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Components of Healing Music: Rhythm

June 17th, 2010 · No Comments · music and spirituality, Music and the Mind-Body, Music Healing, Music in the Hospital

Of all the components of healing music that you might be familiar with,  rhythm is the one that can often hook people into a healing experience the fastest!   Rhythm is simply a pattern of long and short notes, sometimes fast, sometime slow, that creates a repetitive sequence that encourages predictability and a feeling of being “grounded.”

One of the most important qualities of rhythm in healing music is steadiness and regularity.  If a person is not feeling well physically or emotionally, they need a rhythm and a tempo that is slow, steady, regular, and predictable.  A good example of this would be Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”  Another example would be the rhythms which are played in drum circles, on the most popular group musical experiences for the last several decades.

Of course drum circles are ancient and the millions of rhythmic combinations possible make it quite powerful in every culture possible.   If you’d like to know more about drum circles and how drumming can be used for health and wellness, I have written an ebook all about it!  Click here to learn more!

Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the next element in healing music:  dynamics.


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