Sacred Drumming by Steven Ash. The beat of the sacred drum pushes through emotions and intellect, connecting us to our inner selves and the spirits. Let it enhance your life, enabling you to stretch out beyond yourself and reach inside as you feel the rhythm. Begin with the drum itself, how to buy or make one, then give it life by cleaning, blessing and dedicating it. Look into the sacred directions and find out where influences like love healing fall within them. Learn how to use the drum in ceremony and to integrate drumming into your daily existence, to drive away fear, anger and sadness. There's a wealth of Native American wisdom here. Connect with spirit by using the 60 minute CD that comes with this book. Listen and play along with the trance, meditation and healing drumming that you hear. Close your eyes and let yourself go; the more focused you are, the more you'll feel the power of the drum. Oversized paperback, 144 pages.
Christine Stevens Book and CD In this quintessential guide to both creating and facilitating drum circles, noted music therapist and drum circle facilitator Christine Stevens covers everything from key grooves and instrumentation, to the personal side of empowering people and creating transformational experiences through recreational drumming. Filled with practical tools, guidelines, principles, helpful hints, exercises, and even a play-along CD, Stevens' book weaves into one resource the many key elements of what My Generation/AARP Magazine refers to as one of the country's "fastest growing holistic health trends." "Christine Stevens brings together the energy of her drum circle leadership and the healing power of her background in wellness to give us a very helpful book for drum circle leaders, teachers, recreation specialists, religious group leaders, health professionals, business people and amateur drummers." - Dr. Will Schmid, MENC Past President and author, World Music Drumming "This book is a must for anyone involved in or interested in the drum circle movement - from veterans to wanna-be facilitators." - Karl Bruhn, Father of the Music Making and Wellness Movement What you'll learn: . The science of entrainment . The drum circle duality . How to advertise and setup your drum circle . Recommended drums and percussion instruments . Eight basic facilitation cues . Seven essential skills of facilitation . Making arrangements in-the-moment . Facilitation using a melody instrument . Creating sound-scapes with new drummers . How to cover the basics of hand drumming . Starting and maintaining the groove . Designing your program . Facilitating from a place of musical joy! . Creating metaphors and meaning. The Cd features over 45 minutes of play-along grooves to jump-start your drum circle as well as a practice tool to develop your personal percussion repertoire. Christine encompass frame drumming, in her book and cd in Middle Eastern styles, and African drumming styles, not the Native American style.