Tapping into your creativity 09 03-09

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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 09 03-09

    1. 1. Tapping Into Your Creativity<br />Timothy J. Allen<br />Creativity and Innovation Team<br />Strategic Relationships Office<br />NASA Langley Research Center<br />
    2. 2. Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument<br /><ul><li>Develops brain areas involved in language and reasoning
    3. 3. Improves spatial intelligence
    4. 4. Trains you to think creatively
    5. 5. Develops coordination
    6. 6. Burns calories
    7. 7. Teamwork
    8. 8. Appreciation for other cultures
    9. 9. Teaches you to conquer fear and take risks
    10. 10. “Doing” rather than just “observing”</li></li></ul><li>Why Drums?<br /><ul><li>Easy to start
    11. 11. Inexpensive
    12. 12. Portable
    13. 13. Versatile
    14. 14. Social</li></ul>It’s Fun!<br />
    15. 15. Parts of the Drum Set<br />
    16. 16. Parts of the Drum Set<br />
    17. 17. How to Hold the Sticks<br />
    18. 18. Now, let’s hit a little!<br />
    19. 19. bounce<br />^<br />___<br />Now, let’s hit a little!<br />
    20. 20. Drums 101<br /><ul><li>With your RIGHT stick (or hand), tap FOUR times on the desk in front of you, or the arm of your chair. . . .
    21. 21. Count out loud…</li></ul>ONE . . . TWO . . . THREE . . . FOUR<br />
    22. 22. Basic Backbeat<br />COUNT 1 2 3 4<br />R=RIGHT HAND R R R R<br />   <br />
    23. 23. Basic Backbeat<br />COUNT 1 2 3 4<br />R=RIGHT HAND  RR R R<br />F=FOOTF   <br />
    24. 24. Basic Backbeat<br />COUNT 1 234<br />R=RIGHT HAND  RRRR<br />L=LEFT HAND L<br />F=FOOTF   <br />
    25. 25. The Written Language of Drums<br />
    26. 26. It can look a bit complicated…<br />
    27. 27. But you are already on your way…<br />1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4<br />RH<br />LH<br />F<br />
    28. 28. Now for the fun part!<br /><ul><li>Pop on some music, any music . . . It doesn’t matter what style, just get a song playing.
    29. 29. There is about a 45% chance that any song will be in this “8th note rock” beat category.
    30. 30. That’s over 50,000,000songs…</li></ul>…that you can play now!<br />
    31. 31. For example…<br />
    32. 32. Rudiments(If single notes are letters, these are your first words)<br />Single Stroke Roll<br />Double Stroke Roll<br />Paradiddles<br />Flams<br />
    33. 33. Learn More<br />Percussive Arts Society International Drums Rudiments<br />http://pas.org/Resources/rudiments.cfm<br />Free Drum Lessons<br />http://www.youtube.com/user/freedrumlessons<br />Music and the Brain<br />http://www.yourbrainonmusic.com/<br />Equipment and Lessons<br />Music & Arts Store (In the Kiln Creek Shopping Center)<br />
    34. 34. Tapping Into Your Creativity<br />Timothy J. Allen<br />Creativity and Innovation Team<br />Strategic Relationships Office<br />NASA Langley Research Center<br />
    35. 35. Life Lessons From Behind the Drumset<br /><ul><li>Don’t grip too tight.
    36. 36. Play for the song. (When in doubt, simplify!)
    37. 37. Discover the unique.
    38. 38. Learn to read, write and speak the language.
    39. 39. To learn fast, break little things apart and group big things together.
    40. 40. Pay attention.
    41. 41. Be generous.
    42. 42. Have fun!</li>

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