Video: Mindfulness Meditation Tips for ADD or Active Minds

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.

Exploring Alpha Tempo Drumming Rhythms for Calm and Focus

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.

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Video: Exploring Theta Tempo Drumming for Meditation, Intuition, Creativity, and Problem-solving

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

Join Me on The Behind The Mind Radio Show 11am on 12/11/15

I am excited to announce that I will be the guest on the Behind The Mind Radio Show Friday December 11th at 11am Eastern time.

Behind The Mind Radio Show

The Behind The Mind Radio Show is a 1-hour bi-weekly talk show airing LIVE ON Friday 11am (EST) and Tuesday 7pm (EST), showcasing design thinkers, visionaries, game changers and innovators; while shedding light on designers of well-known and upcoming products and services both domestically and internationally. 

I will be talking about REI and his bookDifferent Drummer. I’ll offer a brief overview of the history of therapeutic rhythm-making, discuss the role of drumming in influencing brain activity, describe where REI is best utilized, and explore the artistic process in his work.

You can join me and hosts Karen Baker and Anthony Leonard live at 11am Eastern time on Friday December 11th at

Autism Daily Newscast Reviews My Different Drummer Book

Autism Daily Newscast reviewMy book about the development and practice of REI, Different Drummer: One Man’s Music and Its Impact on ADD, Anxiety, and Autism, was recently reviewed by Autism Daily Newscast.

Here is an excerpt:

For anyone with an interest in the therapeutic aspect of music this is a gem of a book.  For parents wanting to explore different approaches to help their children it will make interesting reading.   As a lay person who just enjoys playing the odd CD I found myself a little overloaded with music and technology theory and was more interested in reading about how following a lifelong passion such as drumming can lead to the most unexpected places and discoveries.

Read the entire review here

You can learn more about the book here

A Review of Different Drummer at, another great resource for learning to play the drums, profiled my book, Different Drummer: One Man’s Music and Its Impact on ADD, Anxiety, and Autism.

Here is an excerpt form the article:

Making Music constantly writes and promotes the healing power of music. That’s why we are highlighting this book written by percussionist and researcher Jeff Strong. Different Drummer chronicles his path as he navigates ancient drumming practices, conducts clinical research, and develops the music that establishes him as a pioneer in the world of auditory brain stimulation over three decades.

You can read the entire article here

You can order the book from here

Different Drummer Book Featured in Article

Jeff Strong at has an article about me and my book, Different Drummer: One Man’s Music and Its Impact on ADD, Anxiety, and Autism.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Music performers and educators will of course find the book to be useful and gratifying, but parents of those with developmental disorders, mental health professionals, general practitioners, and educators across the board should also take note. In fact, they would all be wise to run out and pick up a copy of this book and consider Strongʼs other materials. If you yourself happen to have one of the conditions mentioned here, itʼs an absolute no-brainer to give this a try. If you have a friend who suffers one of these issues, your recommendation could help change their lives.

You can read the entire article here

You can also read more reviews and order the book on