Welcome to the Drum Circles Network - Find a Drum Circle Near You
Drumcircles.net is a sole proprietorship owned by Shannon Ratigan
There's a scaled down phone friendly version of my site, (with the drum circle finder) at drumcircleworld.com
But have a look around here - there's 14 years of content I've built up over the years. (And more free stuff!)
My website is for drummers, facilitators, ways to start up a drum circle, or anyone who loves drumming.
There's a menu on the left sidebar - check out my drum circle finder, drumming blog, grab a few
free live drum circle mp3's, djembe ringtones, notated rhythms print outs, and lots more stuff.
These days, I provide therapeutic music in the form of facilitated drum circles to mostly non-profit
groups; specifically senior centers, kids' organizations, disabled, veterans, & special needs groups.
A facilitated drum circle is unlike the common free style drum circles many are aware of. It's organized
therapeutic music that is accessible to everyone, and that people of all ages can pick up very quickly.
To start out a beat, I use a vocalization technique where I create rhymes, jingles, or simple chants that
match the rhythm, & then we simply translate that to drum beats, & play them slowly for a few minutes until
it is locked in - then we bring it up to tempo. This makes it much easier for people to remember, it helps
them find the rhythm quickly, and they don't over-think things. Since rhythms are repetitive, no matter what
the variety of skill levels are, everyone can pick it up at their own pace, and in a matter of minutes.
I introduce rhythms from various cultures around the world. I provide the instruments, instructions on how
to play, and help these people empower themselves by learning hand drumming. I worked with a neurologist
in Florida regarding how to help special needs people to improve coordination and self respect as well as
helping to integrate them into the community. It worked beautifully for many years with various groups.
A drum circle adds something unique to any group, public event, or occasion.
This kind of work doesn't pay very much monetarily, but it does in the heart. I do this purely because of
the happiness & growth I see happening in the groups that I work with. Seeing the joy in their eye as they
begin to "get it" warms my soul. I see beginners who have never touched a musical instrument before, are
playing & enjoying playing music for the first time in their lives. It affects many of them in a very deep
emotional way experiencing their "musical" side. A side that most of them never even knew existed.
I have some drum circle music, and the rhythms in audio only, for $10 at CDBaby.com iTunes, Amazon, and most
other mp3 retailers. The proceeds go toward work in our community for groups that have limited recreational
budgets, and helps with drum repairs. If you choose to purchase my DVD, CDs, or Kindle book, thanks in
advance. It helps out the most if you buy direct from me here at my site.
Here's a sample from my 2 hour 101 Drum Circle Rhythms DVD & a drum circle mp3 from the free CD.
Here's one of the tracks from the free 75 minute drum circle CD that comes with the rhythms DVD.
More Cowbell Drum Circle Jam mp3 Part 1
Help support the work I do in our community by picking up the full 2 hour 101 Rhythms DVD & CD for $15 + $2 shipping.
It comes with a free drum circle jam CD. Paypal them below, or click the link below it for more detailed information.
I hope you enjoy your visit to my site. It started back in 1999. I've been a full time musician,
and drum circle facilitator over 30 years. Introducing people to drumming is what I love to do.
Have a look around, and you'll find lots of resources for beginning or experienced drummers, starting drum circles,
reading drum music, and lots more. My intent is to further your enjoyment of hand drumming and drum circles.
Visit the "facilitation" link below to find lots of drum circle ideas to help you keep things in the groove.
I also teach one on one drumming lessons on the djembe or doumbek drum. Beginner to intermediate. $50 per hour.
If you want some drum circle facilitation lessons, I offer that as well. I can combine the two if you like.
This page was last updated October 2014 - Thanks for all the help, and support. I really do appreciate it.
I offer interactive drum circles for just about anything - both public and private events. From music festivals, events,
and parties - to corporate team building, schools, seniors, special needs groups, & spiritual gatherings. I also do
fill in work as a percussionist in bands, with singer songwriters, and solo drumming. I'm available on short notice.
For more information on facilitating drum circles, or for my drum circle rates, please visit the page link below:
"It is an excellent and noteworthy DVD because it is a simple, easy to use video showing hand movements for more than 101
different rhythms that can be played in drum circles or by a drummer playing alone. The demonstrations are played on a djembe,
but the rhythms could be played on almost any type of drum. Those of us who work with beginning drummers welcome a basic
drumming learning tool such as this. It differs from a lot of more complex drumming videos in that it focuses just on the rhythm
and how to play it, and someone playing along can "get it" without being distracted by multiple players, voiceovers, and
complex rapid rhythms. Every drummer has a preferred learning style, and this DVD fills a need for simplicity.
Just watch and play along." -- Keith Russell, University of Kansas
"I just wanted to say I watched the DVD and I think it is great. Simple yet brilliant, very clear in presentation, you can get
the hand movements quite quickly and because you play them, I think you said it is a minute, which is quite a good amount
of time you can really get a feel for the rhythm. I am really impressed. I have a few other instructional DVDs I think yours
is the most practical and easy to use I have found. I have also listened to most of the 1st CD and again I like that it is
straightforward and you play the groove long enough to get a feel for it, and it is clear and precise enough that you can
pick up the rhythm quite quickly. I am looking forward to having a lot of fun with these. Once again thank you for making
this resource available and at what I consider to be a very good price, certainly fantastic value for the money.
The DVD and CDs are great quality." -- Ian R.
120 Drum Circle Rhythms 1 DVD (2 hours, 12 minutes) See the rhythms played up close.
101 Drum Circle Rhythms 2 CDs (2 hours) Perfect for the home, car stereo or iPod.
Ultimate Live Drum Circles 2 CDs (70 minutes each disc) It's live drum circle jamming!
Clearwater Beach Drum Circle 1 CD (78 minutes) More great live drum circle action.
This 6 disc pack with the DVD & 5 drumming CDs is a great deal! It will keep you, or any other drum circle lover busy for
a long time. And I hope it helps you to enjoy drumming more. (You can hear mp3 samples from the drum circle CDs at
the link below.) The price includes shipping (In the USA only). You can substitute 2 of the included CDs for
the Wild Drum Circles 2 CD set if you wish. Please just include a note to let me know. Thanks.
To buy the 6 disc pack (shipping in the USA only), use the first button below.
For ALL other countries, The Drum Circle 6 Disc Pack is $46 USD. That includes shipping.
Please use the second Paypal button below this one:
Also check out the Wild Drum Circles page and listen to a few tracks from these. You never know who's going to show up,
and what's going to happen at the drum circle. That's part of the fun. Bellydancers, didgeridoo and flute players.
Drummers and dancers from all different paths, cultures, and walks of life. Spoken word, chanting, singing, crazy
instruments, and some good musicmaking. All of that, and much more on these two 75 minute CD's. Amazing jamming,
grooving, dancing, craziness, and spontaneous self expression. (2 CDs or ITunes & Amazon)
For more information and some mp3's, click your way below.
I facilitate a variety of drum circle events around the area. Spice up your party, gathering, festival, meeting,
or spiritual gathering with a multi-cultural drum circle experience that all ages will enjoy.
To briefly describe drum circle facilitation by me, it's like putting a bunch of people together, and making a band out of them.
It's fun to be in the band for a day. Friends, strangers, co-workers, beginners, or pros...it doesn't matter, we're all equal.
I was a very selfconcious kid. Playing music helped build my confidence, and I overcame it. I was hyperactive
also, and playing the drums gave me an outlet for it. Many drum circles are family friendly - it's something
positive and fun to do with your kids. It may help them as well - even encourage them to join school band.
I offer drumming lessons, workshops, and drum circles. I provide only drums with synthetic drum heads, because I can clean
and sanitize the drums after each use. Many of the people I work with are especially vulnerable to colds and flu. Children,
seniors, and special needs groups in particular. Also synthetic djembe, doumbek, and frame drum heads are more durable,
and they never need tuning. Personally I prefer playing goatskin head drums, but for me they aren't practical.
The sound of drums speaks to us all. Everything has a rhythm, from the staccato beat of raindrops to the soft rhythm of the surf.
Most importantly, our hearts have a strong rhythm. Sometimes our heart beats speed up, then slows back down. But, there is a basic,
natural rhythm that is ours exclusively. Drum circles allow us to let our imagination soar, our heart beats changing their speed
as we think about things we might otherwise avoid. We can feel safe doing this in a drum circle because that bottom beat, the basic
elementary pulse of the circle will always bring us back to our "home" beat. And that gives us an element of security that may not
be conscious, but which we instinctively recognize. The therapeutic benefit of feeling safe exploring things with our thoughts
and emotions are one of the biggest factors in the growing popularity of open community, and facilitated drum circles.
A drum circle is something a little different from the usual things you tend to see. I provide African, Egyptian, and Latin drums,
and introduce rhythms from various cultures. Think of me like a tour guide, that goes with you around the world in music.
I prefer to work with smaller groups, from 3 to 90 people. I can give you more personalized and individual attention. I deliver
an authentic drum circle experience. The emphasis with me is on fun! I believe in not telling people how, when, or what to play,
but rather focusing more on self discovery. But I do offer a few pointers! And I help to guide people to find their musical
selves at their own pace, with no pressure. It's kind of like what you see with musicians drumming at the beach at an
open drum circle, except in a little bit more managed format. Just a good time being in the band jamming & having fun.
Drum circles can be extremely effective for companies that want to enhance the generation of new ideas and better team work.
When people discover that they can collectively produce a good sound without any musical training or background, they start
to realize that they can be more effective at work by putting their heads together and working as a team. Also, drumming uses
the brain in a different pattern than the linear thought process that is usually needed in the work environment. A drum circle
brings the group to a more open mental and psychological process, which can be carried over to the production of new and better
ways of working. An excellent tool to kick off a brain storming session and optimize the quantity and quality of new ideas.
Click below for more detailed information on team building, corporate drumming, or small business drum circles.
Community, Culture, and Fun
Cultures from around the world use drumming to unify their communities. A drum circle anywhere brings people together
by using our uniqueness to create something that belongs to all of us. It's educational, healthy, it releases negative
emotions, provides joy, opens creative expression, and brings us back to the rhythms of nature.
But most of all, it's a lot of fun to play the drums. Anyone can participate, from kids to elders. We smile, we play, we heal,
we dance, we laugh, we learn, and have fun. No drumming experience is needed. Parents and thier kids can play together.
I help everyone to drum with ease in a matter of minutes, so they can discover their own sense of rhythm, and experience the fun
of hand drumming. It's a fun colorful way to jazz up an event, or special occasion. And it's very casual, people can come and
go as they please as it's going on, and stay for as long as they want to. I don't want people to be drummers, I just want to
help them to be able to enjoy drumming together. If you have a desire for lots more detailed info, my Kindle book is $8.
Click here to check out my 300 page book on hand drumming & drum circles
As an independent artist, money is tight, so I always appreciate a product that is a good value for the cost.
That's the idea behind my book, DVD, & CD's. If you choose to purchase something from me, thanks in advance
for helping out with drum repairs, and expenses. (Please visit the links to see my DVD, CD's, 300 page book,
"A Practical Guide To Hand Drumming And Drum Circles". $18. It includes a different free drum circle jam CD.)
Locate freestyle & facilitated drum circles worldwide with my International drum circle finder. It includes Canada, Australia,
The United Kingdom, Thailand, Germany, Greece, and many other countries. Find drum circles all around the globe.
The Earth Day drum circle celebration at Honeymoon Island. A gathering of our community, and an adult
special needs group performing in pubic up on the big stage. How it all came together, photos, and more.
Special Needs Drum Circles Link
The drum circle world blog has plenty of helpful ideas, hints, drumming tips,
& more for all levels. Some of my past posts cover drumley topics including:
Reading Drum Music - Ways to Notate & Teach Drum Rhythms
Putting Together A Drum Circle Facilitator "Set List"
Cleaning & Sanitizing Drums For Facilitated Drum Circles – It’s Flu Season
Are There Ways To Get Free Drum Circle Facilitation Training?
How To Get A Drum Circle Started & Including Everyone In It
Team Building Drum Circles - Small Business & Corporate
Drumming Via Webcam, & With Special Needs Children
Improving Drum Circle Hosting & Facilitating Skills On Little Or No Money
Publicizing And Promoting Your Drum Circle – Getting The Word Out
Eeeking Out A Living Facilitating Drum Circles In This Economy
Special Needs Drum Circles And Drumming
So What's A Good Choice For That First Djembe Drum To Buy?
What Are Some Good Types Of Drum To Buy For Your Child?
What That Very First Drum Circle Really Felt Like...
Different Ways To Notate, Or Jot Down Drum Circle Rhythms
Drum Circles in Churches and at Spiritual Gatherings
A Long List Of Assorted Notated Drum Circle Rhythms To Try Out
Suggesting & Vocalizing, Easy ways To Start Out A Drum Circle Rhythm
Ways To Understand And Read Music & Playing Notated Drum Rhythms
Starting Drum Circles In Pubs, Night Clubs, And Cafe's...Really?
Some Drum Circle Benefits - Social, Physical, And Mental
Drumming And Drum Circles In The Winter Cold & Summer Heat
Tuning A Lug Tuned Drum, Head Replacement, & Marking Your Name On Your Drum
Things To Look For in Finding a “Good” Doumbek Drum...(On a Budget!)
Sitting In With Bands, & Learning To Play By Ear
If you'd like to visit me on FaceBook or Twitter etc. and send an invite, I'd like that. I worked in Hollywood as a character actor, and
musician for over 2 decades, and had some mighty strange experiences. (Including on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Star
Trek: The Next Generation as a Romulan Officer). On my actor page I posted a few pictures, and wrote a little about what it was like.
Have a look if you have a few extra minutes at starvingactor.net - As I'm sure you are aware, many musicians cross over into the
acting business. I recently published a 240 page book titled, "An Actor's Face, Audition, Casting Advice, And Anecdotes From
A Working Actor". It is available for $5 at the Amazon Kindle, or Barnes & Noble book store. Please have a look if the acting
field is something you might be interested in. Also check out some drumming videos on my YouTube channel, and my Twitter
feed has some interesting stuff. There's 100+ drum circle, and dancing photos on Flickr. Some of them are pretty cool.
I wrote this 300 page book to share my 30 years of experiences, learning, and put some good out there in the world. My hope
is to help people enjoy hand drumming and drum circles more. Working with all ages, settings, and with at risk groups. Ideas
and suggestions for keeping your drum circle fresh and interesting, or even if you are just trying to get one started. It's
on Kindle for $8. Or, get an inscribed physical copy with a free drum circle CD for $18 if you order it here at my website.
A little about the history of the Djembe drum. Also called The Storyteller. It is traced back to the Mandingue Empire of
West Africa, the Djembe is used in ceremonial dances, communication and healing practices dating as far back as 800 years.
I was taught the original name for the Djembe is JebeBara, coming from the Bamana language. This translates as the unity drum.
The Djembe brings people from all races and nationalities together with its song. Due to its unique shape the Djembe is able
to produce distinctive low and high slaps and tones creating sounds that are completly unmatched by any other drum.
In the language of the Maninka people, "jem" refers to the tree used to make the drum, while "be" refers to goat, the hides
of which were used for the drum head. Often ceremonies are held in the making of a djembe, to honor the goat, the tree
it's hand carved from, and the craftsman who builds it. These are the real deal djembes in my opinion. The problem is
finding an honest retailer who sells the real thing. There's lots of knock offs out there. Last time I checked, the
djembe's not indiginious to Indonesia. Some of them sound okay, but I suggest seeking out an authentic one.
The djembe tuning doc below is a printable Adobe PDF with illustrated, step by step Mali Weave instructions.
YouTube has lots of "How to tune your djembe" videos on there. Use the print out, and watch a few.
Djembe Drum Tuning (PDF)
Reading Drum Music, Notated Drum Rhythms & Facilitation Set List
This is a list of various drum circle rhythms I enjoy playing. It's my interpretation of them. There are a few
different ways I like to notate, and/or and vocalize the start of a drum circle rhythm. Print it out if you
want to. I like to help people enjoy drumming more. The list might make a good guideline, set list, or just
some fun stuff for you and your friends. Reading drum music & more. 7 pages, Microsoft Word (.doc) Here:
Printable - Reading Drum Music - Ways to Notate & Teach Drum Rhythms (word.doc)
You can listen to, or download these drum circle mp3's free here at my website. No registering, or signing up for
anything is required. Times are difficult, and not everyone can afford even minor music purchases these days,
so I want to provide these free of charge. There are a few more at the mp3 page link below. Thanks, & enjoy.
Sometimes we tend to loose track of time drumming at the drum circle, 25 minutes can go by like it's only 5.
The four drum circle mp3's below are on the 70 minute CD included free with my 101 Drum Circle Rhythms DVD.
BellyDancing Drum Circle Jam 2 mp3 Download More Cowbell Drum Circle mp3 Download Part 1 More Cowbell Drum Circle mp3 Download Part 2 Almost Fanga Drum Circle mp3 Download Part 1 Almost Fanga Drum Circle mp3 Download Part 2
These tracks, and more of my drum circle music is available at CDbaby iTunes Amazon and most mp3 retailers.
CDBaby.com has 2.5 hours of mp3s you can download for $10. CD Baby Drum Circle Music Link
If you are a film maker - show producer - making a video - for samples - or for any other purpose, I have about 7
hours of hand drumming, & drum circle music. It can set the perfect background mood or tone to a scene, or project.
It's world music group drumming from various cultures, and at a variety of tempos. African, Latin, Native American,
Mid-East Belly Dance, Funk, Soul, R & B. Lots to choose from. All of it is copyrighted and ASCAP registered.
My rates are very reasonable. Permission to use a track is usually on a non-exclusive buy-out, so no royalties.
Have a listen to a few samples at my CDbaby artist page, & contact me if you're interested in 1 or more. Thanks
I hope you enjoy your visit to my site. Please consider picking up a set of my drum rhythms, or drum circle CD's.
All of my drum circle CDs and rhythms CDs are also available instantly at iTunes and most other mp3 retailers.
A 2 disc set is ten bucks + $2 shipping. I also have a 4 CD set available in mp3 format for $13 + $2 shipping.
You get over 5 hours of live drum circle jams to put in your mp3 player, iPod, iPad, smartphone, or any
other mp3 compatible device. It's some fun listening, and a pretty good deal! There are number of full
length drum circle jams you can listen to, and a few that are free downloads. Here's the page link:
Here is a list of Dumb And Dumber Drummer Jokes - 100's of them (seriously!). Some of them are very funny,
some of them are well...kind of stupid. You may have already heard a few of these before, but have a look!
Drumming Humor & Drummer Jokes Link