Archive for Techniques

Samba Rhythm for Cajon

Ever wanted to sound like a samba band all by yourself? Kalani unlocks the secret of the samba in this excerpt from the PLAY CAJON DVD, available on AMAZON. Learn how to play the Surdo and Ganza rhythms at eh same time, making it sound like the are more drums playing at the same time. […]

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Play Cajon – Double Hand Technique

Ever wanted to play faster and with less effort? Kalani shows you how to use the “double-hand” technique (borrowed from Conga drumming) to play faster rolls, triplet figures, and use less effort when playing rhythms. The Double Hand technique incorporates a double bounce, which allows the player to produce more notes in a short amount […]

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Learn How to Play Cajon

The cajon is currently one of the most popular and versatile percussion instruments. Learning how to play the cajon is essential for producing the best results. Whether you’re new to drumming or adding the instrument to your skills as a musician, learning proper technique and applying those techniques so you can play a variety of […]

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Developmental Community Music Course – 2014

Join us for five days of musical bliss! Therapeutic Music Making / Therapeutic Drumming Musical Games / Music-Based Programs Drum Circle Facilitation and More ProRhythms – A Healthful Approach to Music Native American Flute / Ukulele / Drumming / Voice Program Design / Live Sessions / Peer Feedback DCM is Music with a Mission! JOIN […]

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The Giant School Drumming Circle

What does it take to get 150+ kids all playing together? How do you start? What techniques and strategies does one use to both control the group and, at the same time, set them free? Find out in this narrated mini-series about the giant school drumming circle by Kalani. This was shot during a residency […]

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Therapeutic Music Making

What is Therapeutic Music? Therapeutic music is any music or sound form that is used purposefully and skillfully to create a desired change in a person’s physical, emotional, or cognitive state. In short, it is music that helps people create positive change. What is Therapeutic Music Making? Therapeutic music making is the act of creating […]

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The Drum Circle – A Musical Approach

More and more people are finding ways to connect with the musical parts of themselves and drumming offers those with limited musical skills an accessible point of entry into group music making. The community drum circle is one place novice and amateur drummers can get together to share, explore, learn, teach, and be in community. […]

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Musical Facilitation Techniques

Would you like to improve your ability to facilitate community music making? Perhaps you facilitate drum circles or you are a music teacher or music therapist who works with groups. Depending on the types of services you offer and your personal musical skills, you might use these techniques for various reasons. One major benefit of […]

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Melodic Percussion (No A or E)

In this example from the Summer DCM Course in Los Angeles, participants explored playing tuned percussion, Boomwhackers Tubes, Orff Instruments, Hand Percussion, and Drums in an improvisation. Kalani demonstrates how you can use Orff instruments to create various types of musical effects. This strategy and some of the techniques are listed and discussed in the […]

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Leading Group Improvisation Experiences

Getting Started This article is an excerpt from the Book, The Way of Music. “What should we play?” “How do we begin?” By now, I hope that the answers to these questions will seem fairly obvious to you. If not, I suggest that you begin by simply making a sound – any sound! Remember: Improvisation […]

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