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About Shannon Ratigan
You can't always judge a book by it's JPEG, but you can use the "Look Inside" feature to read a few chapters.
I've been a performing artist for most of my life. I'm classically trained, and have been playing the drums since 1968. My love for drumming started as an outlet for childhood hyperactivity, and I went on to be the lead snare drummer in the school marching band, then went on to work as a symphony percussionist. I had to unlearn a lot in order to be able to free up and improvise to be an effective musician and facilitator.
After moving to Florida in the 70's, I played percussion in various bands and orchestras, toured and recorded as a session musician with a number of them.
I also started my acting career while in Florida. I moved to New York briefly, then on to Los Angeles, where, for 15 years, I worked as a musician, and a character actor. I appeared in a number of TV shows, films, and commercials. I was also a frequent guest performer on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" for 8 seasons. I'm a member of two performing arts unions.
I've been attending and facilitating drum circles for over 30 years. I think it helps to keep me sane. Over the years, I've trained and advised many top rated facilitators around the country. I've facilitated drumming events for the U.S. ARMY Chief Of Chaplains Religious Education Conference, Jazz Festivals, County State Fairs, The Florida Festivals & Events Association's Convention Trade Show, as well as many other major groups and companies, including OSI Restaurant Partners, Outback, on over to smaller groups, such as churches, schools, college sorority reunions, weddings, senior centers, and special needs groups. I was also a faculty member who taught drumming at The Dunedin Fine Arts Center.
I've released a 2 hour DVD titled, "101 Drum Circle Rhythms", and two CD sets of live drum circle music. I have two books out, "A Practical Guide to Hand drumming and Drum Circles" ($8 on Amazon Kindle.) and the other one on acting, and breaking into the business titled, "An Actor's Face". ($6 on Kindle.) All of my materials are available from me here on Amazon.
Thanks in advance if you purchase one of my books, rhythms DVD, or drum circle music CD sets. The majority of the proceeds go towards work in our community, and I sincerely appreciate it.
I believe in helping people discover their own sense of rhythm, at their own pace.
Shannon (SL) Ratigan
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Expect lots of thrilling stuff, like 6 different ways to quickly jot down, or quickly transcribe drum rhythm notations. I cover vocalizing rhythms and how to get a rhythm going quickly no matter how large your group is. There is my sample set list of various rhythms that I use for a 90 minute facilitated drum circle. It's sort of an outline I use and then improvise from as needed. It gives you an easy to follow guideline for almost any form of drum circle.
I cover facilitating drum circles, working with specialty groups, hosting drum circles, rhythmic drumming events, and programs for all ages. Everything from having a rockin' drum circle - to a healing drum circle, plus the many different ways to approach them. I cover a wide variety of topics and questions I frequently get asked. For example: How do I start up a drum circle? What kind of drum(s) should I get? How should I approach working with this group, or that group?
And many other hand drumming, or drum circle related topics. Drumming with special needs groups, health and wellness, with kids, teens, adults, elders, and mixed age groups. Drum circles in cafe’s, and pubs. Team building, conventions, businesses, corporations, and events. Drum circles with at risk populations, at spiritual gatherings, and community events. Working with music directors, educational teachers, in schools, music therapists, medical professionals, and lots more.
Whether you only need a few musician pointers, or if you are someone who wants to get a weekly drum circle started, my book will help you along. I discuss how to go about building a drum circle or drumming program in almost every setting.
I also cover the business side of drum circles. Are you wanting to start one just for fun? Or only cover your expenses? Want to earn a full time living from it? I cover all that, and lots more. I hope to help you along your drumming journey.
Hand drumming and drum circles enriched my life, and I think it will for you as well. I've been attending and facilitating drum circles for over 30 years. I hope you can benefit from some of the things I've done right, as well as the things I’ve done wrong. It doesn't matter if you are new to hand drumming, have been drumming for a while, or you are a professional musician, this book is filled with good information on getting more enjoyment out of hand drumming, and from drum circles. The proceeds from it help me to fund work in our community. You would be buying direct from the author. (me) Thanks for helping out.
"This book is really just the thing I've been looking for. I have practically the full collection by now, yet find Ratigan's approach quite easygoing and fun to get behind."
- Peter V.
"I am reading your book with laughs and tears in my eyes. I'm almost 50, but have only been loving, playing, teaching and sharing the drum for 6 years. It is my whole being right now. Reading your book is like visiting with a friend."
- Carolyn F.
"I started your book by the "Analyze This" approach from front to back, and back to front. I couldn't read it fast enough, it really turned me on. I found it to be so inclusive and helpful.
Over 240 pages of practical advice, casting, and auditioning tips for actors. Also for those who are making the big move to NYC, or LA, to pursue their dream as an actor, as well as for people who are thinking about breaking into acting.
At the end of the day, earning a living as an actor boils down to one thing: winning the job. The acting is the fun part. I hope to help you with both.