Djembe therapy- get your groove on!

    • July 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm

      Hello Folks!

      I’m an amateur crappy musician who greatly misses creating music. I borrowed a djembe (African hand-drum) and have been playing beats along with music. Can’t say if it has therapuitic value but it’s fun and challenging! As well, I can tailor the workout to go along with my moods. Tool’s cds Lateralus and 10,000 Days are faves when I’m p***ed-off.

      Try this out with your favourite tunes. I suggest that you try to find the pulse rather than jump in grooving. I find it is easier to get to a beat.

      My wife even said that I was sounding good the other day (this was after telling me how much she thinks Tool sucks). I think it even brought back a bit of mojo.


    • Anonymous
      July 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      We had music therapy as a part of the routine in the physical re-hab I was in. They handed out different bells, and other noise makers we could jingle on while the piano was played (singing, too). It lifted everyone’s spirits.

    • July 1, 2010 at 8:20 pm

      music is therapy

    • Anonymous
      July 3, 2010 at 9:37 am

      Amen! Music & singing lifts a heavy spirit up to soaring mode! Love, smitty

    • July 17, 2010 at 9:22 am

      I swear this is good therapy. Yesterday I played for an hour and felt great after. Flapping my hands helps beat the pins nand needles. Even using other techniques such as scratching/rubbing the drum head feels good and must be stimulating nerve growth.
      Even if you just use a firm pillow for a hand-drum i suggest you give it a try! Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel have wonderful tracks to play along to for those who like their tunes a little lighter than me. Really anything with a good groove can work.

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm

      Many years ago we had music therapy, in group therapy for patients & family. I was family at that time. I really looked forward to it. They handed out the assorted noise makers.
      Love, smitty