Different Drummer Book

Different Drummer Book coverThis 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
• Anxiety
• Attention/focus/hyperactivity
• Behavioral issues
• Cognitive issues
• Language/communication
• 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. 

You can order the book here


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.

Big Round Calm Audio DownloadBig Round Calm. This track couples a big, round ambient track with a 7.8 beat-per-second Gonga to calm your nervous system.

Warm Calm > Focus Audio 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.

Deep Sleep Audio DownloadDeep Sleep. This mix pairs our deepest, richest ambient track with a Gonga, played at 7.6 beats-per-second, to transition you to sleep quickly.


Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention: A Theoretical Perspective

Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI) and Central Nervous System Arousal

A Look at Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention by Its Creator

Blending ancient techniques with modern research findings

Psychological versus Physiological Calm

World Percussion and Rhythm Magazine Interview with Jeff Strong

Bibliography of related music and rhythm research

Jeff Playing for Kylie (as described in Chapter 16)


Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention as it Applies to Children with Autism

Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention For Adults With Autism

A Study for Improved Concentration by Acoustic Drum Rhythms Music Medicine Therapy

Calming Anxiety-Based Behaviors in Autism with Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI) Drumming Rhythms

Case Studies

REI Rhythms Beat Ritalin for Adult with Attention Deficit Disorder

Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI) Drumming Rhythms Reduce Anxiety and Improve Language, Eye Contact and Socialization in a Child with Autism

REI Case Study: Autism, Sleep and Bipolar Disorder

Adult Autism Case Study for sleep, anxiety, aggression, self-stimulatory behaviors

Autism Case Study for low functioning autism, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors

Excerpt from REI Study for Children with Autism: 9-year-old female diagnosed with PDD-NOS

Autism Case Study – Adult with aggression, self-stimulatory behaviors, difficulty falling asleep

Case Study: 8 year-old male with asperger’s syndrome

Case Study: 9 year-old female with autism

Case Study: 8 year-old male with autism

Case Study: James, an 11 Year Old Male with Autism

Short Autism Case Studies

Blinded Pervasive Developmental Disorder Case Studies

Adult Anxiety Case Studies

Adults with Sleep Issues Case Studies

Brain Injury Case Study

Chronic Pain Case Studies

Placebo-controlled Attention Deficit Disorder Case Studies

Case Study: REI for 11 year-old with tics, anxiety, and sleep

Case Study: Jim 33 year-old with ADD, Anxiety, Mood, and Addictive Behavior


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