Welcome, drummer, to the Village Heartbeat website! LISTEN: to the latest interview on Village Heartbeat, Whole Person Drumming, and the positive healing effects of rhythm on InnerState Radio!
Baba Olatunji said: “Rhythm is the soul of life. Everything and everyone vibrates and is alive with rhythm.”
How Do You Teach Drumming? (audio interview)
We offer different ways to find your path into rhythm...
VHB Whole Person Drumming® Classes
Zorina Wolf's drumming classes are designed to allow anyone to learn the basics of drumming in an hour and a half, regardless of previous musical experience. Classes won’t make a virtuoso out of you—that requires a lot of dedication and practice. But they will allow you to be enchanted by the magic of drum orchestration (when two or more drums and percussion instruments are in dialogue with one another). Classes enable you to understand how these rhythmic parts fit together…and how they open the door to groove!
Introduction to the Basics of Drumming
Introduction to Baba Olatunji’s rhythms
Basic technique: Bass tone, and slap
How to sing and play the drum—opening to the mystery
Whole Person Drumming® offers you basic technique, rhythms, and songs to begin (or continue) your enjoyment of playing the drum. You can take this class as many times as you wish.
There is no end to the art of beginning.
We will focus on:
- Listening—how we sound and how the group sounds.
- Free attention- singing and drumming simultaneously
- The rhythmic body – how to enhance our connection to rhythm
- The healing power of rhythm and drumming
The Mystery of 6/8
Basic 6/8 patterns
Bell patterns and their relationship to the drum
Understanding the feel of 3 and 2 in the body
Learning drum orchestration--building a repertoire
We will focus on:
- Technique exercises for clearer, faster playing.
- Complex rhythmic patterns
- Body rhythms and rhythmic meditations
- Deconstructing the 6/8 clave.
3 hour classes for stamina building
Learning more complex rhythms
Learning with different kinds of drums and different technique styles
NOTE: These series can be taken sequentially or in any order – we always go back to the basics in the first classes of a series.
Drumming Classes for Groups and Organizations
Village Heartbeat rhythm workshops can be customized to meet the needs of any organization, to foster team building, creative play, and emotional intelligence in the workplace. Contact VHB to explore options for groups of all sizes in a variety of formats.