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    Default Do drums have healing power?

    I bought a bongo set from a local music store couple months ago. Once I got home, I watched a few youtube instructions then just started playing it without any serious intention of getting good at this. I've been playing few times a week, while watching movies or sometimes even while listening to classical music.

    I work full time and sometimes work gets stressful. After work, I play bongos for 30-60 minutes and it seems to relieve the stress.. sometimes by a lot. Whatever was bothering me on the way home, I would forget after 5-10 minutes into playing and I'm in much more positive mood. Each time I play I'm surprised at the endless possibilities of sound and rhythm.

    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?

    Please share your experience/knowledge playing other types of drums, especially hand drums.

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    Bongos? Well, Maynard Krebs always seemed pretty healthy.

    Last edited by KenOC; Jan-29-2013 at 06:54.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Bongos? Well, Maynard Krebs always seemed pretty healthy.
    Just looked up Maynard Krebs He looks happy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by opus55 View Post
    Just looked up Maynard Krebs He looks happy.
    Just looked him up??? Don't they teach important stuff in school any more?


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    In 1999, TV Guide ranked Maynard G. Krebs number 22 on its '50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time' list
    Never seen him before

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    Getting back to the actual topic of the thread:

    Playing percussion instruments satisfies me on a different level than other music. There is nothing obscure about the pulse of music. The increments are simple. When you solo, you just go into an improvisational trance, coming up with combinations and permutations, giving yourself a kind of electric jolt with every syncopation. You go to war with the sound world, giving it feints and counterfeints, endless development and freshness along with similar elements. There are sections to return to, like when you are accompanying someone, but it can always be new. They have to play the same thing again when they return to a section, while you can come up with something different that still makes perfect sense.

    This reminds me of a video reference I made in the current listening thread:



    They seemed like they were in a trance, using the same beat which the japanese drummer playing the big drum played at the start (it's a japanese festival beat), but endlessly exploring, somehow constantly generating the new and the brilliant without thought.
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    If the guy living below me played bongos he'd need all the healing powers he could get.

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    They must because I can be tired as all then play a three hour set on the drums and come out feeling refreshed and alive and great!

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    It's a short step from slapping taut animal hide for stress relief to punching kittens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    If the guy living below me played bongos he'd need all the healing powers he could get.


    Quote Originally Posted by kv466 View Post
    They must because I can be tired as all then play a three hour set on the drums and come out feeling refreshed and alive and great!
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    It's a short step from slapping taut animal hide for stress relief to punching kittens.
    There's certainly a great amount of satisfaction in slapping the animal skin, yes. Three hour set? My wife will probably slap my facial skin!

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    The two videos here are giving me inspiration to play but it's almost midnight. They're both excellent performances.

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    Well, certain elaborate Monochords do according to some folks:

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    I think that you may be on to something, opus55, because this performance caused me a similar feeling:

    "Perhaps only genius really understand genius."
    – Robert Schumann

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    Of course, there's always Zakir Hussain's gem, my favorite solo of his and one of my favorite tabla solos ever:

    There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.
    Nahj ul-Balāgha by Ali bin Abu-Talib

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