I'm Shannon Ratigan, I've been a musician and drum circle facilitator for the last 35 years.
Here you'll find all about drum circles, & where to find one near you. 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. Visit some of my page links 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 around here.
I hope you find some of it helpful. This website and drum circle listings updated: September 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 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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
I'm celebrating the 12 year anniversary of my 101 Drum Circle Rhythms DVD, so I reduced the price. You can get
both discs for 10 bucks + shipping ($3.) to anywhere in the USA. (Also, on Amazon & Ebay for a few dollars 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 the digital download on Amazon for $8. The link for it is below the Paypal buttons.)
Use the Paypal button below for ordering the Rhythms DVD & CD in the USA. It's $9.99 + $2.99 shipping.
Use the Paypal button below for ordering the DVD & CD outside the USA. It is $2 more. (Shipping)
(Please note, for buyers outside of the USA, my DVD is multi-regional, & region friendly.)
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
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.
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.
Sorry, but physical copies of my 300 page book, "A Practical Guide to Hand Drumming and Drum Circles"
are sold out. But here's the Kindle link. A lifetime of good info packed into a book for only $8:
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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
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