Ryan Taylor-Spirit Drummer

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The Art of Hand Drumming and Improvisation-Create your own style!!




THE ART OF HAND DRUMMING:


- Learn basic playing sounds (bass, tone and slap) and other techniques for the hand drum, in lap and free-hand styles


IMPROVISING MADE EASY!:


- Everyone is a Drummer. Learn fun approaches to improvising and creating your own music!
 

DRUMMING 101:


 - Learn the basics to drumming, various elemental and healing rhythms, freestyle drumming and blasting solos as well as how to improvise, proper drum care, and the mystical stories behind the drum and it's power!


WORLD RHYTHMS :


 - Learn about different rhythms from around the world – from additional countries such as Haiti, West Africa and the Middle East.


SPIRITUAL DRUMMING PRACTICES


- Learn Spiritual-infused rituals that you can do with drumming that can result in bringing dynamic transformation, calmness, grounding and inner peace into your life.





Spirit Ecstatic drum and dance event

Drum Circles have many numerous health benefits as mentioned below and are a blast too!

Just what is a Drum Circle?

A community drum circle in the United States is a noisy and fun, family friendly event, where people come together in order to share their spirit by entraining rhythmically as a percussion ensemble. They empower each other in the act of celebrating community and life through rhythm and music. People of all levels of musical expertise come together and share their rhythmical spirit with whatever drums and percussion they bring to the event. Everyone who comes and participates has something to offer the circle, and any one is welcome. 


The spirit and magic of rhythm expressed on drums and percussion instruments cuts through all ages, sexes, religions, races and cultures. "Rhythm," as Gabriel Roth says, "is the mother tongue." Rhythm is a universal language known to every one, even the youngest child, if we can just "remember." So in a very objective, yet beautiful way, an interactive rhythm event puts us all on an equal footing with each other and brings us closer together. 


People of all levels of musical expertise come together in a community drum circle and share their rhythmical spirit with whatever drums and percussion they bring to the event. They don't have to be a drummer to participate. They don't even have to have a drum. They can play a plastic water bottle turned upside down with the neck cut off. They can shake a soda can with rocks in it or hit two sticks together. It is enough that they are in the circle and participating. 



Stress

 Blood samples from participants of an hour-long drumming session revealed a reversal of the hormonal stress response and an increase in natural killer cell activity (Bittman, Berk, Felten, Westengard, Simonton, Pappas, Ninehouser, 2001, Alternative Therapies, vol. 7, no. 1).

 

Depression

 Stanford University School of Medicine conducted a study with 30 depressed people over 80 years of age and found that participants in a weekly music therapy group were less anxious, less distressed and had higher self-esteem (edman, Healing Power of the Drum, 1994).

 

Cancer

 Subjects who participated in a clinical trial using the HealthRhythms protocol showed an increase in natural killer cell activity and an enhanced immune system. While this does not indicate a cure for cancer, such results may be of benefit for those facing this disease. (Bittman, Berk, Felten, Westengard, Simonton, Pappas, Ninehouser, 2001, Alternative Therapies, vol. 7, no. 1).

 

Alzheimer’s Disease

 According to Clair, Bernstein and Johnson (1995), Alzheimer’s patients who drum can connect better with loved ones. The predictability of rhythm may provide the framework for repetitive responses that make few cognitive demands on people with dementia.

 

Parkinson’s Diseases and Stroke

 Rhythmic cues can help retrain the brain after a stroke or other neurological impairment, according to Michael Thaurt, director of Colorado State University’s Center of Biomedical Research in Music. Researchers have also discovered that hearing slow, steady rhythms, such as drumbeats, helps Parkinson patients move more steadily (Friedman, Healing Power of the Drum, 1994).

 

Chronic Pain

 Chronic pain has a devastating propensity for progressively draining quality of life. Technology and pharmacology are falling short of the mark needed to improve quality of life and reduce pain, according to Dr. Barry Bittman in the Pain Practitioner. (Lingerman, H. 1995, Music and You. In the Healing Drumming is a primal compulsion. Whether it is done with the fingers when nervous or when tapping out a beat on the radio, drumming is a natural human impulse and one that is growing in popularity among all age groups and abilities.


DrumSong! A Primal, Tribal Dance and Song of Awakening!

Hey all! Let's share an enchanted and intimate evening of music, song, & dance! This evening's event will showcase live ecstatic drumming with Afro-Caribbean chanting to the Divine. A drumsong, call and response interactive night. We can't help but dance and celebrate this joyous occasion once the drums kick in and the Chante LwaYo (Chanting to Spirit) raises out of our sacred voices. This is a kirtan style event with an African twist. You'll love it and the energy will definitely raise in you!

Bring a pillow for the relaxing songs and your dancing feet for the ecstatic beats & your singing voices!

I can't wait to share this exciting and close family style event with you all. Small group drum circle to close the night. Extra drums on hand or bring your favorite drum!


 We'll start with a brief definition of the songs to the Afro-Caribbean Deities and explanation of their individual divine love. How singing and celebrating in honor of the Deities raises their and our vibration, solidifying a connection to them and increasing our inner awareness. The drums pound and call the energy out of us to call us to respond in movement and song! A gathering of offerings to the Sacred Divine opens the event. A small altar is constructed where each of us can feel free to leave our offering of love to Spirit and the community.


Community altar at DrumSong

Parties, Events and Functions

A Drum Circle would be perfect for your next event!


We do all types of parties, indoor/outdoor, or at your nearby park or beach. We can accommodate your needs.

  • Birthdays
  • Graduations
  • Pool Parties
  • Block Parties
  • Barbecues
  • Weddings
  • Schools
  • Corporate Events


Groovy Chops!!

These groups are for our senior citizens. Helps with stress, depression anxiety and immunity. It's also a great physical exercise and stimulates the mind. An enjoyable and uplifting experience.


Beats of Recovery

These groups are to help people with substance abuse and emotional trauma. Recovery circles help in finding your true self, access to a higher power, alleviate isolation, get connected with others, achieve a different outlook on life.


Lunch and Drum

For people who work in high level stress positions, sales, administrative workers, etc. Alleviates stress, helps with communication, team building, improves productivity by creating a positive work environment.


Childs Play Rhythm Circle

Children coming together.
Gives kids self confidence, helps concentration and focus, creative communication and listening skills. When kids are involved in creative activities they learn how to see life from a different perspective giving them options. Helping them to achieve their goals.


A Drum for Everyone

Parties and events
$200 per hour

Corporate and Team Building events start at $500.00 per hour

(Fees include; travel, loading, utilizing equipment, breaking down of equipment)

*Price varies on distance and size of group

For booking info contact
Ryan Taylor
Email – spirit.drummer@yahoo.com
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*Cancelation Policy- Please note: Same day cancellations will be charged in full
Please note that we will make every effort to accommodate you.

In return we ask that you provide us with enough notice if you need to cancel a party

or session so we can book another event.

Please provide us with 48 hour notice for parties and events.

Please provide us with 24 hour notice for private class sessions.