Drum Circle World (Past Blog Posts)

drum circle world

Over the past 4 years I’ve written a few dozen drum circle related posts at blogspot. I will rewrite them and add them here later on, but for now – I hope you enjoy reading a few of these, and maybe something I wrote helps you out. Some of the topics are below the pic:

Here’s the link to it, or search on drum circle world blog

Drum Circle World Blog Link

Putting Together A Drum Circle Facilitator “Set List”
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?
Cleaning & Sanitizing Drums For Facilitated Drum Circles
Are There Ways To Get Free Drum Circle Facilitation Training?
How To Get A Drum Circle Started & Including Everyone In It

Things To Look For in Finding a “Good” Doumbek Drum…(On a Budget!)
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

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
Sitting In With Bands, & Learning To Play By Ear
Team Building Drum Circles – Small Business & Corporate

My drum circle world blog is at http://drumcircleworld.blogspot.com/


Drum Circles In Pubs, Night Clubs, And Cafe’s?

Drum circle night at the club

These days many night spots, clubs, pubs, and coffee houses are struggling to find working formulas for increasingly slower weeknights. (Like Tuesdays.) Consider having a drum circle night. It quickly builds up a solid community around it with a loyal following that grows very fast.

Your cost is minimal to have a drum circle night. I’ve been doing this successfully for years at various venues. What’s really needed is an organizer to help keep things running smoothly, and promote the drum circle. Hire a local percussionist, circle facilitator, or maybe even a drumming group in your area, and support independent music. Just Google “drum circle” in your area to find a few. Offer them a base pay or a percentage of sales like 10%, and try it out for a month or so, but you have to give it time to grow.

Consider paying them a small base pay. Because honestly, there really is a lot of work involved, and the drums and percussion items are expensive. Since there is alcohol drinking involved, some facilitators will shy away from this. Also, it isn’t the drummers, musicians, or dancers that do the majority of buying your products. They will help support your venue and buy 1 or 2, but it’s the onlookers attracted to the scene that will do most of that for you. All you really need to provide is one microphone for the host.

My experience over the years is that charging a fee, or cover charge to get it established just doesn’t work. The honor system does. The host just needs to remind people to keep the drum circle going, please buy something to eat, or a drink or two.

So what about weekly or monthly? I recommend weekly drum circles to really get it established. With monthly circles people tend to forget what week it’s being held on. If it’s weekly, they know it’s always there when they feel like going. Most people will go once or twice a month, many of them won’t want to miss a single night.

A drum circle is kind of like having an open mic night, but better. Since it is interactive, everyone in the venue can participate. So rather than just sitting and watching a band or show, people can be a part of it. I would put out tambourines, maracas, and etc. out on the tables in wicker baskets to entice those who may think they have no rhythm, to get involved. Obviously this also retains the crowd longer because it is interactive, and people have more fun. (Even the onlookers who don’t think they have rhythm, eventually join in at their own pace.)

It takes a few months to get a drum circle community built up and rolling. You may already have one in your area that would love to have an indoor air conditioned setting with bathrooms, food and drinks. I go into all of this in much more detail in my book, “A Practical Guide To Hand Drumming And Drum Circles”. Please consider picking it up, you would be buying direct from the author. (me) And it would help me to provide work for groups in our area that have limited recreational budgets. It’s self published, 300 pages, and the price is $8 on Amazon Kindle, or physical copies are $18. A drum circle jam CD is included with it if purchased from my website drumcircles.net

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