There is so much information out in the world about the benefits of music on the brain, academics, self-esteem and so much more, we may all think that we know for certain that music is a good thing. However, a recent article on Huffington Posts also points out a few lesser-known reasons why music is good for us. Based upon different studies about music, creativity, sound, motor and reasoning skills, it is a wonder to see all of the ways that music positively benefits us, even those who prefer rock music. Read more here: 8 Surprising Ways Music Affects and Benefits our Brains
Drummers find all sorts of surfaces to drum on, including unusual spots in the natural world. Drumming can happen in water, or on the side of a tree, but, can drumming actually happen on ice, and be real? According to io9.com, a controversy of sorts over a Russian band's video of "ice drumming" has garnered some skepticism by people around the world. In the video proof, the rhythmic sounds of the ice drumming certainly resemble those of a djembe or other hand drum, but, are they real, or is it the magic of sound editing? Read more here: Is this ice drumming for real?
For anyone who is infected with the passion for drumming and rhythm, there is no surface too pristine to use to practice a few beats, or really get into a solo act. Drummers can be seen using steering wheels in their cars during a commute, or, turning the clock back to childhood with a few well-placed pots and pans and a wooden spoon or two. This drummer on YouTube, however, takes a moment to show his own style on a desk, with his bare hands, proving that while drums are a little bit of magic, it is the drummer who really makes that happen.
Modern technology has created many great ways to enjoy the beat of a drum, but, there are certainly limits when it comes to the naturally enchanting rhythm that can be played on a djembe or other hand drum. This YouTube video shows that while it is entirely possible to construct a robot or machine to create a rhythm, there is a necessary human element that is missing from the entire experience. Our hats are off to the technology, but, hand drums should really just be played with hands.
Music Soothes the Asthma Beast
Drumming is making a name for itself outside the recording studio, off the stage and away from the drum circle as it has found a great reputation as a way to burn fat while eliminating stress and anxiety. Arizona Daily Star reports that a gym in Arizona has found that this new way of burning calories is a favorite for the throngs of people looking to find a new motivation to get healthy. Because of Pound, the drumming-exercise program, more people are turning to rhythm to help feel healthy, with a familiar soundtrack to help increase the "workout effect" of the drums. Read more here: Working out to a different drummer