in fact a drummer can hit a drum and never repeat or even have a pattern. Again, these are the differences between formal rigid drumming, and informal organic drumming.

As with songs, beats can change suddenly or organically to different tempos, rhythms, and individual pattern tones; and return to come full circle.

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