The tao of drumming

Author: Melvin B
Conference/Journal: 4th World Congress on Qigong & 4th American Qigong Assoc Conf
Date published: 2001
Other: Special Notes: Sponsored by the East West Academy of Healing Arts, 530 Bush Street, Suite 202, SF, CA 94108 , Word Count: 172

This is a rhythm clinic for all instruments designed to make you more aware of the wide-ranging rhythmic vocabulary that can be used in any style of music. You will explore the rhythms of Africa, India, Brazil and the Orient, as well as the rhythms used in jazz improvisation. You will study how master drummers play on top of rhythmic collages and how the separate parts interact to a whole sound. There will be extensive explorations into cross patterns. Learning to relax and breathe is a key element for getting to the core of your inner rhythm, which should always be involved in your healing process. Drawing from Tai Chi and martial arts, the workshop will incorporate the aspect of chi with drums, blending knowledge and energy and musical Qigong. There will be rhythm section sessions exploring the harmonic and melodic aspects of rhythm. Please bring hand drums, shakers, bells, claves and all other rhythm instruments. Also bring notebook and pencil. The workshop is appropriate for all levels from beginners to advanced.