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years old or 90, you can join us in the Rhythm Centre's Village Drum
The concept behind Village Drum Circles is based on inclusion, no matter what the race or nationality. Music and drumming span all cultures and nationalities.
"no experience necessary - it's completely free"
There is a basic agreement in these kind of
events that each person in the circle is there to share their rhythmical
spirit and personal energy with the community that is present. With
this kind of group conciseness, even a large drum circle can be a very
powerful, yet intimate experience for everybody as they create unity
in their community by drumming together. The musical part of any drum
circle will take care of it's self, if every player is there to share
their spirit and have fun. Life is a dance.
Village Drum Circle events of any kind are about dynamic interactive musical and personal relationships. These relationships happen in any rhythmic group event and are based on a simple set of unwritten guidelines. When adhered to, these guide lines can help direct the group of players to their highest musical potential.
In culturally specific circles, unwritten guidelines have been developed through centuries of ancestral evolution. They can also apply to any contemporary western version of a drum circle, from a "freeform" drum-jam to a facilitated community rhythm event. These unwritten musical and personal relationship guide lines are contained within what we call Drum Circle Etiquette.
To most drum circle regulars, these guide lines are just nonverbal agreements everyone adheres to in order to create a fun and exciting musical experience together.
Below are my standard Drum Circle Etiquette suggestions for playing in most community drumming environments. Using these suggestions will help you comfortably merge into an ongoing drumming circle with out being obtrusive. By adhering to these Drum Circle Etiquette guide lines you will make the drum circle experience more enjoyable for yourself and those around you. You will then be a fully participating and contributing member of an in-the- moment called a drum circle.
:: Don't wear rings, watches or bracelets while playing hand drums. This protects the head on the drum, as well as the drum itsself from the metal. It also protects your hands.
:: Ask permission before playing someone else's drum. For some drummers their instrument is a very personal possession. Also if some one gets up and leaves the circle to get a drink or go to the bathroom don't immediately jump in and take their seat. In some drumming communities the drummers will put something on their seat, cover their drum with something or lay their drum on it's side to signify that they will be back.
:: Listen as much as you play. By listening to what's going on in the circle as you play, you will have a better sense of how you might fit into the groove that is being created.
:: Support the fundamental groove that you hear in the drum song being created in the circle. You don't have to be a rhythm robot and hold down
the same part all night long. There is plenty of freedom with in the fundamental groove to experiment with, while expressing your rhythmical
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