"South Florida Drum Circles" goal is to help inform people of the schedules of all the drumming events in communities from Miami to Stuart. This Meetup is exclusive to drumming events, classes, workshops, lessons and performances of all types pertaining to world drumming, music, west African, mid-eastern, afro Cuban, Haitian, Brazilian dance and drumming and all music and culture originating from the African diaspora. All forms of percussion and percussionists, dancers and musicians are welcomed to come in share and enjoy.
Drum Circle Etiquette Guidelines
1. Never touch someone's instrument without asking permission.
2. Instruments placed in the middle of the circle are offered for the community to play. 3. Remove all hand and wrist jewelry to prevent instrument damage.
4. Always listen for the pulse of the rhythm, feel the groove, and support it.
5. Listening to each other in the key to communication.
6. When in doubt, keep it simple. Use the heartbeat to anchor the groove.
7. If you are a beginner, do not play cowbell, clave, or loud shakers. These instruments need specific rhythms with perfect timing.
8. If you solo, share the solo space, give others a chance while you take turns playing the supportive accompaniment.
9. Let there be space in the music, allowing room to communicate.
10. Do not intentionally change the rhythm, or tempo, this may happen naturally, as a group.
11. Be aware of your body positioning which can block the view, sound and energy.
12. Be aware of your playing volume.
13. Smoke outside the circle, preferably downwind.
14. The inner circle is for the dancers.
15. No fire spinning, poi, hooping or flashing lights inside the circle.
16. If you want to talk to your friend, or use the phone, go outside the circle.
17. If you choose to use alcohol or drugs, please do it away from the group. Don't put our group at risk by doing illegal activities near the group.
18. If there is a bonfire, keep a safe distance from the fire, and be aware of the fire keepers' path.
19. When a rhythm ends, allow at least a few seconds for silence.
20. Most of all... smile, enjoy, stay positive, and please pack your trash.
Anyone is welcome to reproduce this material, and pass it on, to help drum circles everywhere.
In the community drum circle, we are all teachers, and students.
Your brother in rhythm, Jason Megibow 1-1-13