Forgotten Power of Rhythm--Reinhard Flatischler
Investigation, shared through exercises, of our essential rhythmic nature
in breath, heartbeat, walking, percussion.
at the Edge of Magic: A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion--Mickey
Hart with Jay Stevens
Excellent introduction to world music by eclectic Grateful Dead drummer.
Music: The Guide to Writing, Performing and Recording--George Martin,
A potpourri of tips and lore from the popular music world, assembled by
the Beatles' producer.
Guidebook for Piano & Ensemble--Rebeca Mauleón
Authoritative and accessible reference on Afro-Latin music and its rhythmic
the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm--Layne Redmond
"In the mother goddess cultures of ancient Europe, the rhythm clans
come alive in Layne's fascinating and insightful book." --Mickey Hart
Drummer's Path: Moving the Spirit with Ritual and Traditional Drumming--Sule
African-American drummer shares his wisdom and learning regarding all aspects
of the art and life of the hand-drummer.
Rhythm and African Sensibility--John Miller Chernoff
A Westerner looks deeply into a musical culture.
Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within--Kenny Werner
Werner is an accomplished jazz musician but speaks as the friend and mentor
of the musical beginner or performer alike. Take it easy, he says. Relax.
Get in touch with what this magic called music is really about. Listen.
Get out of the way, enough to hear what the music wants to say, where it
wants to go. If you can do this--feeling your musical "I" to be as large
as time itself--then you can say in the larger sense, "I am a master."
A definitive and scholarly study of West African music--its origins, its
instruments, its language and technique.
to Ecstasy: Teachings of an Urban Shaman--Gabrielle
...She writes like her music dances: rich, sensuous,
uncompromising, systematically therapeutic in leading us to the stage of
the fully human.
Circle Spirit--Arthur Hull
...A handbook of drum circle etiquette, sensitivity
and technique, mostly for facilitators or those who would take on this role
in part or full-bore. The most useful section for me listed some core "universal
grooves" to depend on in any situation. The first night I tried one,
a 6/8 bell pattern over a campfire drone, it set the tone into a higher
trance of group spirit. This stuff really works!
You Can Talk, You Can Write--Joel
...keeps it simple, and inspires anyone with anything
to say to go for it in prose; bringing also the more erudite of our ilk
down to earth with advice to get real.
Fiction Editor, The Novel, and the Novelist--Thomas
...light-hearted but precise advice for those
in the writing trade.
A Writer's Time-Kenneth
...bogged down in big projects?--inspiring and
practical advice here
a Writer--Dorothea Brande
...classic from 1934, just as valuable today for
in the Crowd: Players and Writers-Gary
...insightful and authoritative portraits of the
great in the New York arts scene
The Artist's Way-Julia
...get on track to positive, creative energy
...universe evolving, in our creative energies
Without a Goal-James
...between extremes of goal-worship and nihilism:
Do what you love . . .
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