Drumming as Performance Art
In the Seventies and Eighties,
the Fine Art world was
into Performance and
Conceptual art. Many rituals and
events took place in art galleries.
What I perceived stuck with me.
Now, the performance art with
drumming groups has an element
that previous Fine Art performance
art could not allow it self to have;
spiritual or inspirational content.
I saw a hunger for deeper
content in the attendees at those
performance art events. But the
Fine Art world felt uncomfortable
with that. Now we drum.
Cognitive rhythm exercises
Three note combinations change brain patterning, resulting in a change in the belief system, triggering positive personality shifts. Low note in the center (the downbeat), then the next note out at the edge of the drumhead with the OTHER hand. Then following up with another edge note with the other hand which is hopefully the hand you started with. Then following immediately with another downbeat tone in the middle of the drumhead with the consecutive hand. Never playing two notes with the same hand in a row. After that low downbeat tone with what is probably your less dominant hand, then hit an edge note with the other hand, then final edge note with the opposite hand from which you started the whole sequence with. Repeat in slow time. This creates a flowing cooperation between brain hemispheres, that result in a feeling of well being in the participant. This pattern played as a six note phrase is common in all indigenous cultures as a powerful ceremonial and ritual dance. In America it is the Blues, march music, American Native, also African Rhumba, Afro Cuban, Celtic, Mediterranean, Brazilian, etc. This six beat is the foundation rhythm for the heartbeat. By mastering this sequence of notes, the brain makes cognitive realizations that impact the belief system and behavior. When the brain witnesses its own interference with doing this simple action, it accepts that it has to change itself. That is why it is important to do this exercise SLOWLY, so as not to create anxiety. The feeling is subtle but there can be a sense of the brain smiling.
excerpt: “History of the Groove” book two
Apparently there was only one copy of a mistaken printing going out to Amazon.
If you ordered my book, “History of the Groove” from Amazon make sure it is the right text inside the colorful cover. The guys in the printing department were probably on Ayahuaska when they bound the cover to the text because they sent out the wrong book! The right cover but the wrong insides! (History of Federation of Women’s Clubs). Too weird.