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From: Carol F.
Sent on: Saturday, May 12, 2012 1:58 AM

It has come to my attention that the following drum circle rule of etiquette in regard to volume/listening is not always being followed:

*  Drum circle etiquette according to Rick Cormier clearly states:

If you are playing a lead part or soloing or playing LOUDLY and you see that several  drummers have stopped playing it is possible that you have lost the group rhythm and/or caused others to do so. Please play more quietly and practice staying focused on the group song. If you can't hear the drummers beside you, you are probably playing too loudly.

**Drum circle etiquette according to Janet Planet (Arthur Hull's Producer) clearly states:

At any time during the circle if you find that you can only hear yourself playing then you are playing too loud.

***Drum circle etiquette according to Arthur himself clearly states:

Play at the volume of the group. If you can only hear yourself, you are probably not having a constructive musical relationship with the rest of the players in the circle. Good volume dynamics create good relationship dynamics. Play softly enough so that you can hear everyone around you. While you are drumming, be sure to follow and support the dynamic changes in volume and tempo that the group will go through during a drum circle event.

This is a FIRM, not gentle reminder.  Playing too loud without respect for the facilitator or other drummers is NOT ACCEPTABLE!




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