Drumming has been gaining popularity for more than a decade, with drum circles and classes springing up across America. A popular drumming teacher and former rock and roller, Helm writes conversationally of his life in music and spirit, offering personal insights into the ways in which drumming can open up creative space in any life. Following up his earlier, more basic book, Drumming the Spirit to Life
(2000), Helm expands on the idea that anyone can drum as long as one's inner critic is silenced. For the nervous, he provides simple, easy-to-follow notations of basic rhythms, as well as commentary on how those rhythms are typically used. What will probably engage readers most, however, is Helm's account of his journey from professional musician to teacher of amateurs and the spiritual lessons he learned along the way. Patricia MonaghanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
In fifty short "conversations, " a professional drummer shares his discoveries about life through the magical experience of drumming. He integrates insider's stories from the entertainment industry, practical how-tos of drumming technique, tips for improving your own drumming experience, inspiring personal reflections, and unforgettable tales of the healing effects of the drum on people's lives. The companion book to Drumming the Spirit to Life.