Business and Corporate
Drumming is a superb team building exercise for businesses and corporate events. The act of hittimg a drum is in itself enormous fun and a great deal of satisfaction can be derived from playing percussion.. In a samba workshop the group contribute their (at first easy) drumming patterns, which become part of a larger drumming piece. As in business so in drumming. The contributions from smaller units within the organisation form a part of a bigger business, and so in the case of percussion music the rhythmic patterns from the seperate units all work together to create what is an inspiring and uplifting percussion sound.
Most people can immediately get a sound from a drum, it doesn't take years of practice to do this. Drummimg is accessible to all. The patterns need not necessarily be difficult. In fact putting a single 'hit' in the rght place is often all that is required.
When embarking on a session of drumming everyone is in the same new situation that they probably haven't experienced before, and this naturally leads to an understanding and empathy with the other members. They are all experiencing and creating sounds they have never been involved with before together.
Drumming is essentially
great fun and the sound the group creates is powerfully uplifting. The
end result is an awesome sound that reverberates through the room and
courses through our body. It is a very poweful experience.
Music and rhythm are very much part of our lives. Evelyn Glennie, the world famous percussionist said that "We need to eat and we need to sleep, and we need music".
Listen to the sound of our drum group 'Oxiris' to get a feeling for what an experiental drumming session is like.
These are some of the techniques used in a samba 'bateria' or group. It depends on how quickly participants can assimilate the information. The rhythms are quite often necessarily quite simple. Samba rhythms can be made simple, so everyone should feel comfortable. There are more advanced rhythms and the difficulty level can be increased gradually over a period of time. This only happens when a course of workshops is embarked upon. The act of hitting quite large drums, agogo bells, tambourims, etc. is in itself enormous fun.
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