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    Without the demand of intonation, learning a key system (keyboards, reed instruments) or developing an embouchure, etc. Drumming can be basically 'gotten' and accessible fairly quickly.

    The fact it might help you 'get more basic' is a plus -- many of us are in a state of 'mental monkey chatter' over things already past or that we can do nothing, really, about, so this helps us get away from all that.

    Too, if you are doing something 'basic' and steady pulse for any length of time, that is a fundamental principal in all sorts of meditation, including Buddhist chants. There is a sort of concentration in which you can still get in an 'unconscious groove.'

    I believe you have found a medium which allows you to meditate, 'still the mind,' and it is well-known to refresh.

    Tabla is next :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetrB View Post
    Too, if you are doing something 'basic' and steady pulse for any length of time, that is a fundamental principal in all sorts of meditation, including Buddhist chants. There is a sort of concentration in which you can still get in an 'unconscious groove.'
    "Basic" is the key, I think. It touches something very fundamental. I can see that drums are widely used in religious ceremonies - especially steady pulses over extended period of time to get into a meditated state.

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    Vibrations have healing powers.

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    You are concentrating on something, and have chosen (percussionists, do not please jump me and beat me up here) perhaps one of the instruments with the quickest access of them all to have it near immediately 'sound like something.'

    The concentration, no matter how distracted you think it may be, is also an open door in to a meditative / Alpha state, where you 'stop thinking,' including about those things from work which you might otherwise still be haunted by once home and away from work.

    Too, if your job is a lot of sitting, you get to work out both accumulated aggression and nervous energy.

    If you go to a drum circle, or (as there is in my town from spring through late autumn) fire juggling with a collective drumming jam, you become at one with many, and that instills the same feeling of community some may get from attending church, synagogue or temple.

    Winds and strings are probably the most torturous instruments for an adult 'who cares' to pick up, because they all take quite some time to sound even a little good (which is one reason piano is the second 'quick pick up' instrument from the percussion family -- hit a wrong note and it is still in tune -- for many.

    I am reminded of that line of Maude's in the film Harold and Maude, where when Harold answers her that he plays no instrument, she says, "Dear me, everybody should be able to make some music." I agree with 'her,' and whether it is bongos, snare drum, tambourine, a porcelain globular flute (Asian folk instrument), it is "good for you."

    The Greeks assigned their God Apollo with two main attributes: MUSIC, and HEALING. I'm thinking they were right :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetrB View Post
    You are concentrating on something, and have chosen (percussionists, do not please jump me and beat me up here) perhaps one of the instruments with the quickest access of them all to have it near immediately 'sound like something.'
    As a former percussion teacher, let me tell you that you would be surprised.

    Playing the drums is relaxing. Relaxing is, to a certain extent, good for you. Of course there are associated health risks:


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    Quote Originally Posted by ahammel View Post
    As a former percussion teacher, let me tell you that you would be surprised.

    Playing the drums is relaxing. Relaxing is, to a certain extent, good for you. Of course there are associated health risks:

    Yes, it could lead you to decide to change careers to Physics!

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    If you're playing bongos, you're going to need considerable healing powers to recover from the beating you'll experience from your neighbours.

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    I haven't played a while. I now have a dog and am curious to see how she would react to my bongos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couac Addict View Post
    If you're playing bongos, you're going to need considerable healing powers to recover from the beating you'll experience from your neighbours.
    someone playing bongos nearby would certainly encourage me to get off the sofa and do some exercise

    I had too much, far too much, of drum solos when I was a kid listening to Prog Rock!
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    The vibrations produced by drums undoubtedly have healing power, provided a soothing tone is played. However, some people are also healed by dynamic tones because they are energizing.

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    Drums was my first instrument and I played only drums for many years. I still do but have branched out since then. But one thing I notice is that I never had stage fright as a drummer. I always felt completely in control of my craft and knew what I was doing. I was happy to go up onstage and play. As a guitarist, bassist, fiddler, etc. I get stage fright all over the place. And even after many years of playing these instruments onstage, I still get stage fright. It has never lessened one iota.
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    There is a documentary about the work from the recently deceased Oliver Sacks where a guy treats patients with LaTourette syndrome. This man has the affliction himself and found that drumming and percussion made it more easy to cope with the condition.
    So maybe not actual healing, but the drums and percussion sure have its use here.
    I'll see if I can find the documentary on Youtube.

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    Found ! Musical minds, the savant pianoplayer is amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opus55 View Post
    I've come to believe there is healing power in playing drums, more so than other instruments I've played - guitars and piano. Perhaps because drums are more primitive musical instrument?
    No. It's because you're getting more exercise playing bongos or drums verses guitar or piano.

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