Clave is the Key

(Excerpt from the self-study book entitled Tradtional Afro Cuban Concepts in Contemporary Music Rhythms for Drum Kit, Multiply Congas, Timbales and Bongo, by Arturo Rodriguez – Mel Bay Publications) Clave There are many styles of music in the world that use...

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The Benefits of Drumming

by Project Resiliency The Benefits of Drumming The word rhythm in Greek means to flow. Drumming is a path of healing that guides us into experiencing the flow of our mind and emotions so we may grow to experience more about our soul.   Drumming gives us an...

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Online Drum and Percussion Lessons

Study drums and percussion with me from anywhere in the world and in the comfort of your own home or studio. Private online lessons over Skype or any other on line video chat program is easy to set up and super convenient.  Lessons can include different types of...

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Meditation

A beginners guide to Meditation Back in college, studying physiology in the pre-med program at UC Davis, the competition was fierce.  The intensity of 500 ‘red hot’ students, striving to become the next doctor or veterinarian, invigorated me.  There was so...

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Group Drumming

Learning to play traditional forms of music in a group I believe is the most accessible and quickest way for beginners to start experiencing the music making process. Traditional forms of music requires many people to play in unison in order to complete the drum kit...

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Rhythm Ambassador Programs

It’s hard to imagine a gym full of elementary school children could be so quiet, but when Seattle musician Arturo Rodriguez challenged their listening skills that’s exactly what happened. “The listening skill, that’s everything,” Rodriguez told the students, before he...

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7 Ways Taking Up The Drums Will Improve Your Life

by Alex Morris (Reposted from Lifehack.org) Percussion is an exciting and health boosting activity which is noted by the scientific community for its ability to alleviate modern day stresses. Renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks states in Musicophilia all humans, “can...

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A Brief History of Bembé

(Excerpt from the self-study book entitled Bembe Conversations, by Arturo Rodriguez – Mel Bay Publications) The Roots of Bembé The history of West Africa springs from three main sources — archaeology, oral tradition, and the written logs of foreigners who...

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