Category Archives: Jeff Strong

EEG Brainwave Activity While Listening to REI Drumming Compared to Brain Shift Radio’s Ambient Mix

In this video, I show you EEG brainwave activity of an adult male with ADD as he listens to REI drumming rhythms and Brain Shift Radio music. I also describe how Brain Shift Radio’s ambient track influences the effects of the drumming rhythms.

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Learn more about my auditory brain stimulation programs at: reicustomprogram.com

Watch EEG Brainwave Activity of an Adult with ADD Listening to REI Drumming

In this video, I share real-time EEG brainwave activity of an REI client: an adult male with ADD. I show you how his brain entrains to an alpha state of consciousness and then becomes focused. I also show how his brain is exercised by REI drumming rhythms as part of the progressive stimulation aspect of the REI Custom Program.

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Learn more about my auditory brain stimulation programs at: reicustomprogram.com

Are You a Sensitive Person? Try this to calm your emotions and nervous system

In this video, I calm your emotions and sensory system with mildly variable rhythms played at the low end of the alpha state of consciousness. Whether you are a highly sensitive person, have sensory processing sensitivity, or are an empath, this will help you feel more resourceful and less overwhelmed.

Try Brain Shift Radio for free at: brainshiftradio.com

Learn more about my auditory brain stimulation programs at: reicustomprogram.com

Resources for My PASIC Talk

17/16 Trance Rhythm

Here is a transcript of the 17/16 rhythm I played during my presentation.

17-16-rhythm-pasic18

PDF: Drumming Tempos and Theta States

https://www.stronginstitute.com/assets/components/media/Theta-tempos-2.pdf

Video: How to Boost Your Brain with Fast, Complex Drumming Rhythms

Activating the brain for memory and cognitive enhancement can be done two ways:

1. Play pleasingly variable patterns with an unpredictable, yet musical quality at 8 beats per second. This has an immediate activating effect and, coupled with progressively more complex patterns over a series of recordings, can provide long-term cognitive enhancements. This is the approach we use for the REI Custom Programs.

2. Play various tempos all within the alpha range of 8-12 beats per second (bps). Musically, 8-12 bps is 120-180 beats per minute when playing 16th notes and one beat of the metronome is a 1/4 note. This means that you are playing 4 drumming beats for each click of the metronome. This approach is the key to the Brain Boost category on brainshiftradio.com.

I end this video with a cognitive enhancement drumming session. Let it play quietly in the background and see how mentally clear you feel afterward.

Check out a free 14-day trial on https://www.brainshiftradio.com to explore more music to boost your brain.

Learn to play the drums for healing at http://www.drumhealing.com

Video: All About Drumming Tempos as They Relate to Brainwave States

In this video, I talk about the relationship between drumming tempos and brainwave states. I share a simple formula to help you choose the exact brain state to achieve your goals.

Download the PDF on brainwave states and drumming tempos here

Learn more about the Soundbrenner Pulse metronome I use in this video

Learn more about drum healing at: http://www.drumhealing.com

Try my music for free at: https://brainshiftradio.com

Video: How I Use Musical Phrasing to Reduce Anxiety

How do I stop tantrums, anxiety attacks and escalating aggression with a 16 bar phrase?Novelty, that’s how. Rhythm can do more than just calm the average person.

Learn more about drum healing at: http://www.drumhealing.com

Video: Introducing a Brain Computer Interface (BCI) for Brain Shift Radio

In this video, I use an EEG brain computer interface to show how the music on Brain Shift Radio changes your brain. I also describe how we are building a new music player and algorithms to let your brain drive the music for better results with Brain Shift Radio and the REI Custom Programs.

Try Brain Shift Radio for free at: brainshiftradio.com

Learn more about my auditory brain stimulation programs at: reicustomprogram.com

Video: How I Use REI Drumming for Sensory Processing

In this video, I shows how I approach the three types of sensory processing issues – hyper-sensitivity, hypo-sensitivity, and sensory discrimination.

I play examples of various drumming rhythms to influence these sensory responses and describe how hyper and hypo sensitivity fits into an REI Custom Program.

Learn more about the REI Custom Sensory Processing Program here: https://www.stronginstitute.com/blog/sensory-processing-program/

Video: How I Construct a REI Rhythm From a Traditional Ceremonial Rhythm

In this video, I show you how to play a traditional ceremonial rhythm used to lift mood and create a sense of empowerment. Then I morph it into an REI rhythm to help with mood issues.

to learn more about how to use drumming for healing go to drumhealing.com or drumhealinglive.com

To try more of my music for free go to brainshiftradio.com

To learn more about my auditory brain stimulation programs go to reicustomprogram.com

Video: Dissecting an REI Rhythm in an Old Video

Note: This is one of my first videos. As you can see, I’m not really comfortable on video, yet. But the content is good.


In my book, Different Drummer: One Man’s Music and Its Impact on ADD, Anxiety and Autism, I mention many of the rhythms I use as the basis of REI. This video explores the development of one rhythm to give you an idea of the intricacy of the patterns I use as well as the process I go through to determine the best rhythm to use in a given situation. This rhythm is in the time signature of 21/16 and is one that I find helpful in reducing a hand-flapping motion often seen in people on the autism spectrum.

Video: Mindfulness Meditation for Active Minds and ADD Brains

In this video, I play randomly variable rhythms in 5 at four-beats-per-second to entrain active minds and ADD brains to a deep meditative state.

Learn to play the for healing in a free video workshop series: http://www.drumhealing.com

REI for Calm: 3 clinical studies show reductions in anxiety and anxiety-based behaviors

Since our first clinical study in 1994, we have focused on how to reduce anxiety and induce calm.

https://www.stronginstitute.com/blog/calm-studies/

Quantitative Data Shows that Listening to Complex Drumming can Increase Attention.

Two independent studies show that REI drumming can increase focused attention. One study compared BSR music to the AD/HD stimulant medication, Ritalin, using a Continuous Performance Test (the T.O.V.A.) for an adult with Attention Deficit Disorder while the other study used a blinded placebo-controlled format for elementary-age children in a classroom setting.

https://www.stronginstitute.com/blog/cpt-test/

Bibliography of related music and rhythm research

Here is a list of rhythm research

Open Your Mind with This 5 Beats-per-second Frame Drum Meditation with Jeff Strong

Sit back, close your eyes, and let your mind open to possibility and inspiration.

In this video, I play a frame drum at 5-5.5 beats-per-second – the low end of the theta state of consciousness – to help you open your mind to inspiration. I have added one of my favorite Brain Shift Radio ambient tracks on top of my rhythms. Got to love those Adriatic Mara Birds!

To learn more about how to use drumming for healing go to drumhealing.com

Join me for my next Drum Healing Live workshop go to drumhealinglive.com

To try more of my music for free go to brainshiftradio.com

To learn more about my auditory brain stimulation programs go to reicustomprogram.com

Lift Your Mood With This 6 1/2 Beat-per-second Gonga Drum Meditation

In this video, I play my Gonga drum 6.5 beats-per-second to lift your mood. I Improvise around triple-based rhythms used for centuries to alleviate depression. Enjoy!

To learn more about how to use drumming for healing go to drumhealing.com

Join me for my next Drum Healing Live workshop go to drumhealinglive.com

To try more of my music for free go to brainshiftradio.com

To learn more about my auditory brain stimulation programs go to reicustomprogram.com

Jeff Strong Plays an Udu Drum at 9 Beats-per-second to Focus Your Brain

In this video, I play a claypot udu drum at 9 beats-per-second to focus your brain.

To learn more about how to use drumming for healing go to drumhealing.com

Join me for my next Drum Healing Live workshop go to drumhealinglive.com

To try more of my music for free go to brainshiftradio.com

To learn more about my auditory brain stimulation programs go to reicustomprogram.com

Jeff Strong on How to Practice Drums to Learn Quicker and Play Faster

In this video, I describe how I practice to keep developing my skills, even after over 40 years playing professionally. I show you the rhythms I play and explain how playing slowly is the quickest way to learn to play better (and faster).

To learn more about how to use drumming for healing go to drumhealing.com

Join me for my next Drum Healing Live workshop go to drumhealinglive.com

To try more of my music for free go to brainshiftradio.com

To learn more about my auditory brain stimulation programs go to reicustomprogram.com

Jeff Strong Shows How He Constructs a REI Rhythm From a Traditional Ceremonial Rhythm

In this video, I show you how to play a traditional ceremonial rhythm used to lift mood and create a sense of empowerment. Then I morph it into an REI rhythm to help with mood issues.

to learn more about how to use drumming for healing go to drumhealing.com or drumhealinglive.com

To try more of my music for free go to brainshiftradio.com

To learn more about my auditory brain stimulation programs go to reicustomprogram.com

REI for Calm: 3 clinical studies show reductions in anxiety and anxiety-based behaviors

Since our first clinical study in 1994, we have focused on how to reduce anxiety and induce calm. For ten years our research examined children and adults on the autism spectrum. This population proved to be an excellent anxiety-based arena for two reasons:

1. People with autism often have a lot of anxiety. And anxiety can rule much of their behavior. A child may tantrum when asked to enter a noisy, stimulating environment like a restaurant or shopping mall (or school lunchroom) or an adult may react aggressively when sharing mealtime with others.

Observing anxiety in people with autism is easy and noticing changes, however small, becomes simple. The cessation of crying in a tantruming child or halting of aggressive behavior in an over-stimulated adult is an obvious measure of a reduction in anxiety.

2. Because autism is characterized by an inability to socially engage in an appropriate manner or an inability to communicate wants or needs, many people with autism have little to no awareness that some music (or other intervention) is going to be calming. And if they have such awareness, many have no idea how to self-regulate to calm on command.

This effectively removes the placebo effect. And because we are not using self-observed changes in anxiety, but instead use behavioral measures, we further remove any effects of the participants’ expectation from the studies. Either a tantrum stopped or it didn’t. 

Our First Study Showed Significant Anxiety Reduction

Our first study was conducted in a public school setting with children between 6 and 12 years old. In this study we tracked immediate anxiety reducing effects as well as long term changes in anxiety levels. In other words, we wanted to see if listening to REI Rhythms would reduce anxiety as it happened (ending a tantrum, for example) and whether any residual calming effect would result in changes of overall behavior.

Immediate calming effects were significant. Nearly all the participants were calmed most of the time. The average frequency of time calmed by the recordings was 86.4%.

overall-calm.1151bd10a04d31a8ecc4e2a1b77c9675As far as overall changes in anxiety levels, we also saw significant changes as an average based on the pre and post tests. In the pre-test, average anxiety was listed at 82 on a 100 point scale. Anxiety on average after the study was reduced to 38 on a 100 point scale. This represents a significant reduction in anxiety over this 8-week period when the REI Rhythms were played quietly in the background. (1)

Subsequent Studies Support These Results

Follow-up studies with autism as well as other conditions such as Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deificit Disorders, and Sleep Disorders, showed similar reductions in anxiety while listening to REI music. 

aggressionFor example, a study conducted in a residential facility for adults with severe autism showed significant changes in anxiety levels both facility-wide and in individual behavior.

One resident was extremely aggressive before the study began, often injuring other residents or the staff. Before the study, incidents were reported several times per week. Within two weeks of beginning using the REI recording, his agggressive outbursts virtually stopped. And they remained rare for the entire study period and extended follow-up of 6 months. (2)

In another recent study, children within a public school showed significant reduction in anxiety-based behaviors while listening to REI rhythms. This study followed 10 students and showed reductions in behaviors in the following areas:

• Emotional outbursts

• Generalized anxiety

• Self-stimulatory behaviors

• Aggressive behavior

• Sound sensitivity

As the study states: Anxiety reduction can take many forms, especially with the large variation of symptomatic behaviors and characteristics present in children on the autism spectrum. (3)

Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI) Customizes Your Calm

Everyone’s stress and anxiety are different. Some people struggle with the stress of the day while others experience deep-seated anxiety. Because of this we offer several solutions for your calm needs. These include:

Calming Rhythms CD. This CD provides episodic calm. Just turn it on when you need calm; your brain will respond in a few minutes.

Brain Shift Radio. BSR is our personalized streaming music site. Here, you will find episodic relief for your anxiety. Plus, you can mix and match your music to play across the 7 categories of calm, focus, brain boost, uplift, energy, meditation, and sleep.

REI Custom Calm Program. This program is created just for you and will provide long-term improvement in your anxiety and anxiety-based behaviors. 6 custom-made REI tracks are delivered over 6 weeks; we will get to the root of your anxiety.

REI Custom Program. This is our premier, all-inclusive program for long-term improvement. We will make improvements in any combination of 10 symptoms areas you may struggle with, including anxiety. Over the course of 12 custom-created REI tracks, we can address anxiety, attention, cognition, impulsivity, mood, language and communication, social skills, sensory processing, sleep, and self-stimulatory behaviors.

Sources:

1. REI to Calm Autism in Schools

2. REI Rhythms Reduce Aggression in Autism Home

3. Calming Anxiety-based Behaviors in Autism