This page is a companion to my book, Different Drummer: One Man’s Music and Its Impact on ADD, Anxiety, and Autism. Here you will find resources and supporting information on drumming and REI.
About the book (from the back cover):
Percussionist and researcher Jeff Strong embarks on a three-decade journey into the power of musical rhythm. 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.
Beginning with his own struggles with ADHD, Jeff abandons a successful music career and doggedly searches for ways to use musical rhythm to positively impact brain function and behavior. Jeff meticulously documents the development of his therapy and its supporting technology as he drums for people with a variety of challenges including:
• Aggressive behavior
• Behavioral issues
• Cognitive issues
• Mood issues
• Self-stimulatory behaviors
• Sensory processing
• Sleep problems
• Social interaction
• Tic behavior
Jeff’s inquisitive mind and careful research reveal how fast, complex drumming can offer long-term benefits for children and adults with neurological disorders. If you have ever wondered why the drum holds a prominent role in cultures around the world or why music can influence the brain and behavior, Different Drummer offers a compelling look at the life-changing and therapeutic tool of music.
Martin Mull is attributed to saying, “Talking (writing) about music is like dancing about architecture.”
There is a lot lost in the translation. Therefore, me writing about my work doesn’t give it justice. You really need to experience the drumming for yourself. If you found yourself interested, engaged, or just plain curious by the possibilities I present in my book, I can’t recommend highly enough that you get your hands on some of my music.
Luckily, I made this easy (and free):
1. Try Brain Shift Radio. Register for a free trial and receive access to all the music and functionality of BSR for 14 days. BSR has over 50,000 hours of content in seven categories, so I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll like. BSR streams to computers, phones and tablets.
2. Try one of these free downloads. These tracks are from Brain Shift Radio based on mixes created by the BSR member community. Click the image to download.
Warm Calmed Focus. This track uses a warm ambient pad mixed with an Udu drum accelerating from 8 to 10 beats-per-second to calm your brain then dial in focus.
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