July 31, 2016 at 9:24 AM #4542
Feel free to share, ask or answer whatever you want here. Please keep things respectful, and help one another out!July 31, 2016 at 9:24 AM #4524
A very good article on the concept of evil
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/concept-evil/August 1, 2016 at 3:04 PM #4545
Thanks for sharing Kenneth! I created this new topic to house this, and hopefully encourage others to share as well 🙂August 2, 2016 at 2:27 AM #4548
Do I have any control over my membership – can I myself fx delete my account or change password?August 2, 2016 at 6:47 AM #4549
At the bottom of the page there is a small section called “Members Area”. If you click on “Update Your Profile” from there, you can update your password, email, etc.
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For cancelling your free membership, you can use the “Contact Us” form and ask us to do it.August 4, 2016 at 1:12 AM #4558
Anna Antonia BlandoParticipant
I’m curious to know if anyone of you has learned drumming by himself or if has taken something like a professional course. I’m a newbie in music, and don’t ever have a drum of mine. Just tried the bodhran of a beloved friend and utterly fueled in love with the sound of it. I also know that the bodhran seems not to be the common shamanic drum…August 4, 2016 at 3:33 AM #4559
I suggest you go to a drum-shop and try all the frame drums. Or build one yourself – its not so hard. For that you could take a course, and hang out with people, who have build other drums, and get a feel of what you need from drumming and what other people need.
The goal of “shamanic” drumming in modern tradition is two-fold: Personal trance and aiding others with the same. Drum groups can easily become rehearsing rooms for rhythmical showoff, but make a contract with the group, so all know what should happen. Fighting with ego in drumming is (also) bad for a beginner.
For personal trance you get to know your drum by striking it (hitting it, beating it – I don’t know the English word) repeatedly in a even rhythm. This monotone all over the skin and the frame and edges of the drum will produce a wide spectrum of sounds, adding great depth to the monotone as rattling in the skin and overtones are produces. The aim here is to find a confidence in your drum, so you won’t have to think about what you are doing. Play, play, play, love your drum, and it will love you back. Some times you will come back from having disappeared into the sound, into trance, without memory of anything. But over time you will find your own balance between being aware and just being there, in sound.
When aiding others you have to be somewhat “aware” in order to give others a rhythmic monotone to travel on. Aided drumming is more “playing” the drum, making choices for the sound of the monotone (where to produce the sound on the drum during the session). You can never entirely let go because of your responsibility to the others. Here you can talk about technique. About learning to play. Knowing your stick. Knowing the variations possible on your drum.
If you listen to drumming travellers from around the world, you will hear some who are very strong and forceful and some who are very light, close to silent. Some are very rhythmical and some quite erratic. Some use bells and other “rattlers” attached to the drum, hands, feet or elsewhere. Some play deep drums, that reverberate in your body, some very high pitched drums, that wrinkles your skin, and some play drums, which a musician would say were broken, as the skin is in tatters and there is hardly a “drum sound”, when it is being hit.
This is quite important: There is no RIGHT drum. There is only YOUR drum. The sound that you need. YOUR way of letting go.
Play your drum. Play it much. Don’t push yourself to brilliance or “knowledge” or “trance”. Enjoy your drum. All your feelings are your feelings. They don’t come from the drum. They come from you, because you give your body and senses something meaningful to do, as your inner you goes back or forth in time and space.August 4, 2016 at 4:10 AM #4560
Anna Antonia BlandoParticipant
Thanks Kenneth for your wonderful answer. I’ve some “tarantella” drums in my local shop, everyone of them have bells attached so the sound it’s a bit “too much”.I’ll go around to find one for me, as I don’t want to buy it on the internet and prefer to feel physically attached to it before saying that “it’s mine”August 6, 2017 at 2:13 PM #14559
I’ve recently started exploring shamanic drumming after drumming for over 20 years. I’ll say that having professional training as a music student is something hard to break out of now that I’m drumming with a new purpose and focus. So starting out as a “newbie” is actually wonderful! As Kenneth has said, and I completely agree, find a drum that is right for you. I’ve begun using my bodhran and I love it. I will probably adopt another frame drum at some point just because I tend to do that.November 7, 2019 at 2:11 AM #41275
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