The solo drumming is in the classic mode by Michael Harner using a single-headed, round-frame, hand drum. The double drumming, which some journeyers prefer, is also by Michael Harner, assisted by David Corbin. Both are using single-headed, round-frame drums. The drums are beaten facing each other at a slight angle, about four feet apart, to produce the maximum effect without excessive reverberation. The compact disc offers the opportunity to program 15 and 30 minute solo or double drumming play with callback. State-of-the-art recording, digitally remastered June 2010.Single Drumming Clip:
*Replaces the original CD No. 1—the same high quality, programmable 15/30 minute solo and double drumming tracks with callback, but with even better sound.
The incredible sound of the aboriginal Australian didjeridu (an ancient hollow tube drone), accompanied by click sticks, carries one into an extended Dreamtime journey. The didjeridu is played masterfully by Stephen McDonnell. The compact disc, as in the case of the others in the series, is for serious work, not for recreation.*
*Replaces the original CD No. 2 (CD cover change)—exactly the same high quality, programmable didjeridu and click sticks tracks, with an updated look.
This CD is inspired by an ancient northern European method for long journeying, the singing journey methods of the last of the traditional European shamans among the Sami (Laplanders) of northern Scandinavia. Drumming is followed by a women's chorus to provide gentle support for the shamanic journeyer.
The musical bow is the percussive sound of a single plucked string stretched tautly between the ends of a bowed stick, an instrument once utilized by many tribal shamans in different parts of the world. Here the Brazilian berimbau is played by Susan Mokelke, alone and with a rattle, providing a unique, effective sound for journeying.
Musical Bow Clip:
Musical Bow with Rattle Clip:
The use of two drums, played facing each other, creates more reverberations and overtones than are usually produced by one drum alone. The slower measured beat of this recording is useful for many shamanic practices, such as calling in the spirits, and may also be used for journeying. Digitally remastered to CD June 2010.
The rattle, in various forms, is used by shamans in many parts of the world. Here, Michael Harner shakes a single rawhide rattle to provide a higher frequency sound than the drum, which requires less volume to be effective for journeying.*
*Replaces the original CD No. 6—exactly the same high quality, programmable 15/30 minute rattle tracks with callback, with an updated look.
Unified, driving, shamanic journey drumming by the four Bridgewalker Drummers using cottonwood double-headed round-frame drums. The disciplined drumming in unison produces a full range of the auditory spectrum. The compact disc offers the opportunity to program 15 and 30 minute multiple drumming sessions with callback. Digitally remastered June 2010*
*Replaces the original CD No. 7—the same high quality, programmable 15/30 minute multiple drumming tracks with callback, but with even better sound.