We believe that music is the purest form of prayer and that drum is its voice. We bring the same respect and reverence to the Drum Circle that we would bring to any temple, church or sacred space.
Drums are sacred items, Not furniture. Only hands or appropriate drum sticks should touch the tops of drums. Never beat your drum. You can smack a racketball, or beat a punching bag, but lovingly play your drum. Never touch another person’s drum without permission. If you can’t find the owner, don’t touch.
Leave white noise and mundane business outside of the sacred circle. Cell phones and chatter don’t belong there. This is a time for uninterrupted peace, for yourself and for everyone in the group.
Feel free to take a break. At large Pow Wows and circles, drummers may take turns. When your hands are tired, take a walk and get a drink of water. Or you can sit back and let the rhythms flow through you. Drum is joy and the more you drum, the more you will be able to. It’s not an endurance contest, be gentle with yourself.
Stop thinking. Feel. Music comes from feeling. You will never learn a rhythm until you feel it. That’s why drumming gives you more Alpha waves than meditation. It’s about stilling your mind and finding inner peace. Flow with it.
Always take off all rings, watches and bracelets that could scratch the drumhead. One deep scratch can crack a drumhead in no time. That’s as pricey as it is heart breaking.
Match the drumstick to the drumhead. A hide covered drum calls for a leather beater, and a synthetic drumhead needs packed felt, wood or plastic.
Listen. Always keep in touch with the heartsong of the lead drum. Make sure that you can hear every drum in the circle. If you find yourself drumming over others, just take a beat and soften your drumming.
Help others schlep their drums. Drum is about community. Please ask others if they need your help.