Healing Power of the Drum

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The Healing Power of the Drum is an authoritative yet easy to read book that shows how everyone can achieve health benefits from the increasingly popular activity of hand drumming. The raison d'etre for the book is to raise awareness of the hand drum from merely a musical instrument to a tool that can be used by individuals to attain psychological, physiological and spiritual well-being.

The book explores the drum from a multidimensional perspective, explaining the drum's ...

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The Healing Power of the Drum is an authoritative yet easy to read book that shows how everyone can achieve health benefits from the increasingly popular activity of hand drumming. The raison d'etre for the book is to raise awareness of the hand drum from merely a musical instrument to a tool that can be used by individuals to attain psychological, physiological and spiritual well-being.

The book explores the drum from a multidimensional perspective, explaining the drum's ability to release anger, create joy, alter brain rhythms, induce trance, and create empowerment. Research and anecdotal reports provide validation of the benefits of personal drumming.

The Healing Power of the Drum provides a springboard for readers to use the drum in exciting and innovative ways to enhance their own wellness. The book reflects the very qualities of drumming. It is easy to read and non-technical, fun, and yet it provides depth, meaning and purpose for the reader. As the drum provides seemingly limitless ranges of emotions from deep relaxation to extraordinary aliveness, the book accordingly explores the vast range of experiences offered by drumming, from its ability to create euphoria to its deep and sacred power to heal.

Contributors of world renown include:

  • Dr. Michael Thaut, Director, Center for Biomedical Research and Music, Colorado State University.
  • Dr. Kenneth Aigen, Co-Director of Research for the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at New York University
  • Dr. Connie Tomaino, Director of the Department of Music Therapy, Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, affiliated with Albert Einstein Medical Hospital, Bronx, New York
  • Barry Bernstein, Music Therapist
  • Christine Stevens, Music Therapist
  • Jim Greiner, Latin Percussion™ artist and drum facilitator, who shares some of the most eloquent stories of the hand drumming experience ever written.
  • Heather MacTavish, founder of New Rhythms Foundation, who discusses how hand drumming helped her survive and heal from Parkinson's disease.
  • Arthur Hull, leading drum circle facilitator.
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What People Are Saying

Arthur Hull
Robert has created in this book a seamless affirmation of the ultimate truth and beauty that lives in every drummer's soul. I loved it!
—(Arthur Hull, author of Drum Circle Spirit)
Babatunde Olatunji
I highly recommend Robert Lawrence Friedman's book to all who are searching for a better understanding of the evocative power of drumming and spirituality.
—(Babatunde Olatunji, African master drummer and healer, author of The Beat Of My Drum)
Dan Cavicchio
In The Healing Power of the Drum, Robert Lawrence Friedman demonstrates that drumming can have a profound effect on one's emotional and spiritual well-being. Building on his years of work as a psychotherapist and drumming facilitator, Robert truly brings the power of the drum to life. A wonderful book.
—(Dan Cavicchio, author of Gardens From The Sand and founder of SpiritSite.com)
Mel Glenn
Robert Lawrence Friedman has written a remarkable book, powerful in its simplicity, illuminating in its capacity to show the positive psychological and physiological effects of drumming. This book leads the reader down the path towards self-discovery and well-being through rhythm. I have read few books that equal Mr. Friedman's sincerity of purpose and clarity of vision as demonstrated in this enlightened volume. It is a treasure to be kept close at hand—along with a hand drum.
—(Mel Glenn, author of Split Image)
Shi-Hong Loh
Robert Lawrence Friedman's book takes us on a journey to explore the most neglected, yet original and powerful elements of our being—the rhythm of our soul.
—(Shi-Hong Loh, MD, Director of Complementary Therapy Program, St. Mary's Hospital, New Jersey)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941677875
  • Publisher: Pathway Book Service
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Performance in World Music Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 453,338
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword xii
Part I The Limitless Healing Drum 1
Chapter 1 Hand Drums and Healing 3
Psychological and Physiological Applications 4
The Symphony of Rhythm 5
Who Should Read This Book? 6
Chapter 2 My Journey to the Drum 9
There's a Baby on the Drummer's Path 9
Drumming Away My Mother's Migraines 10
My Fifteen Minutes of Fame...Ouch 11
You Did What With Bobby McFerrin? Sing?? Why??? 12
Omar Hakim, and Me, or Whose Concert Is it, Really? 12
The Experiment Begins 14
The Drum Unites Parents and Children 15
Drumming and Oneness 16
The Drum, So Powerful--Yet So Simple 17
Chapter 3 The Ancient Calling 18
Words from a Master Drummer--An African Perspective 19
The Hungry Soul 21
Rhythm, Both Within and Without 23
In the Beginning, There Must Be Rhythm 24
Shifting the Sands of Time 25
Rhythm is a Given 26
Chapter 4 The Personal Experience of Drumming 28
Finding Your Drum 28
Drumming Alone 29
Drumming in a Group 29
Your Joyful Inner Child 30
Drumming and the Family 35
The Psychology of Drumming 36
Intuitive Drumming 41
Entrainment 42
The Discovery of Entrainment 43
The Unifying Quality of the Drum 46
The Alchemy of Drumming 50
Part II Complementary Medicine and Rhythm 55
Chapter 5 Drumming and Physiological Conditions 57
Alzheimer's Disease 57
Cancer 65
Multiple Sclerosis--Two Personal Stories 66
Paralysis 70
Parkinson's Disease 70
Parkinson's Disease Research 75
Speech Problems 77
Stroke 78
Chapter 6 Drumming and Psychological Conditions 80
Addictions 80
Disabilities 84
Psychiatric Rehabilitation 86
Stress Management 88
Chapter 7 Drumming for Specific Populations 91
At-Risk Adolescents 91
Drums Not Guns 93
Corporate Employees 95
The Corporate Tribal Meeting 98
Prisoners and Detainees 100
Drumming Detainees 102
Senior Citizens 104
Vietnam Veterans 106
Chapter 8 Drumming and Children 111
Healing Children's Grief Through Drumming 111
The Drum Helps a Distraught Child Choose Life 114
Autism 115
Down Syndrome 122
William's Syndrome 123
Rhythm Profiles 124
Chapter 9 Skeptics and Visionaries 130
Counterpoint 132
Visionaries and Rhythm 132
Physioacoustics 134
The Future of Drumming 140
An Ancient Healing Instrument Meets the Future 141
Part III Bringing Drumming Into Your Life 143
Chapter 10 Practical Techniques and Rhythm Exercises 145
Chapter 11 Drumming Exercises from Music Therapy 158
Chapter 12 Conclusion 167
References 171
Rhythm and Percussion Resources 174
Index 188
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