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Artdrum is a synthesis of artistic & musical elements which yield entertainment, education & health. To artdrum is to play percussion with a true artistic & healing sense, which necessarily proves to be educational & entertaining. Artdrum.com promotes Artdrumming through our drum lessons, online percussion store and Art of Drumming online lessons.
Art of Drumming relates drumming and music to the artistic, educational & health aspects of drumming & music.
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What is art?
Art is a gift to mankind. Every art combines observation and "creation" (unique synthesis/arrangement/composition of already existing elements). Drumming is no exception. Quality drumming increases energy flow, which strengthens mind, body & spirit. Percussive is a unique and special form of art that combines the elements, rhythm, harmony and melody. These elements allow drummers to express & relate the deepest emotions & ideas.
Three Rules About "Art" & "Rules"
1. Every established art has stylistic & ettiquette rules;
2. Applying a rule establishes a boundary;
3. Boundaries from positive rules yield freedom & other positive qualities.
For example, congeros apply rhythmic rules to create rhythms (boundaries) which yield freedom, excitement, joy & other positive qualities. Truthful rules & quality boundaries are essential keys to great music and art.
Guru.net states that "...it can still be said that art is the process and the product of choosing a medium, a set of rules for the use of that medium, and a set of values that determine what deserves to be expressed through that medium, in order to convey either a belief, an idea, a sensation, or a feeling in the most effective way possible for that medium."
What are Healing Arts?
A healing art has artistic value as well as therapeutic. In fact, healing arts, such as music, are likely the oldest and most substantiated form of therapeutic treatment. It is often thought that science is related to health & healing while music is related to entertainment. This view fails to understand the principles behind both art & science. Throughout history art has been used to effectively combate (prevent & even cure) various illnesses, from high blood pressure to depression.
Rhythm, balance, harmony & form are four common elements to both art & healing art. Therefore, healing arts principles overlap with art principles. Healing arts are holistic in nature; and they ultimately lead practitioners to increased energy & greater sense of well being.
What are drums? Drums are the Heartbeat:
The drum is the musical instrument that most captures the essence of the human heartbeat. Interesting, each family of music - percussion, wind, strings - have special powers that stimulate and simulate functions of our bodies. The drum is most akin to the heart because of it's obvious beating, vibrating, pumping action. Just as the heart pumps blood through the body, a drum pumps sound through the air. Like an excited heart, a beating drum vibrates many times per minute and establishes a mood for one's body and environment.
Drums vary greatly and are part of a larger family of instruments called percussion. All percussion is akin to the heartbeat because percussion instruments are used to make rhythm. The heart, along with the breath, keep the rhythm of the body just as the percussion instruments keep the rhythm of the music!