This video shows how I use fast, complex drumming rhythms to reduce sound sensitivities.
Sound sensitivity falls into two categories:
1. General overwhelm. Too much auditory input and competing sounds, such as those at a restaurant or school cafeteria, often result in shutting down or lashing out due to the inability to filter for important sounds.
2. Aversion to specific sounds. Certain sounds, such as that of a vacuum cleaner or blender, often elicit negative responses due to their specific frequency, intensity or volume.
Both require a progressive set of rhythms, tones, and levels of intensity and volume to help the nervous system learn to process and tolerate them.
You can read more about the studies I talk about in this video here:
I’m excited to announce that I have a new drumming course: Drumming the Chakras.
Drumming the Chakras explores the spiritual side of drumming using the chakra energy system as a point of reference. This 5-week, 10-module course is a deep-dive into rhythms and techniques that stimulate, open, and balance the chakra system and auric field. This course is also a deep-dive into how to use drumming to access your spiritual power.
I also provide a ton of meditations and exercises to help you discover the nuances of how your chakras are running and how to optimize them for your personal growth.
In this video I share a simple technique that people with ADD or active minds can use to get into their deepest meditations. Unlike the age-old 4/4 techniques that work for everyone else, adding rhythmic complexity and novelty helps the active mind successfully reach a deep meditative state.
In this video, I describe what tempo and types of rhythms are needed to entrain the brain to the alpha state of conscious for calming or focusing. I also play my trusty gonga drum to demonstrate how three different alpha tempos feel.
If you are interested in playing a drum yourself, alpha tempos can be achieved with the following metronome settings (when you play 4 drum beats for each click of the metronome):
8 beats per second = 120 beats per minute
9 beats per second = 135 beats per minute
10 beats per second = 150 beats per minute
11 beats per second = 165 beats per minute
12 beats per second = 180 beats per minute
As with theta tempo drumming rhythms, the faster you play the more variable (unpredictable) the rhythmic patterns need to be.
Traditional drum healing techniques all use tempos within the theta range. This video explores the nuances of the various tempos and describes ho to approach entraining with drumming rhythms and compares this to how REI entrains to the alpha state.
You can learn more on how to play the drums therapeutically at drumhealing.com