In this video, I show you a traditional ceremonial drumming rhythm used to empower and support courageous action. I then play a meditation using this rhythm as a foundation, illustrating how I learned how to influence the brain and behavior by interacting with my listener.
In this video, I show how varying the tempo of a drumming pattern can impact your listening experience. I compare a steady 8-beat-per-second rhythm to the same basic rhythm that varies between 8-beats-per-second and 9-beats-per-second.
In this video, I demonstrate how a slight change in a rhythm can provide a different meditative experience. I play a 4/4 groove that blends a mambo and a samba. Then I play a 7/8 version that removes 2 beats from the middle of the pattern. Notice how the 7/8 rhythm impacts your problem-solving abilities.
In this video, I talk about the 5 key strategies I employ every day to optimize my focus. These are essential for people like me, with ADHD, to keep an unruly brain on task. Of course, you’ll also want to add listening to some of my focusing music to this list.
In this video I talk about how the brain responds to rhythm at different tempos. At very slow tempos you need a constant pattern, whereas at faster tempos you need variability. To illustrate this, I show you how I adjust my rhythms across the continuum of tempos used for drumming.
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.