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Author Topic: Drums for ritual or meditation  (Read 662 times)

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Drums for ritual or meditation
« on: June 03, 2017, 04:26:01 pm »
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What are people's experiences with using drums in your practice?  Drums come up in many traditions around the world, so I imagine there are many ways to use them. I'd like to hear about some!

This isn't entirely idle curiosity; I recently bought a small pellet drum (the kind with two clappers on strings that you twirl around) with the thought that I could use it for something, but I have no idea what.

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Re: Drums for ritual or meditation
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2017, 05:32:14 pm »
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What are people's experiences with using drums in your practice?  Drums come up in many traditions around the world, so I imagine there are many ways to use them. I'd like to hear about some!

This isn't entirely idle curiosity; I recently bought a small pellet drum (the kind with two clappers on strings that you twirl around) with the thought that I could use it for something, but I have no idea what.

Never had much luck with drumming myself - I have to concentrate so hard on the drumming that I can't do anything else!

I do sometimes use a drum sound track for journeying and I've been in ritual when it's being someone else's responsibility to keep the rhythm  going.

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Re: Drums for ritual or meditation
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2017, 01:13:01 pm »
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What are people's experiences with using drums in your practice?  Drums come up in many traditions around the world, so I imagine there are many ways to use them. I'd like to hear about some!

This isn't entirely idle curiosity; I recently bought a small pellet drum (the kind with two clappers on strings that you twirl around) with the thought that I could use it for something, but I have no idea what.

I have a beautiful Bodhran drum that was gifted to me, with a beater, and I enjoy playing it, but I do find that I have to think about the drum to use it, at least to start.  It's easier with the beater, but any stumbles in rhythm throw me off. 

Odd note:  I often have my nails painted, so am wary of doing a lot of the hand work with my drum because I have left marks on walls before from the (well dried) polish, and I don't want to mark up my drum!

My chant group has several people who drum, so we often have a drum going while we chant.  Most times it's great, but I have found some times, when the person drumming is very loud or dominant, it makes the chanting harder.  The drum can definitely overpower everything else.  When the drum is loud like that, I find it harder to chant, unless I am very familiar with the chant.
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Re: Drums for ritual or meditation
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2017, 06:15:55 pm »
I have a beautiful Bodhran drum that was gifted to me, with a beater, and I enjoy playing it, but I do find that I have to think about the drum to use it, at least to start.  It's easier with the beater, but any stumbles in rhythm throw me off. 

It sounds like drums are a tricky business!

I've also heard of drums being used for purification, has anyone tried that?

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Re: Drums for ritual or meditation
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2017, 04:12:08 am »
It sounds like drums are a tricky business!

I've also heard of drums being used for purification, has anyone tried that?

I do use mine to "clear out" that feeling of stagnation you sometimes get in rooms, especially in corners. That I can manage as it involves just making a noise!

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Re: Drums for ritual or meditation
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2017, 11:45:05 am »
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What are people's experiences with using drums in your practice?  Drums come up in many traditions around the world, so I imagine there are many ways to use them. I'd like to hear about some!

This isn't entirely idle curiosity; I recently bought a small pellet drum (the kind with two clappers on strings that you twirl around) with the thought that I could use it for something, but I have no idea what.

I've never been into the drumming thing, although I've seen some beautiful drums and I see the appeal, just not my thing.

After dating a drummer, although completely different drumming, the word drum just makes me want to puke. Bad memories.  :P
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Re: Drums for ritual or meditation
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2017, 12:06:19 pm »


After dating a drummer, although completely different drumming, the word drum just makes me want to puke. Bad memories. 

My brother-in-law the guitar player told me about the time the bass player locked the keys in the car. Took them two hours to get the drummer out....



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Re: Drums for ritual or meditation
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2017, 12:08:41 pm »

My brother-in-law the guitar player told me about the time the bass player locked the keys in the car. Took them two hours to get the drummer out....



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Re: Drums for ritual or meditation
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2017, 02:14:44 pm »
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What are people's experiences with using drums in your practice?  Drums come up in many traditions around the world, so I imagine there are many ways to use them. I'd like to hear about some!

I've not heard of drums being used in home worship by Hindus. Bells and the shankha (a conch shell blown at certain times) are used. However, in temple pujas (worship rituals) and festivals, drums are often used. When the curtains of a deity's sanctum are opened for darshan (viewing of the deity and blessing from), a drum and bell (electronic in this day and age) are sounded. It is an ancient custom of heralding the arrival of royalty.
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Re: Drums for ritual or meditation
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2017, 07:02:30 pm »
It is an ancient custom of heralding the arrival of royalty.

That's something I didn't know, but it's very cool. (In European tradition, royalty gets trumpets; whereas most new-agey drum lore references Native American practices, who don't have royalty per se.) This might be the bit of symbolism I was looking for.

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