Activating the brain for memory and cognitive enhancement can be done two ways:
1. Play pleasingly variable patterns with an unpredictable, yet musical quality at 8 beats per second. This has an immediate activating effect and, coupled with progressively more complex patterns over a series of recordings, can provide long-term cognitive enhancements. This is the approach we use for the REI Custom Programs.
2. Play various tempos all within the alpha range of 8-12 beats per second (bps). Musically, 8-12 bps is 120-180 beats per minute when playing 16th notes and one beat of the metronome is a 1/4 note. This means that you are playing 4 drumming beats for each click of the metronome. This approach is the key to the Brain Boost category on brainshiftradio.com.
I end this video with a cognitive enhancement drumming session. Let it play quietly in the background and see how mentally clear you feel afterward.
I’ve been playing for people with neurological disorders for 25 years and everyday I still wake up passionate about the work I do. It wasn’t always this way. As I was building my business, I received a lot of advice to delegate and be a manager. I tried this and quickly found myself losing interest. So, I resumed doing the one task that I loved: customer support.
If you’ve ever called or emailed us, chances are you talked to (or heard from) me. I answer the phone because I love talking to clients, prospective clients, and providers. This is what gets me up in the morning; yet this is what the business “experts” told me I shouldn’t be doing. The secret is that this task gives me joy, and my clients can sense my passion for the work and their well-being.
My advice: Focus on the aspects of your work you love, even if they are the “lowly” tasks that most people hire out.
In this video, I breakdown a variation on a traditional 12/8 rhythm that you can play to lift your mood. I then show how I morph it into a 53-beat rhythm I use in our REI Custom Program for people with mood issues.
What if we choose the music we listen to more intentionally, with specific goals in mind? Instead of choosing music out of habit or as background filler, music can be played strategically to enhance brain function.
In this video I describe how I choose music throughout the day to support the activities I do. For example, slow, repetitive patterns enhance my meditations; novel, complex music focuses my mind; alpha tempos with mild variability calm me; and sparse, slowly evolving tones empty my mind and prepare me for sleep.
Find out how you can optimize your day by choosing the best music for you.
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: