Play Shekere includes 80 minutes of beginning to advanced lessons and four, ten-minute audio loops to play along with for practice and for fun (we call it playing music for a reason!).
Each beginning-to-advanced lesson builds upon the skills learned in previous lessons, and is easy to access through the master menu.
Play Shekere is designed to give people from all walks of life, and at all levels of percussion experience, the Shekere, and rhythmic, skills that will allow them to play in a wide range of situations, including:
Performance: percussion and rhythm skills for all musicians and all musical styles
Recreation: drum circles, family/friend jam sessions, personal play
Wellness: to release stress, energize and connect mind/body and have fun!
As in all of Jim’s Rhythm Power® workshops and educational materials, each Shekere lesson also contains inspirational messages that Jim incorporates seamlessly into the instruction. In this way, learning to play the Shekere also becomes a vehicle for reinforcing real-world Life Skills and creating powerfully productive Life Rhythms.
Some of Jim’s Rhythm Life Skills™ include:
- Using percussion playing to reinforce relaxed breathing patterns and to release stress
- Two simple steps for not repeating mistakes… in music and in life
- Staying relaxed and focused, even while distracted or stressed
- A quick way to get into a positive Groove… in all areas of your life
- Internalizing positive intentions in the same way you internalize rhythms
“Percussionist Jim Greiner invokes the primal power of drumming to lower the participants’ stress, to exercise their minds and bodies, and to bind them together into community.”
– PBS special, Healing Quest
“The DVD is great! I like the way you made the Shekeré lessons individual, so the (viewer) can work with the one they need. I would like to order 12, so we can sell them in our Shekeré booth at festivals here in San Juan.
– Jorge Melendez, Master Shekeré maker in Puerto Rico
Sample Lesson: Lesson #3
“I highly recommend this truly educational DVD! Jim’s fundamental approach gives us a good grasp and understanding, and practical advice about possible applications. His clear and substantial format perfectly embodies musical content, good navigation and immediate call to action.”
– Laurent, “ZunZun” Lamy, translated from his “Salsa France” web site.
“First and foremost, it’s obvious that you’re a master of the Shekere, and a master instructor, as well. Everything is broken down and clearly explained in a very coherent fashion. I was pleasantly surprised at the progress I made while following along. My compliments, and many thanks!”
– J.B. Glenn-Anderson, Ph.D., Electrical Engineer
To order your Play Shekere DVD ($25 Within the U.S., $40 Outside the U.S.. Both include shipping & handling):
Would you like to start a Shekeré play-group in your community or school?
Ask about price/shipping discounts for quantities of five or more DVDs!
Buy a Play Shekeré DVD for each member of your group, work on one or more lessons individually,
then get together regularly and jam…
each lesson includes rhythmic patterns that fit with the others to create great group grooves!
Build community… release stress… amaze your family & friends… spread the joy of Shekere!
Ask about the LP Jim Greiner Shekere!
A great-sounding, lightweight, and durable version of the very fragile West African instrument; based on a natural gourd that Jim hand-picked from the field. Designed by Jim and manufactured and distributed by LP (LP484). Click Here for LP’s web site description.
Click Here to see a video of Jim demonstrating the LP Jim Greiner Shekere in the LP booth at a music products trade show.