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.
Table of Contents
|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 in a Group||29|
|Your Joyful Inner Child||30|
|Drumming and the Family||35|
|The Psychology of Drumming||36|
|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|
|Multiple Sclerosis--Two Personal Stories||66|
|Parkinson's Disease Research||75|
|Chapter 6||Drumming and Psychological Conditions||80|
|Chapter 7||Drumming for Specific Populations||91|
|Drums Not Guns||93|
|The Corporate Tribal Meeting||98|
|Prisoners and Detainees||100|
|Chapter 8||Drumming and Children||111|
|Healing Children's Grief Through Drumming||111|
|The Drum Helps a Distraught Child Choose Life||114|
|Chapter 9||Skeptics and Visionaries||130|
|Visionaries and Rhythm||132|
|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|
|Rhythm and Percussion Resources||174|
What People are Saying About This
Robert Lawrence Friedman's book takes us on a journey to explore the most neglected, yet original and powerful elements of our beingthe rhythm of our soul.
(Shi-Hong Loh, MD, Director of Complementary Therapy Program, St. Mary's Hospital, New Jersey)
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)
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)
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 handalong with a hand drum.
(Mel Glenn, author of Split Image)
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)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A great book and a great summer read...
very good book. i enjoyed reading it... :)