Drumming and the Brain: The Physiology of Keeping Time

  • Posted on: 2 July 2011
  • By: Sheldon Kreger

Basics of the Brain - Drumming is a Mental Task

Although often considered a very physical instrument, learning and playing the drums is primarily a mental feat. The complexity of the brain is dumbfounding. As any drummer will tell you, different parts of the brain communicate with the entire body to create a live, streaming flow of consciousness. However, few drummers understand even the most basic biological mechanisms and processes which manifest through this magnificent organ. This is unfortunate, because even a rudimentary understanding of the brain can create new levels of self-awareness which open space for immense self-improvement - both on and off the drum set.