I'm Shannon Ratigan, I've been a musician and drum circle facilitator for the last 4 decades.
Check out the drum circle finder link so you can locate one near you. Scroll down a bit more,
and visit some of my articles below, and I hope they help you along your drumming journey.
There's over 20 years of content I've built up over the years here.
Also ideas & suggestions for hand drummers, music therapists, teachers, & facilitators.
Working with all ages, skill levels, & specific groups. I also offer my 2 hour 101 Drum
Circle Rhythms DVD - Video, my 300 page drum circle book, & live drum circle jam music.
This website and the drum circle listings were last updated: October 2019.
I have a 27 minute hand drumming lesson below the links. You're never too old to learn drumming,
or if you are looking to facilitate or host drum circles, it's an effective way to learn how.
Anyone can learn to drum, regardless of age, physical limitations, or experience. Group drumming
helps the body, the mind, reduces stress, & it's good for the soul. My site is here as a resource,
since 1999. This site is best viewed on a laptop, due to my website coding limits. However,
there's lots of drum circle related content & topics. As well as for those learning to drum.
If you enjoy my writing, my 300 page book on hand drumming, drum circles,
and facilitating them is $8 on Kindle or Nook. You can read the first few
chapters free with the look inside feature. It is psychobabble free. It's
not rocket science, it's a drum circle. Also check out my 101 Drum Circle
Rhythms DVD - video, and drum circle jam music. The links are below:
Drum Circle Book on Amazon
Some of my chapters include drumming topics such as:
Average Cost For A Drum Circle & Ideas What to Charge For One
Reading Drum Music - Ways to Notate & Teach Drum Rhythms
Putting Together A Drum Circle Facilitator "Set List"
Cleaning & Sanitizing Drums For Facilitated Drum Circles
Ways To Get Free Drum Circle Facilitation Training
How To Get A Drum Circle Started & Including Everyone In It
Wedding Drum Circles & Drum Circle Receptions
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 - Kids & Adults
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
The YouTube clip above is from my 101 Drum Circle Rhythms DVD (or instant video). Buy the DVD & you get a free drum
circle CD. Both discs for $15 including shipping to anywhere in the USA. (Also, on Amazon & Ebay for a few bucks more.)
Please keep in mind on the video above, rhythms are 15 second clips. On the DVD each rhythm is about a minute long.
You can also get a digital download on Amazon for $8. The link for it is below the Paypal button.) No free CD though.
My 101 Drum Circle Rhythms is on Amazon. Over 2 hours of them. The full download to 2 devices is $8.
Here's the link, or search on the title. Physical DVD's are there for a few bucks more also.
The UPC Barcode is: 634479994692 - This webpage was last updated 2019
101 Drum Circle Rhythms Download Link
Scroll down for more detailed info, & some buyer reviews. The idea behind my DVD was offering as much material as possible
to fellow artists, & musicians at a low cost. You would be buying direct from the artist. (me) If you choose to buy it,
thanks in advance for helping out, I really appreciate it.
The proceeds from my DVD, drum circle jam music, & Kindle book go towards work with various groups in our
community, it helps with drum repairs, (it happens.), & maintaining the drum circle finder website.
It's been a free service since 1999.
Here's a pic of me from back in the day jamming on tour. (I've put on a few years, & a few pounds since then!)
Here's a few buyer reviews of my 101 Drum Circle Rhythms DVD:
"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
"This is an EXCELLENT learning video, no rambling explanations, just a wealth of different drum rhythms that allow
you to watch the technique and train your ear to hear the patterns. Wonderful." -- Cora C.
"Nowadays you can find drumming lessons for beginners in various forms. But after a few months, after you start
to advance in your skills, it is much harder to find suitable materials. This is where this DVD steps in - I can really
recommend it to intermediate players and beginners. Intermediate players will find plenty of material for practice
and improve technique and rhythm knowledge. Beginners can also have great benefits by studying provided patterns
and start to use them to gradually improve. You can use the material on DVD to learn provided rhythms or for soloing
inspiration. Phrases are recorded with ghost notes, so you can learn to use them to fill in the patterns, or you can
practice without them to improve sense for pulse and rhythm. Phrases can be used with PC or MAC software players
to continuously repeat selected phrase (as background for solo and improvisation practice), to speed it up or slow
it down while learning. Huge amount of material is provided for such symbolic price, so price-performace ratio is
exceptional. Those two hours provide months of inspiration, so I can recommend this DVD to anyone who would
like to learn and improve on djembe and other percussion instruments." -- Drazen T.
"This DVD is laid out in a very smart manner; each rhythm is performed long enough to learn it; practice for a while,
do another one the next day (that's what I'm doing, anyway). I am new to the djembe and hand percussion in general
(read: total newbie), and this DVD makes it easy. If there is ever a second one in this series I will buy it.
If you're just getting into hand percussion I suggest you try this out. The rhythms are also translatable
to my cajon, which I am also just starting." -- Steve S.
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, & facilitated drumcircles.
A drum circle is something a little different from the usual things you tend to see. In my opinion, the best ones
provide African, Egyptian, Native American, and Latin drums, and introduce rhythms from various cultures. Think of
a drum circle facilitator like a tour guide, that goes around the world with you in music.
I worked full time as an actor in Los Angeles for 14 years. I basically was auditioning constantly, and I
needed an outlet for the stress that came with it. Drumming was it. Here's my acting page from a few years back: