In this video, I conduct a short experiment to see if you prefer steady tempo drumming or variable tempo drumming for a sense of calm.a

In a previous video ( ), I experimented with a steady tempo and compared a repetitive rhythm vs a variable rhythm. About half the people preferred the repetitive rhythm and half the variable rhythm. I’m interested to discover where your preference for tempo lies.

In this experiment, I improvise around one of the world’s most common drumming rhythms (3:3:2) at 8 beats-per-second (drumming starts at 3:19). Drumming rhythms at this tempo will entrain (synchronize) your brain to a relaxed, alert state at the low end of the alpha state. This is neurological calm.

In the second improvisation, I play the same rhythms using variable tempos. I start at 8 beats-per-second (bps), slow to about 7.5 bps, speed up to around 8.5 bps, and then return to 8 bps (drumming starts at 4:33).

Please let me know which improvisation you prefer and why.

In a future video, I will show what these two approaches do in a listener’s brain and explain how steady and variable tempos can be used therapeutically.

If you are interested in exploring this concept more, check out where I have a ton of both steady and variable tempo drumming across 7 categories, including calm.

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