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Welcome to the Brain Shift Radio blog. Here we will keep a running commentary on topics related to the radio, brain stimulation techniques and research, and music technology.
In this video, I talk about the development of my therapy Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention and the inspiration to create my personalized streaming music site, brainshiftradio.com
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You can learn how to play drums for healing at: https://www.stronginstitute.com/blog/drum-healing-opt-in/
In this video, I describe the state of flow and how to use drumming to induce and enhance it. Flow exists in the transition between the alpha and theta states of consciousness. A rhythm at 7.4 beats-per-second is a great tempo to induce flow.
Tempo is only part of the equation. Flow is characterized by a deactivation of the pre-frontal cortex (a phenomenon called “transient hypofrontality”).
To achieve this state of flow, the rhythms need to be variable enough to entrain the brainwaves to the 7.4 Hz pace, while not so complex or variable that they activate the brain. This video shows examples of rhythms that are too repetitive (not able to entrain), too complex (activating), and musically variable (just right to entrain and induce flow).
Note: You don’t need to play the drum. All you need to do is listen. If you choose to play, the 7.4 bps tempo is achieved by setting your metronome to 1/4 note equals 111 beats-per-minute and playing 1/16th notes (you play four drumming beats for every click of the metronome).