Hand-drumming classes feature more than just drums


By Paul Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW
Join musician and music therapist Paul Roberts for a free hand-drumming class at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse on Tuesday, May 8, at noon.
The class offers a welcoming environment that encourages fun, creativity, playfulness and connecting with others. Drums are provided for those who do not have one.
Besides a wide variety of hand-drums, the class utilizes four-string Irish tenor banjo, lilting the rhythm with lively jigs and reels; five-string banjo, romping the beat with an insistent gallop; and cello banjos, which take the music to exotic and unexpected places.
Drums are intrinsic to banjos. Banjos belong to a family of drums with strings stretched over them, musical instruments that can be traced throughout the Far East, the Middle East and Africa since ancient times. Take a drum, a string, a stick to hold the string in tension and a bridge to transfer the vibration of the string to the drum skin, and you have a banjo. Drums and banjos play very well together.
The drumming class is designed as an opportunity for people of all ages to unleash their creativity through music. The class provides an innovative and easily accessible approach to the benefits of music.
For more information, email banjocrazy@centurytel.net or call 731-3117. The Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse is located at 230 Port Ave.