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Vintage Neon Art on Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

Syncopation as an antidote to depression

Syncopation as an antidote to depression

Modern society has been programmed to march on the downbeat. Stay in step, do what you’re told. This is reinforced with march music. Marching is flatfooted. It’s on the downbeat. There is no syncopation. It is a way to keep everyone’s mind focused on the mission of the culture. This is inherited from the dark ages where it was a sin to feel syncopation and to dance. When we feel syncopation – Just one upbeat – Our body wakes up and starts to move. When our bodies move in rhythm we heal. We throw off stress and the restrictive inhibitions of mass culture. Our survival thinking is based on fear. Our inability to feel syncopation-the upbeat- is based in fear and shame. So get in the groove, feel the upbeat and share it.

Here is a simple exercise to discover an upbeat syncopation for the people who do not feel the upbeat very clearly. First of all, play five notes on the drum and feel the downbeat on the “one” and the “five” and keep the downbeat  steady and repeating so that the critical mind feels safe and sure of it’s ability to perform this simple task. Then take away the last note, but keep the same groove going. You will feel a pulling where that last note should be. You are now feeling an upbeat, a syncopation. It starts to swing. Notice that you might even begin to smile. This is the quickest antidote to anxiety and depression I have found.

Tuesday Night is Skype Drumming Night

7pm Pacific time Drumming live on Skype @ Russell Buddy Helm

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Christmas Grooves

Wes Brasse’s Cafe Christmas in Gulfport, Fl.


Grooves for the times: Drumming to dispel depression

Seasons 29 annual Holiday drumming on Montana Ave in Santa Monica

Turkey Grooves

Drumming as Performance Art

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.