Rhythm rings are all the rage! O.K, at least in my mind they are. I picked up these handy little shakers at the Mid-Atlantic Region Conference and cannot get enough of them. The extremely helpful man at the exhibition hall stand was demonstrating them in the next booth when I caught a glimpse of them and had to have them. I’ve recently used them at “Kirkhaven” (see previous post) where it really added something special to the percussive accompaniment. A bunch of things ran through my head of how I was going to use them. Let’s go through a few:
- So adaptable! No matter what population you’re working with they can strap on to anyone’s fingers- from child to adult!
- Instant success! No matter what you hit, or if you just shake your hands they make a sound.
- As a therapist, you can use them while playing other instruments. With a guitar in your hands it’s very hard to try and play a shaker. Now you can!
- Great in a drum circle, or percussion activity for the therapist or the client.
- So many possibilities!
- They’re adorable!
So strap on some rhythm rings and start using them as you jam out, or in your sessions. You can find rhythm rings at http://www.westmusic.com. Here’s a little demo video for rhythm rings.