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Rhythms are pervasive in the life of indigenous cultures, originating in the ancient past as soon as branches were used to create beats on wood and rocks to accompany human song. Incorporating the origins of rhythms into percussion practices preserves the original spiritual and cultural foundations and enhances the goals of the percussion and the music.

“Arthur Hull, the leading facilitator of drum circles, presents empowering lessons and insights on the essence of drumming, rhythm and pulse. Lessons include how to create the basic tones, strokes and rhythmic patterns on African style drums, plus making in the moment music with drums, voices and clapping” (See Amazon link above)

As Arthur explains: 

“Life’s rhythms, expressed through drumming, dancing, and singing, are interwoven through many cultures all over the world. These expressions permeate many aspects of people’s work, play, and worship. People use dance and music to preserve and access the history, wisdom, and spirits of their ancestors.

Rhythm is a natural part of the expression of a community functioning together in harmony. There are some cultures that don’t have words for “lets go drum” or ‘let’s go dance” or “lets go sing.” They say “Let’s go do it!” It is a holistic expression of their joy and vitality, celebrating life through drumming, dancing, and singing combined.

Drumming and music are the heartbeats of many village communities throughout the world. Through their interdependent relationships with each other, the people of communities form living, breathing, economic, social, spiritual entities. In this kind of village everyone has a part to play, making the village healthy, wealthy, and wise. …

This use of music as a village glue has been going on since the earliest known forms of civilization and permeates nearly all cultures on the planet, especially those cultures that use drums and percussion as tools to come together and celebrate.” *

* Hull, Arthur. Guide to Endrummingment, pgs 20-21. S.l.: Alfred Pub Co, 1994. Print