Drum Circles Network

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.
Visit the drum circle finder page below, and locate one near you. Or, if traveling, bring a drum! Drum Circle Finder Organized by States: Find a Drum Circle Near You Link
Global Drum Circle Finder (Outside the USA) Organized by Countries: Find Drum Circles in Canada, Europe, Australia, & around the world Link
Average Price For a Drum Circle, and/or What to Charge For One: Pricing Drum Circles page link
Here's some of my webpages for drumming with specific groups: Drum Circles With Special Needs Groups: Special Needs Drum Circles - Click this page link
Kid's Drum Circles & Drumming in Schools: Drum Circles For Kids - page link
Senior Drum Circles - Drumming With Elders: Senior Drum Circles - page link
Deaf Drum Circles: Deaf Drum Circles page link
Team Building and Corporate Drum Circles: Team Building Drum Circles Click this page link
Drum Circle at the Dunedin Brewery: Drum Circles in Nightclubs, Bars, & General Public Events
Spiritual & Church Drum Circles: Spiritual & Church Drum Circles page link
Below is a sample from my 2 Hour 101 Drum Circle Rhythms DVD ($15 shipped) It comes with a free 70 minute drum circle jam CD. (It's also on Amazon Instant Video for just $8.) 101 Drum Circle Rhythms page link
Drum Circle Jam mp3's at this page. Available at Spotify, iTunes, CDBaby.com and SoundCloud: To the Free Drum Circle mp3's page link
Visit my other 2 CD set Wild Drum Circles, and listen to a few more full length tracks: Wild Drum Circles Page, & 7 Djembe Drum Ringtones Page Link A Whole Lot More About Facilitating Drum Circles: Info About Facilitating Drum Circles Link
Drum With Me Online at Spiro100. Here's a free 27 minute hand drumming lesson on YouTube: Learn to play the hand drum, or see an easy an organic way to facilitate drum circles. They have a promo going on their website right now, and they have a great new app also. I hear they have a 7 day free trial so you can check out everything else they have to offer. The range of other activities is amazing. There's over 90 videos to keep healthy, & in the groove. I'm told the monthly rate is $19.99 for full access to all of it. (And, it's a lot!)
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A weekly drum circle benefits so many more people than a monthly one does. It's a lot more work, and preperation, but the community around you comes to depend on it. They know it's there for them whenever they want to go. Some attend once or twice a month, some come every week, and can't wait for the next one. People from all walks of life came to the Dunedin brewery drum circle. I had no idea that a board certified neurologist Dr. Hammesfahr was observing my work for 2 years. He referred many of his patients to me for drumming lessons. His kind letter says it all.

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.
[IMAGE: Shannon Ratigan Photo] 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:

Shannon Ratigan Actor Page

Sometimes we tend to loose track of time drumming at the drum circle. 25 minutes can go by like it's only 5. Here's 6 drum circle mp3's from my different albums. Listen to, and/or download these free. The Funky Didge jam is one of my favorite grooves. Check it out: Wild Drum Circles The Funky Didge mp3 Download BellyDancing Drum Circle Jam 2 mp3 Download
More Cowbell Drum Circle mp3 Download Part 1
More Cowbell Drum Circle mp3 Download Part 2
Almost Fanga Drum Circle mp3 Download Part 1
Almost Fanga Drum Circle mp3 Download Part 2
These tracks, and more of my drum circle music is available at CDbaby iTunes Amazon Spotify and most mp3 retailers. At iTunes and CDBaby.com they have 2.5 hours of drum circle music mp3s you can download for $10. Please help support the work I do in our community, and this website by picking up a drum circle mp3 track or two. There's a variety of live drum circle music, or my 101 Drum Circle Rhythms Audio - Video $8. Just search on the title. Use the iTunes and CDbaby link below for drum circle jam mp3s. Spotify has them under my name also. Drum Jam or Rhythms Mp3s on iTunes Or, or click the CDbaby.com link http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/SLRatigan CD Baby Drum Circle Music Artist Page
If you are a filmmaker - game producer - making a video - for samples - or for any other purpose, I have about 7 hours of hand drumming, & drum circle music. It can set that perfect background mood or tone to a scene, or project. It's world music group drumming from various cultures, and at a variety of tempos, and styles. African, Latin, Native American, Mid-Eastern, Belly Dance, Funk, Soul, R & B. Lots to choose from featuring didgeridoos & flutes. The above tracks are free, and for personal use only. They are licensed and copyrighted, and been used in everything from video games to washing machine commercials. If you would like to use one in your project, contact me and I will give you a fair price on a buy-out to use one or more. I have over 7 hours of drum circle music, so lots of variety.
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I've taken some heat over the years for sharing what many feel is too much info about group facilitating. When I was young and coming up, many musicians helped me, so I'm trying to carry on that tradition. I believe we ahould be supportive, try to work together, and help each other develop as artists. Listen to a track, and scroll down a little. There's a lot here about drum circles in general, and, some good jamming! Various cultures, styles, & tempos. Organic facilitating is my style. To briefly describe drum circle facilitation, it's like putting a bunch of people together, and making a band out of them. It's fun to be in the band even if it's just for a day. Friends, strangers, co-workers, beginners, or pros. It doesn't matter, we're all equal at the drum circle. It's not rocket science. rubboard at the Drum Circle I was a very selfconcious kid. Playing music helped build my confidence, and I overcame it. I was hyperactive also, and playing the drums gave me an outlet for it. Many drum circles are family friendly - it's something positive and fun to do with your kids. It may help them as well. Maybe even encourage them to join school band.
Drum Circle & Belly Dancer Gift Ideas and More: To the Drum Circle Gifts Page
Visit me on FaceBook YouTube Twitter SoundCloud & CD Baby If you'd like to visit me on FaceBook or Twitter etc. and send an invite, I'd like that. I worked in Hollywood as a character actor, and musician for over 2 decades. I had some mighty strange experiences. (Including on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Star Trek Next Generation as a Romulan Officer). On my actor page below, I posted a few photos, and wrote a little about what it was like working on the show. Drumcircles.net on FaceBook Link
Drum circle jam Mp3s at my CD Baby Artist Page
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Feel free to email me with any questions. I respect your privacy, and never give out email addresses to anyone. My contact email is: drumcircles_net(at)hotmail.com (or, the link below.) Link To Email Me With Questions, Or Comments
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