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  • This was a presentation I gave at NASA Langley Research Center in the fall of 2009. It's about how playing a musical instrument (in this case drums) can boost your creativity in other areas. By the end of the session, dozens of NASA scientists and engineers had become musicians and every single one of them had the ability to 'jam' on the drum set to a variety of rock and pop songs.
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  • Tapping Into Your Creativity
    Timothy J. Allen
    Creativity and Innovation Team
    Strategic Relationships Office
    NASA Langley Research Center
  • Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument
    • Develops brain areas involved in language and reasoning
    • Improves spatial intelligence
    • Trains you to think creatively
    • Develops coordination
    • Burns calories
    • Teamwork
    • Appreciation for other cultures
    • Teaches you to conquer fear and take risks
    • “Doing” rather than just “observing”
  • Why Drums?
    • Easy to start
    • Inexpensive
    • Portable
    • Versatile
    • Social
    It’s Fun!
  • Parts of the Drum Set
  • Parts of the Drum Set
  • How to Hold the Sticks
  • Now, let’s hit a little!
  • bounce
    ^
    ___
    Now, let’s hit a little!
  • Drums 101
    • With your RIGHT stick (or hand), tap FOUR times on the desk in front of you, or the arm of your chair. . . .
    • Count out loud…
    ONE . . . TWO . . . THREE . . . FOUR
  • Basic Backbeat
    COUNT 1 2 3 4
    R=RIGHT HAND R R R R
       
  • Basic Backbeat
    COUNT 1 2 3 4
    R=RIGHT HAND  RR R R
    F=FOOTF   
  • Basic Backbeat
    COUNT 1 234
    R=RIGHT HAND  RRRR
    L=LEFT HAND L
    F=FOOTF   
  • The Written Language of Drums
  • It can look a bit complicated…
  • But you are already on your way…
    1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
    RH
    LH
    F
  • Now for the fun part!
    • Pop on some music, any music . . . It doesn’t matter what style, just get a song playing.
    • There is about a 45% chance that any song will be in this “8th note rock” beat category.
    • That’s over 50,000,000songs…
    …that you can play now!
  • For example…
  • Rudiments(If single notes are letters, these are your first words)
    Single Stroke Roll
    Double Stroke Roll
    Paradiddles
    Flams
  • Learn More
    Percussive Arts Society International Drums Rudiments
    http://pas.org/Resources/rudiments.cfm
    Free Drum Lessons
    http://www.youtube.com/user/freedrumlessons
    Music and the Brain
    http://www.yourbrainonmusic.com/
    Equipment and Lessons
    Music & Arts Store (In the Kiln Creek Shopping Center)
  • Tapping Into Your Creativity
    Timothy J. Allen
    Creativity and Innovation Team
    Strategic Relationships Office
    NASA Langley Research Center
  • Life Lessons From Behind the Drumset
    • Don’t grip too tight.
    • Play for the song. (When in doubt, simplify!)
    • Discover the unique.
    • Learn to read, write and speak the language.
    • To learn fast, break little things apart and group big things together.
    • Pay attention.
    • Be generous.
    • Have fun!