- Series: Performance in World Music Series (Book 14)
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: White Cliffs Media Co (September 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0941677877
- ISBN-13: 978-0941677875
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Healing Power of the Drum Paperback – September, 2000
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"Robert Lawrence Friedman demonstrates that drumming can have a profound effect on one's emotional and spiritual well-being. A wonderful book." -- Dan Cavicchio, author of Gardens From The Sand and founder of SpiritSite.com.
From the Publisher
Drums and their rhythms have brought joy and self-expression to mankind since the dawn of time. In The Healing Power of the Drum psychotherapist and drum facilitator Robert Lawrence Friedman weaves an extraordinary tapestry of personal experience, fascinating anecdotes and compelling research, demonstrating the hand drum's capacity to provide significant health benefits for everyone. This breakthrough book examines the use of hand drums in treating at-risk adolescents, stressed-out employees, Vietnam veterans, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis and more. Find joy and self-expression in the Healing Power of the Drum.
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While there can be debatable points in the book, the information does provoke thought and self-analysis in how one is affected by the rhythms of the world and personal rhythms. In my opinion, the following sections themselves justify the price of the book for their enlightened, useful ideas:
Chapter Three: The Ancient Calling
[I especially liked the given quote by Mickey Hart that Friedman offered on page 23: ""If you could see your DNA, you'd see what your inside rhythm looks like. You are rhythm. You are made of flesh, blood, bones, and rhythm. Rhythm is what keeps you alive."]
Chapter Four: The Personal Experience of Drumming
[This section describes how drumming can have profound and lasting effects on one's life.]
Chapter Ten: Practical Techniques & Rhythm Activities
[Simple ideas to get one started with drumming activities are here.]
Chapter Eleven: Drumming Exercises from Musical Therapy
[Most helpful is the section, "What are your life rhythms?" if you answer questions honestly. ]
Rhythm and Percussion Resources
[An excellent lists of people, products, organizations, and contacts. Beginners will find this section especially helpful.]
Things I would have liked to see in book but didn't: 1) I wanted to see more specific details and examples in Chapter Nine: Skeptics and Visionaries; and 2) I would like to see more pictures of people / different populations drumming and drum / percussion instruments themselves.
Nevertheless, the book begs to be read and discussed. It would be appropriate for educators, therapists, youth group coordinators, trainers, parents, healthcare providers, motivators, and anyone who wishes to explore new avenues of personal, professional, and social development. The book might make an intriguing, interdisciplinary choice for a supplemental textbook in college sociology, wellness, communication, humanities, and music appreciation courses.
To all and all my fellow warriors, AHO!
Linda (Laughing Dolphin)
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